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Korea as a developing nation in AAC, possibility of success: AAC apps & wide cooperation

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Korea has been rapidly growing in AAC field: Korean Society of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (KSAAC) establishment, KSAAC official journal publication, Korean High-Tech AAC software and symbol system development. A nonprofit foundation in Korea has been working through a wide cooperation. The specific cooperation and practical use cases are shared and the main functions of a smartphone-based AAC apps developed by the nonprofit foundation are demonstrated.

Wide Cooperation and Practical Use Cases
- Special-education: as an assistive teaching and a learning participation tool
- Childcare & speech therapy: as an assistive tool for childcare and speech therapy
- Korea Institute for Special Education: development of special-education teaching material and the training program for teachers
- KSAAC: AAC contest, AAC website, AAC education contents
- Central & local governments: civil AAC development and education for public officials

MY AAC demonstration
The nonprofit foundation have developed MY AAC series, the smartphone-based AAC apps, focused on the functionality and interconnectivity: Basic, Child, and General and PC. Users can choose the most appropriate one considering their needs and degree of disability. On the development process, feedback from the users and professionals in special-education or speech pathology have been reflected.

- MY AAC Basic: for individuals who first encounter AAC or who have severe or/and multiple disabilities
- MY AAC Child: for the children with complex communication needs of school-age, their parents and teachers
- MY AAC General: for those who have complex communication needs or who use AAC to communicate.

Author(s):

Jae Sung Lee    
NCSOFT Cultural Foundation
Korea (Republic of)

Woo Young Kang    
NCSOFT Cultural Foundation
Korea (Republic of)

 

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