[chennai area, india] intro’d to Ajit with this TED:
A word game to communicate in any language
While working with kids who have trouble speaking, Ajit Narayanan sketched out a way to think about language in pictures, to relate words and concepts in “maps.” The idea now powers an app that helps nonverbal people communicate, and the big idea behind it, a language concept called FreeSpeech, has exciting potential.
language is so abstract – which is a problem for those with autism
helps to learn words.. but not word patterns how to give grammar (patterns) to a kid with autism.. how to communicate without grammar – linked by questions..
no longer linear – but rather the meaning – picture – the benefit – i could start anywhere.. and no words…
i told the carpenter that i could not pay him learn language at 2 – use different part of brain – than through adult… (because as adult learning it through native language) when using map – not using a support language.. what if we did google search in free speech? then you’d be going by thought rather than by speech so we create content in free speech – then anyone taking it in can choose to read it in their language If all my possessions were taken from me, with one exception, I would choose to keep the power of communication – for with it, I would regain all the rest. – Daniel Webster
Ajit Narayanan is the inventor of Avaz, India’s first Augmentative and Alternative Communication device for children with disabilities. This device works by generating speech from limited muscle movements like that from the head or hand, and can be used people with speech disorders such as cerebral palsy, autism, mental retardation, and aphasia. He is a TR35 awardee (2011) and an awardee of the National Award for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities by the President of India (2010).