John Flach (Committee Member), Wayne Shelbilske (Committee Chair), Clark Shingledecker (Committee Member)
Master of Science (MS)
Assistive technologies (AT) enable people with disabilities (PWD) who are unable to use traditional computer workstations to independently access computers. The selection process of AT is complex due to the numerous AT available and the specific needs of the user. This study examined the process to select new AT for a PWD with Arthrogryposis. In part 1, a series of two different typing sessions (typing test and journal response) were completed by three different AT (voice recognition (VRS), head tracker (HT), and brain computer interface (BCI)). In part 2 only journaling sessions using VRS and the user's traditional typing method (touch screen) were completed. Quantitative and qualitative data was analyzed for both parts. For the current PWD, a combination of HT and VRS AT was selected as AT choices. Her results provided a discovery of important AT features and implications for improving AT selection for the general population. Future research is needed to explore these implications.
Department or Program
Department of Psychology
Year Degree Awarded
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