REKNEW: Reclaiming Expressive Knowledge in Elders with Communication Disorders

REKNEW: Reclaiming Expressive Knowledge in Elders with Communication Disorders

We're researching innovative ways to support individuals with communication impairments through assistive technology.

Dr. Melanie Fried-Oken at the 2017 Ezer MiZion AAC Conference

Dr. Melanie Fried-Oken at the 2017 Ezer MiZion AAC Conference.

Dr. Melanie Fried-Oken was the keynote speaker at the 2017 Ezer MiZion AAC conference at Bar Elon University, Israel. Speech generating devices are now part of the basket of services offered to all Israelis through the Ministry of Health. Melanie spoke about the future of AAC technologies. She discussed the work that the REKNEW team is implementing for the RSVP Keyboard™and Shuffle Speller brain-computer interface systems, the CoChat app for people with progressive aphasia, and the SmartPredict app for people who use AAC technology with keyboards and want to speed up message production time.


An Assistive Technology Update with Wade Wingler and Dr. Melanie Fried-Oken

Dr. Melanie Fried-Oken was recently featured on Assistive Technology Update with Wade Wingler. On this podcast, Dr. Fried-Oken discussed brain-computer interfaces, how they are used as an assistive technology for people with disabilities, and where the field is going.

The podcast is now online here.

Announcing a Podcast on BCI and ALS

Dr. Melanie Fried-Oken recently completed a podcast on “Brain-Computer Interface for People with Complex Communication Needs” with Tony Heyl of the ALS Association Greater Philadelphia chapter. The podcast explains what BCI is and what it is not; it is for the general population and includes resources where you can find additional information.

The podcast is now online here.

There is also a BCI fact sheet for the ALS Association, written by Dr. Fried-Oken and Ms. Betts Peters available here.

REKNEW projects are researching ways that Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) can support adults with degenerative neurological disease as they experience complex communication impairments. REKNEW Projects are conducted in collaboration with various community partners as well as the following organizations:

REKNEW projects have reached out to several populations, including adults with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA), Locked-In Syndrome (LIS), Dysarthria, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). We have also looked at the outcomes of training caregivers in Alzheimer’s Care Units to use communication systems with their residents.

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