Digital content is transforming our lives. It is becoming the standard medium through which people express themselves and access vital goods and services. However, many people struggle to engage with digital content. This includes people with aphasia, a language disorder most commonly caused by a stroke.

Aphasia, which affects 350,000 people in the UK, can affect people’s ability to speak, to understand speech, to read and to write. In severe cases, people may be able to speak only a few words or may have very limited ability to read and write.

The overall objective of the INCA project is to investigate, co-design and trial digital content creation and curation tools for people with aphasia. The research will focus on two broad groups of users: people who have significant language impairments as a consequence of their aphasia and people who have milder aphasia and therefore less severe language deficits.

INCA is a multi-disciplinary project which sees human-computer interaction researchers, technologists, speech and language therapists, academia and charity working in tandem. The work, led by Principal Investigator Stephanie Wilson, is funded by the EPSRC through EP/P025587/1 and is in partnership with the Stroke Association and Dyscover.