I was the UX Lead for AssistiveWare, a company that develops assistive technology software for iOS and Mac OS. AssistiveWare creates apps for people with physical, vision, communication and reading impairments.
Proloquo2Go is their flagship application, a symbol-based communication app for children and adults who cannot speak. These users may be autistic, have cerebral palsy, or acquired conditions such as ALS, or Parkinson’s.
As the UX lead for the project, we needed to introduce a powerful search function to help professionals, family members, and the communicators to find their words. The solution was not a simple search, then a result, it needed to guide the end-user through the pathway to find the word, thus improving on motor-planning, and helping to ensure that they can find their words in future.
I performed research, interviewed parents and teachers, planned and facilitated the ideation workshops, designed, prototyped, and tested the solution with the end-users, through multiple iterations.
Full case study: https://deanbirkett.name/project/proloquo2go-search
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The outcome has been described as ‘game changing’, and ‘best in class’. The app itself is an award-winning app within its category, and the impact has been huge on not only the end-user but their surrounding network.
One quote from a parent sums up the meaningful impact that the app and function provided, “Wow, I’m having a wonderful time exploring Proloquo2Go. The search feature is an amazing addition and we have just enjoyed some fun family time searching words! Ruby looked delighted to see that it guides you on the path to the selected word. Can I just say a huge huge sincere thank you to everyone at Assistiveware – This update is amazing and will continue to enrich my daughter’s ability to communicate”.