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Empowering Expression for Users with Aphasia through Constrained Creativity

Neate, T., Roper, A. ORCID: 0000-0001-6950-6294, Wilson, S. ORCID: 0000-0001-6445-654X & Marshall, J. ORCID: 0000-0002-6589-221X (2019). Empowering Expression for Users with Aphasia through Constrained Creativity. In: Brewster, S. & Fitzpatrick, G. (Eds.), CHI '19 Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. . New York, USA: ACM. ISBN 978-1-4503-5970-2 doi: 10.1145/3290605.3300615


Creative activities allow people to express themselves in rich, nuanced ways. However, being creative does not always come easily. For example, people with speech and language impairments, such as aphasia, face challenges in creative activities that involve language. In this paper, we explore the concept of constrained creativity as a way of addressing this challenge and enabling creative writing. We report an app, MakeWrite, that supports the constrained creation of digital texts through automated redaction. The app was co-designed with and for people with aphasia and was subsequently explored in a workshop with a group of people with aphasia. Participants were not only successful in crafting novel language, but, importantly, self-reported that the app was crucial in enabling them to do so. We refect on the potential of technology-supported constrained creativity as a means of empowering expression amongst users with diverse needs.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: © Neate, T., Roper, A. , Wilson, S. and Marshall, J. | ACM 2019. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record is to be published in Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems,
Publisher Keywords: Constrained creativity; accessibility; content creation; aphasia; creative writing; poetry; creativity; speech impairments
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Language & Communication Science
School of Science & Technology > Computer Science > Human Computer Interaction Design
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