• Gabrielle Flahault

ChatAble, combining the flexibility of symbols and the context of VDS

Updated: Mar 17, 2020

In ChatAble, you have the possibility to create scenes, using the user’s own photos or drawings, hybrid communication pages combining symbols and scenes and symbol-grid pages.


  • Visual Scene Displays

Visual Scene Displays (VSD) are a novel type of Augmentative and Alternative Communication that has recently been investigated as an alternative to traditional, grid-based systems. The user takes a photo, an image or a drawing depicting familiar scenes, objects or people. The user can touch “hot spots” on the photo to speak messages that relate to the pictured scene or object. Compared with traditional AAC systems, in which words are represented by symbols in a grid, VSDs can offer more context by using scenes that are similar to the user’s environment. VSDs can be especially valuable for emerging communicators struggling to use traditional grid-based communication systems. Usually, young children relate to VSDs more quickly.

Here is how you can create a VSD communication page in ChatAble: