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Internet News : 27/01/2014
First Arabic symbol dictionary to be developed over the next three years

This is a project that is funded by the Qatar National Research Fund and is in collaboration with the Mada Center and Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) in Doha.

TradeArabia announced the project last week and now the daunting task begins.

"The background to this research into the development of a bespoke Arabic symbol dictionary suitable for use by individuals who have a wide range of communication difficulties is based on the premise that there is a paucity of freely available culturally suitable Arabic pictograms, icons, symbols or other graphical representations of language for use within the Arabic community. There is a growing recognition about the number of individuals who could benefit from this type of support. Their needs are being met by the use of externally developed Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) symbol systems which are not entirely suitable for use within the Qatari culture or surroundings. Some commercially available symbol sets have added additional Arabic culturally recognizable symbols but these are not available to all users as the costs are high. There is also a significant gap in the knowledge around the type of individuals who can make use of pictorial symbol systems and how they can be integrated into education and daily life."

If you are interested in this project do get in touch - the project website can be found at http://access.ecs.soton.ac.uk/blog/symboldictionary/
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