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"Efshar Lomar" A robust core vocabulary display design supporting languages with rich morphology

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The current state of Hebrew core vocabulary communication displays is lacking to non-existent. Communication tools and strategies practiced with Hebrew AAC users tend to facilitate context dependent communication while limiting or even blocking opportunities for developing independent communication skills with mature, rich and grammatically accurate expression.

"Efshar Lomar" is a Hebrew core vocabulary display. Translated literally, "Efshar Lomar" means "it is possible to say". Based on trials with a diverse group of clients it evolved over the past 2 years, taking many forms before arriving at the current design.

One of its most exciting characteristics is that it is not mutually exclusive to either efficiency (speed) or precision (grammar and morphology). This was a substantial challenge since Hebrew has rich and complex morphology. The design aims to enable users to relay ~80% of their messages while remaining on the anchor page. Additional features are embedded to facilitate rapid message production, expression of varied communication functions, and to encourage development of literate language skills.

In this presentation I will discuss the thought process behind the current design and demonstrate the unique features. The principles and features applied in "Efshar Lomar" may be relevant for many languages, including languages with rich morphology.

"Efshar Lomar" currently runs on the Grid 2 by Sensory Software. Future directions include adaptations to different languages, access techniques, and software platforms. Additionally, a low-tech version is in the making.

"Efshar Lomar" was created by Sharon Shaham, MS., CCC-SLP, in collaboration with the Omer Center and D-Bur Ltd.


Sharon Shaham    
Omer Center for Augmentative and Alternative Communication


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