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Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Roger Bennett, Rohini Vijaygopal
PURPOSE: Although numerous technology-based assistive devices are available for use by people with intellectual disabilities, device adoption rates of are often low. The current research examined reasons for non-adoption among two samples of people with mild intellectual disabilities focusing on transportation: an area of great concern for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The influences on adoption or non-adoption of the perceived benefits of assistive devices were assessed together with the effects of device complexity, transportation self-efficacy, desire for self-determination regarding transport, technophobia, and the desire to be seen to "fit in" with wider society when wearing a device...
December 1, 2023: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Turið Barbara Jacobsen, Ása Róin
PURPOSE: In the Faroe Islands, an Assistive Technology (AT) Centre allocates and finances AT for all AT users. This study aimed to provide a preliminary evaluation of the Faroese AT services from a user perspective by using recommendations from the Horizontal European Activity on Rehabilitation Technology (HEART) study. METHOD: The study enrolled 101 persons aged 8-95 (mean 69 years) using a study-specific questionnaire. The AT service delivery process (AT-SDP) questions included questions about the application and the implementation...
December 1, 2023: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Sep Hesselmans, Franka J M Meiland, Esmee Adam, Erwin van de Cruijs, Arthur Vonk, Fransje van Oost, Dwayne Dillen, Stefan de Vries, Eric Riegen, Reon Smits, Nanda de Knegt, Hanneke J A Smaling, Erwin R Meinders
PURPOSE: People with intellectual disabilities often show challenging behaviour, which can manifest itself in self-harm or aggression towards others. Real-time monitoring of stress in clients with challenging behaviour can help caregivers to promptly deploy interventions to prevent escalations, ultimately to improve the quality of life of client and caregiver. This study aimed to assess the impact of real-time stress monitoring with HUME, and the subsequent interventions deployed by the care team, on stress levels and quality of life...
November 30, 2023: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Jenny Cleland, Claire Hutchinson, Patricia A H Williams, Kisani Manuel, Kate Laver
Purpose : People with disability often require long-term support within the home. Advances in technology have made home automation more readily available to support people living with disability. However, few studies describe the perspectives of people using home automation. The aim of this study was to explore the experience of individuals living with long term serious disability using home automation. Materials and methods : A phenomenological approach was adopted. In-depth, semi-structured interviews were conducted...
November 29, 2023: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Young Sun Kim, Hye Ri Shin, Hee Jeong Yoon, Si Woo Ban, Young Gi Kim, Kwang Wook Jung, Hyunki In
PURPOSE: The predicted global labor shortages and health problems for long-term care workers can be addressed by care robots. We have developed a smart transfer-assistive robot with dual arms to assist in patient transfers. This study aims to evaluate the effectiveness and usability of a transfer-assistive robot with dual arms for long-term care workers in the Living Lab of Kyung Hee University. METHODS: Long-term care workers ( N  = 15) transferred healthy adults using the transfer-assistive robot and subsequently reported the workload differences of manual care and the transfer-assistive robot, as measured by the Borg rating of the perceived exertion scale (RPE) and the NASA Task Load Index (NASA-TLX)...
November 29, 2023: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Alexander K G Roberts, Cody Kane, Natalie E Allen
PURPOSE: Poor walking aid compliance and accessibility can put the user at an increased risk of falls. We explored the acceptability and accessibility of magnetic walking aids (MWAs) compared to standard walking aids (SWAs) in inpatients following joint replacement. METHODS AND MATERIALS: A non-blinded pilot randomised controlled trial was conducted. Inpatients following hip or knee replacement were randomly allocated to the MWA group ( n  = 20) or the SWA group ( n  = 20)...
November 29, 2023: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Isao Hiramatsu, Kousuke Mouri, Kay Penny, Bipin Indurkhya, Keiichi Kaneko
PURPOSE: In vocational education and training of computer literacy as part of vocational rehabilitation, learners often work on problem-solving exercises as self-study assignments, and check if their answers are correct. Sighted learners can get information on their incorrect answers by comparing their answers with the correct answers. However, learners with visual impairments largely depend on their teachers for getting this feedback. To remove this dependence, we designed a self-checking system for learners with visual impairments to verify the correctness of their answers...
November 29, 2023: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Hinpetch Daungsupawong, Viroj Wiwanitkit
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November 27, 2023: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Erika Pinelli, Raffaele Zinno, Giuseppe Barone, Laura Bragonzoni
PURPOSE: Exoskeleton can assist individuals with spinal cord injuries (SCI) with simple movements and transform their lives by enhancing strength and mobility. Nonetheless, the current utilization outside of rehabilitation contexts is limited. To promote the widespread adoption of exoskeletons, it is crucial to consider the acceptance of these devices for both rehabilitation and functional purposes. This systematic review aims to identify the barriers or facilitators of the use of lower limbs exoskeletons, thereby providing strategies to improve interventions and increase the adoption of these devices...
November 27, 2023: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Adam Carreon, Anna Brady-Ruehs, Toni Van Laarhoven
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to compare mobile technology devices (i.e., Tablets) with built-in decision prompts and branching to improve the independent vocational performance of four secondary students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and/or intellectual and developmental disability (IDD). MATERIALS AND METHODS: An adapted alternating treatments design was used to compare the effectiveness of the prompting system presented on Apple iPads and Microsoft Windows-based tablets...
November 24, 2023: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Christelle Nahas, Marc Gandit, Lisa Quillion-Dupré, Emmanuel Monfort
PURPOSE: The relationship between a patient and their therapist plays a crucial role in patient engagement. While Computerized Cognitive Training (CCT) may assist in preserving cognitive skills in cases of aging, dementia or acquired brain injuries, its effectiveness has not been definitively proven. Improving user engagement, acceptance, and software usability could aid in addressing this issue. The present study aims to identify potential obstacles and facilitators by examining the perspectives of rehabilitation professionals on the current usage of CCT software...
November 23, 2023: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Sarah Curtis, Lauren Sheehan, Emily Buchman, Sutanuka Bhattacharjya
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to investigate clinicians' perspectives regarding their usage of rehabilitation technology in their day-to-day practice and uncover the factors that impact clinicians' use of rehabilitation technology in their daily practice. MATERIALS AND METHODS: An online survey was used to gather cross-sectional data from American occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, and speech language pathologists...
November 21, 2023: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Sivashankar Sivakanthan, Brad E Dicianno, Alicia Koontz, Oluwasanmi Adenaiye, James Joseph, Jorge L Candiotti, Hongwu Wang, Rosemarie Cooper, Rory A Cooper
PURPOSE: This study aimed to explore the requirements for accessible Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) and AV services from a consumer perspective, focusing on people with disabilities (PwDs) and older adults. METHODS: Two national surveys were conducted, capturing current transportation trends and AV priorities. Participants ( n  = 922) with disabilities and older adults were included in the analysis. RESULTS: Transportation choices exhibited significant divergence based on the underlying causes of disabilities, showcasing distinct inclinations and impediments within each category...
November 21, 2023: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Beatriz Peres, Pedro F Campos
Purpose. To present the latest available research assessing the actual impact of reminder and guidance technologies for daily activities in Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementia's patients, outlining design implications for these technologies. Materials and methods. The search was conducted in the ACM Digital Library, IEEExplore, ScienceDirect, PubMed, Cochrane Library, Sage Journal, ResearchGate, and SemanticScholar. An iteratively-developed Boolean search string was built including up to 18 AND/OR terms across Four categories (Memory Aids, Technology, Daily Activities, Memory Impairment)...
November 21, 2023: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Miriam C Boesch, M Alexandra Da Fonte, Emily E Holmes, Krista L Nardi
PURPOSE: The rising number of apps requires careful consideration in how these apps are being selected for students with extensive support needs in school-based settings. Current practices suggest that educational apps are being purchased without utilizing an evaluation tool to determine the quality or effectiveness of the apps. A systematic literature review was conducted to identify educational app evaluation tools for students with extensive support needs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A three-phase search process (electronic database search, journal hand-search, and ancestral search) was conducted using 14 keywords to maximize the number of articles...
November 20, 2023: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Sara Benham, Brianna Milstrey, Jordan Stemple, Jennifer Davis, Derek Scatena, Jeffrey Bush, Stephanie Kolakowsky-Hayner, Katelyn Amy
PURPOSE: Disparities may disproportionately exist for those with disabilities when using mobile devices, which are critical for independence in activities such as socialization and leisure. Prior 3D printing studies in rehabilitation have not focused on mobile device access to everyday preferred activities. METHODS: This study examined user satisfaction, self-rated performance and satisfaction with daily activities while using the mobile device, and the feasibility of customized 3D printed assistive devices...
November 20, 2023: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Adarsh R Hegde, R S Sujala Reddy, P Kruthika, B C Pragathi, Sreerama Sai Lahari, N Deepamala, G Shobha
PURPOSE: The Government of India offers various schemes for various classes of citizens. Most of the application forms of schemes to be filled are in English and it is observed that monolingual individuals find it difficult to access and fill the forms. This paper addresses the challenges faced by monolingual individuals in India, particularly the elderly, people with impairments, and those from marginalized communities. The proposed work is to create an interactive system called "Dhvani" voicebot, specifically designed for the Kannada language...
November 17, 2023: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Ung Sing Tiong, Rui Min Chia, Kai Mun Abigail Lum, Frank Yizhi Fan, Heidi Siew Khoon Tan
PURPOSE: Rehabilitation professionals prescribe patients with suitable powered mobility aids (PMAs) based on patient characteristics, e.g., age and mobility. However, there is paucity of literature examining patient characteristics associated with PMA types in Asian contexts. This research aims to study (i) characteristics of Singapore PMA users and (ii) correlations between characteristics and two PMA types - motorised wheelchairs and powered scooters. It is hypothesised that patients' age, mobility status and medical conditions have correlations with PMA types...
November 16, 2023: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Claire L Flemmer, Rory C Flemmer
PURPOSE: Standard manual wheelchairs (MWCs) are inefficient and pushrim propulsion may cause progressive damage and pain to the user's arms. We describe a wheel for a MWC with a novel propulsion mechanism. METHODS: The wheel has two modes of operation called "Standard" mode and "Run" mode. In Run mode, the wheelchair is propelled forward by pushing a compliant handle forward and then pulling it back, both strokes contributing to forward propulsion. We report the propulsive force and preliminary testing on a rough outdoor circuit by three able-bodied participants...
November 2, 2023: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Yi-An Chen, Martin Norgaard
PURPOSE: To examine the feasibility of stroke survivors receiving music-based rehabilitation via a mobile app. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We recruited ten chronic stroke survivors who were community-dwelling with mild-moderate upper extremity (UE) paresis. Participants were encouraged to exercise their paretic UE with a commercial instrument training app, Yousician, with a piano keyboard at home for three weeks. The feasibility of the training was measured by: (a) the acceptance of using the app to receive in-home piano training (e...
November 1, 2023: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
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