Original ArticlesPersonalization of Visual Scene Displays Preliminary Investigations of Adults With Aphasia, Typical Females Across the Age Span, and Young Adult Males and FemalesBeukelman, David R.; Thiessen, Amber; Fager, Susan KochAuthor Information Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Dr Beukelman); Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Houston, Houston, Texas (Dr Thiessen); and Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, Lincoln, Nebraska (Drs Beukelman and Fager). Corresponding Author: Amber Thiessen, PhD, CCC-SLP, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Houston, 114 Clinical Research Services, Houston, TX 77204 ([email protected]). The contents of this article were developed with funding from the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (The RERC on AAC) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) Grant # 90RE5017. The contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the funding agency, and endorsement by the federal government should not be assumed. Tobii-DynaVox contributed technical support for this research project. The authors have indicated that they have no financial and no nonfinancial relationships to disclose. Topics in Language Disorders: July/September 2021 - Volume 41 - Issue 3 - p E1-E11 doi: 10.1097/TLD.0000000000000256 Buy Metrics Abstract Visual scene displays (VSDs) are becoming an increasingly popular method of message representation within augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) supports; however, design factors can influence the effectiveness of these images as communication supports. One issue that has come to light in recent years is the fact that selecting personalized VSDs, which depict the person with complex communication needs or an individual with whom they are familiar, is preferred over generic VSDs, which depict unfamiliar individuals. Although personalization is likely an important factor in the usability of VSDs, these images may be difficult for clinicians to obtain. As such, compromises must be identified. The purpose of this study was to explore the effects of controlling personal relevance factors (i.e., age and gender of the people depicted in generic VSDs) on the image preference patterns of adults with and without aphasia. Results from three very preliminary study summaries indicate that gender and age are both mitigating factors in image preference, as males tended to indicate preference for VSDs containing males over those containing females. In addition, females tended to indicate preference for females of a similar age depicted in VSDs. © 2021 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.