Lessons Learned from Designing AAC Devices
The development of AAC systems described in previous chapters led to many insights into the most appropriate way of conducting research into this and other similar fields. Lessons learned included the composition of the design team, the relationship between developers and potential users of assistive technology, and the ethical issues, and potential conflicts that can occur in interdisciplinary research with a clinical context.
7.1 AN EFFECTIVE AND APPROPRIATE TEAM
Assistive technology should achieve a “real and meaningful change” in the lives of disabled people. In order to do this, designers and researchers need to have an appropriate team that includes:
• engineers with empathy and insight ...