Digital Communication Boards

The purpose of this study, which is part of the ARC project “A Pictorial Communication Framework for Inclusion“, is to explore the design of applications that would allow people to easily access images and use them as they see fit, for example, to place them in any arrangement on a digital canvas.

Through this study, we also seek to understand which types of pictures should be offered, for example, emojis, photographs, or a combination, as well as a variety of arrangements for images to be explored (in categories, or on a grid).

33 hexagons displaying images looking like emojis, some with 2 superimposed emojis.

This image show an interface with an image at the centre, smaller similar or related images placed around it.We will be observing how using the pictures may become a tool for self-expressing, or conducting a conversation, for people with intellectual disability who wish to use images to communicate.


  • Filip Bircanin
  • Nicholas Roberson
  • Sirin Roomkham


Robertson, Nicholas L, Bircanin, Filip, Sitbon, Laurianne (2021) Designing a Pictorial Communication Web Application With People With Intellectual Disability ASSETS ’21: The 23rd International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS 2021 – 23rd International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility.