[community] Cognitive access / simplified documents

Donna Saccutelli ds03xi at student.ocadu.ca
Thu Aug 11 20:18:45 UTC 2016


Hello All
My sister in law Louise Dix us a Speech Path and works at Bloorview. 

Would you want to contact her. 

Donna 

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> On Aug 11, 2016, at 3:44 PM, Foster, Julia <jfoster at ocadu.ca> wrote:
> 
> I'm not a speech language pathologist, so don't have significant expertise in symbol based communication, but I should have clarified that this is for a population who uses augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices, a number of which are symbol based. Good point that you added re cognitive load because it's good to note that it might not be ideal for everyone and just like anything one format might increase the cognitive load for one person and decrease it for another person. Not being an AAC user, I can't comment, but I assume for at least some AAC users, it would decreased the cognitive load, as it I think it was created by speech language pathologists with expertise in the area of symbol selection. 
> 
> So it's not plain English, but it is another example of different ways to format information. I don't know much about graphic design, but perhaps this highlights more need for collaboration between AAC and graphic design for mutual benefit/increased undertanding?
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> Julia
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> Personally I find the “Easy English” format very distracting and
> extremely difficult to read. The format also violates several graphic
> design principles and I am surprised they expect this to be easy to
> understand. Instead of reducing cognitive load I would have expected
> this to *increase* cognitive load (having to constantly ignore various
> forms of active emphasis, for example, or constantly flipping backward
> to find the beginning of the sentence).
> 
> I'm also curious what the relationship this has with Plain English.
> 
> 
>> On Tue, Aug 9, 2016 at 2:19 PM, Foster, Julia <jfoster at ocadu.ca> wrote:
>> Just wanted to share a nice example of an easy to read version for the ISAAC conference<https://www.isaac-online.org/english/conference-2016/code-of-conduct/> code of conduct:
>> 
>> *         Full format<https://www.isaac-online.org/english/conference-2016/code-of-conduct/>
>> 
>> *         Easy format (PDF)<https://www.isaac-online.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Final-Easy-English-ISAAC-CoC.pdf>
>> I didn't test it with a screenreader, so for screen reader users, the images are symbols to represent the text they stand beside (something an individual who communicates through symbols or symbols and words might use).
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