VoiceAdapt aims at developing an intelligent personalization and adaption engine for persons (older adults) with aphasia (PwA), caused by acquired brain injury (e.g., stroke). To ensure to meet the target groups’ needs, an iterative development and evaluation process will be applied. One important first step within the project was to identify potential end users’ needs. Therefore, interviews with PwA and experts (medical experts, therapists, informal care givers) were carried out. We aimed at better understanding barriers the target group faces in everyday life, aim at identifying success factors, barriers, and pitfalls of therapeutically interventions, and to what extent digital training tools were considered useful and why. Accordingly, the following central research questions were defined:
RQ1 What barriers and obstacles do PwA face in everyday life?
RQ2 What are obstacles for PwA to regularly take part in (speech) rehabilitation programs and to make progress? (in general, not specifically for PC-based speech rehabilitation programs)
RQ3 What motivates PwA to regularly take part in (speech) rehabilitation programs and to make progress? (in general)
RQ4 To what extent are digital training tools considered useful for (speech) rehabilitation and training?
Overall three potential end users (PwA) and 10 medical experts/caregivers took part in the interviews. Eight interviews were carried out in Austria and five interviews in Germany. This deliverable describes the methodology and the results from the semi-structured interviews. Moreover, central implications are described building the basis for the development of use cases and scenarios (T2.2) reported in D2.2.