Personas

Personas are hypothetical archetypes of actual users. Although they are imaginary, they are defined with significant rigour and precision. This level of accuracy can only be reached by founding the personas on real data obtained from field research studying real people. The aim here is to make them approachable for all members of a project-team so that developers, designers, managers and other stakeholders can develop empathy for their end-users. The persona can almost become a real person, which will facilitate all layers in a project team to keep thinking from the user's perspective without being influenced by personal biases. During the entire design-process all developers, managers and other team members can refer in a critical manner to the personas to assure the work progresses on the right path. Design efforts can be prioritized or given a specific weight per functionality which will help prioritise the different use cases within AEGIS.

Below are the personas developed for the AEGIS project.

Cognitive impairment

  • Dementia/Alzheimer disease (Peter Vandezande (Multiple Sclerosis - memory loss - reduced dexterity))
  • Dysarthria (Emma Karlsson (Dysarthria))
  • Learning disability (LD) (Nitesh Sarin (Dyslexic and colour blind), Adam Ljung (Learning disability))
  • Learning disability (LD) - Speech and language disorders (Nitesh Sarin (Dyslexic and colour blind), Jane Brown (Cerebral Palsy))
  • Learning disability (LD) - Academic skills disorders (Jane Brown (Cerebral Palsy))

Hearing impairments

  • Conductive Hearing Loss (Emma Karlsson (Dysarthria), Edward Hodgins (Hypoacusis))
  • Sensorineural Hearing Loss (Edward Hodgins (Hypoacusis))
  • Profound hearing loss (Edward Hodgins (Hypoacusis), Tomasa Almaraz (Deaf))

Vision impairments

  • Low vision / Loss of central vision (Märta Hansson (Macular degeneration))
  • Low vision / Blurred vision (Gert Van Dijk (Partly blurred vision))
  • Blindness (Paulina Reyes (Blind))
  • Colour-blindness (Nitesh Sarin (Dyslexic and colour blind))

Communication received and producing impairments

  • Expressive language disorder (Carlos Portillo (Moderate Aphasia - Paraphasia), Wayne Edwards (Global aphasia - short term memory loss), Emma Karlsson (Dysarthria))
  • Communication disability (Tomasa Almaraz (Deaf), Carlos Portillo (Moderate Aphasia - Paraphasia), Wayne Edwards (Global aphasia - short term memory loss), Emma Karlsson (Dysarthria), Nitesh Sarin (Dyslexic and colour blind), Jane Brown (Cerebral Palsy))

Upper limb impairment

  • Cerebral palsy (Mikel Vargas (Spina bifida), Jane Brown (Cerebral Palsy))
  • Multiple sclerosis (Peter Vandezande (Multiple Sclerosis - memory loss - reduced dexterity))
  • Dystrophy (Caroline Combs (Muscular dystrophy))
  • Absent limb/ reduced limb function (Peter Vandezande (Multiple Sclerosis - memory loss - reduced dexterity), Ramin El-Fassi (Dexterity problems), Caroline Combs (Muscular dystrophy), Mikel Vargas (Spina bifida), Jane Brown (Cerebral Palsy))

2 developers

  • Software developer - Benoit Dupré
  • Accessibility expert - Clyde Channing