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Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Nienke C Homans, Jantien L Vroegop
Purpose: The study examined the benefits of transparent versus non-transparent surgical masks on the speech intelligibility in quiet of adult cochlear implant (CI) users, in conjunction with patient preferences and the acoustic effects of the different masks on the speech signal. Methods: Speech tracking test (STT) scores and acoustical characteristics were measured in quiet for live speech in three different conditions, without mask, with a non-transparent surgical mask and with a transparent surgical mask...
July 8, 2024: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
John E Pierce, Annie J Hill, Dana Wong, Rachelle Pitt, Miranda L Rose
Multi-Modality Aphasia Treatment (M-MAT) is an effective group intervention for post-stroke aphasia. M-MAT employs interactive card games and the modalities of gesture, drawing, reading, and writing to improve spoken language. However, there are challenges to implementation of group interventions such as M-MAT, particularly for those who cannot travel or live in rural areas. To maximise access to this effective treatment, we aimed to adapt M-MAT to telehealth format (M-MAT Tele). The Human-Centred Design Framework was utilized to guide the adaptation approach...
July 5, 2024: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Jin Hong Kim, Yu Ri Kim, Mi Hyang Han, Soul Han, Eun Hye Jeon, Eun Young Hwang, Jae Won Yang, Seon Yeong Lee, Gangpyo Lee
The increasing prevalence of mobility impairments underscores the urgent need for accessible and affordable mobility aids. To overcome the mobility limitations of people with disabilities, there is an increasing need for the development of lightweight and portable powered wheelchairs that can be easily loaded. This study aimed to perform an early health technology assessment and a formative usability evaluation on a modular (detachable) powered wheelchair. It aimed to gauge device satisfaction among users, pinpoint areas for improvement, and detect any unforeseen errors to inform future development...
July 4, 2024: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Marcel Schmucker, Andreas Küpper, Cornelia Mahler, Astrid Elsbernd
Purpose: The aim of this literature review was to identify and summarize aspects of the usability of rollators from the currently available research literature. Further objectives were the exploration of rollator requirements and the search for possible disciplinary differences in the consideration or elaboration of usability aspects. Materials and Methods: Following the PRISMA guidelines, the databases CINAHL, Pubmed and Academic Search Elite were examined in the period from April - May 2023. For the synthesis of the quantitative and qualitative data and the identification of prominent themes in this work, a theory driven thematic analysis approach was used...
July 4, 2024: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Marcello Farina, Emanuele Lettieri, Tecla Filippi, Francesca Zoccarato, Paolo Perego, Andrea Di Francesco, Giovanni Toletti
Purpose: Visual impairment poses significant challenges in daily life, especially when navigating unfamiliar environments, resulting in inequalities and reduced quality of life. This study aimed to gain an in-depth understanding of the needs and perspectives of visually impaired people in sports-related contexts through surveys and focus groups, and to understand whether their needs are being met by current technological solutions. Materials and methods: To accomplish this, opinions gathered from focus groups and interviews were compared to the technological solutions found in the literature...
July 4, 2024: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Alexandra R Jamieson, Helara D Wijesundara
Individuals with disabilities face psychological, environmental, and resource-related barriers to participating in exercise and sports. The lack of participation in exercise observed in the disability community poses great concern to this population's health. This review discusses commercially available adaptive equipment and technology for exercise and sports that help people with disabilities circumvent barriers to exercise. The methods section highlights various categories of adaptive tools and their cost, accessibility, ease of learning, and progress level to help people with disabilities determine points of entry to fitness that align with their needs...
July 4, 2024: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Joseph Peters, Michael Chen, Kathryn Huang, Marissa Siero, Jeannette Elliot, Adam Bleakney, Elizabeth Hsiao-Wecksler, Deana McDonagh
Wheelchair users (WCUs) face additional challenges than non-WCU to multi-tasking (i.e. open doors, cook, use a cell-phone) while navigating their environments. While assistive devices have attempted to provide WCUs with mobility solutions that enable multi-tasking capabilities, current devices have been developed without the input of end-users and have proven to be non-usable. More balanced approaches that integrate the end-users' voices may improve current assistive technology usability trends. This study sought to empathically understand the lived experience of WCUs, their needs towards a mobility device, and their perceptions towards hands-free mobility...
July 3, 2024: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Corey Morrow, Richard Schein, Gede Pramana, Christine McDonough, Mark Schmeler
Purpose of the Article: To (1) summarise the personal and clinical characteristics of persons with disabilities (PwDs) in the US who were evaluated for mobility assistive equipment (MAE) in the functional mobility assessment and uniform dataset (FMA/UDS) and (2) stratify subpopulations of PwD who reported falling versus those who do not report a fall. Materials and Methods: This study was a retrospective, descriptive cohort analysis of adults with disabilities using the FMA/UDS. Data are collected during a user's initial evaluation for a new mobility device...
July 3, 2024: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Nathan Short, Patricia Henton, Emily Smitson, Anya Barg, Leah Baumgartner, Taporia Brown, Makayla Jurek, Kaitlyn Langbein, Gilma Oajaca
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of custom seating and mobility services provided via an international service learning (ISL) model on the occupational performance of individuals with disabilities in Guatemala. A one-group prospective pretest-posttest design was implemented using the standardized Wheelchair Outcome Measure (WhOM - Spanish) administered on the day of wheelchair fitting, and at 3- and 6-month intervals after receiving seating and mobility services. A two-tailed t -test demonstrated a statistically significant ( p  < 0...
July 1, 2024: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Jessica Tsotsoros, Hailey Chamberlin, Reagan Collins, Katlyn McDonald, Luke McAuley
Current wheelchairs used in low-resource settings lack the adjustability required for children with cerebral palsy and are not well-suited for rough terrain environments. This study aimed to examine the durability and functional interface of two wheelchairs specifically designed for use in low-resource settings. This descriptive study assessed 14 wheelchairs used by children with cerebral palsy living in Kenya, Africa (Momentum Wheels for Humanity's Liberty II wheelchair n  = 6, Beeline's Honey Bee wheelchair n  = 8)...
July 1, 2024: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Jialiang Cui
PURPOSE: Existing measurements of the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) among practitioners in disability services often treat ICT adoption as a monolithic concept, overlooking its multifaceted nature within the disability field. This study introduces a stepped, inclusive approach to capturing this complexity, elucidating disparities in the utilization of various ICT dimensions, the present vs. anticipated use, and variations among different clinical-demographic groups...
July 1, 2024: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Alemu Kassaw Kibret, Tesfahun Melese Yilma, Theresa Claire Davies, Zelalem Alemayehu Genetu, Samuel Tesfaye Mekonone, Bruhtesfa Mouhabew Alene, Birhanu Mulat Addis, Kalkidan Nigussie, Rediet Getachew Ayele, Bilen Mekonnen Araya
BACKGROUND: Disability influences activities of daily living, leading to unsafe conditions, poor quality of life, and dependence on others and assistive technologies. Despite limited access and unmet needs, assistive technology enables users to participate in education and be independent members of their community. Students with disabilities in higher education face many challenges in their day-to-day activities and evidence is limited in the study area. Therefore, this study aimed to explore assistive technology experience and daily living challenges among students with disabilities in higher education...
July 1, 2024: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Mine Celebi, Anika Cheng, Bonita Sawatzky, Johanne Mattie, Jaimie Borisoff, James J Laskin, W Ben Mortenson
PURPOSE: Wheelchair users experience many barriers to physical activity as affordable and accessible exercise equipment options are limited. Thus, the home-based adapted rower (aROW) and gym-based aROW were developed. The objectives were to determine: 1) wheelchair users' preferences, perspectives, facilitators, and barriers to using the home-based versus the gym-based aROW, 2) perceived usability of the home and gym aROWs, and 3) recommendations to adapt the aROW further for home and community use...
July 1, 2024: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Willie Leung, Lu Shi, King Fok, Nicole Fiscella, Ming-Chih Sung
There is a lack of literature examining the engagement in strength activities of people with disabilities (PWD) using and not using wearable devices. The objectives of the current study were to determine the prevalence of strength activity engagement among wearable device users with disabilities, and to compare strength activity engagement between wearable device users and non-users with and without disabilities. Wearable device users and non-users with and without disabilities from eight states of the CDC's 2017 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance were included in the analysis...
June 29, 2024: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Ahlad Neti, Cheng-Shiu Chung, Nithin Ayiluri, Brooke A Slavens, Alicia M Koontz
BACKGROUND: Physical and occupational therapists provide routine care for manual wheelchair users and are responsible for training and assessing the quality of transfers. These transfers can produce large loads on the upper extremity joints if improper sitting-pivot-technique is used. Methods to assess quality of transfers include the Transfer Assessment Instrument, a clinically validated tool derived from quantitative biomechanical features; however, adoption of this tool is low due to the complex usage requirements and speed of typical transfers...
June 27, 2024: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Jelmer Braaksma, Riemer J K Vegter, Han Houdijk, Sonja de Groot
BACKGROUND: When selecting a manual wheelchair frame, the choice between rigid and folding frames carries significant implications. Traditional folding frames are expected to have more rolling resistance and power dissipation caused by frame deformation, while they are more convenient for transportation, such as in a car. A new hybrid frame, designed to be more rigid, aims to minimize power dissipation while still retaining foldability. AIM: This study aimed to assess rolling resistance, power output, propulsion technique and physiological demands of handrim wheelchair propulsion across three different frames: a rigid frame, a hybrid frame and a conventional folding frame...
June 25, 2024: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Mahta Alsadat Aarabi, Kianoush Abdi
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June 23, 2024: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
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June 18, 2024: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Orthelo Léonel Gbètoho Atigossou, Marie-Hélène Demers, Marie-Philippe Paquet, Isabelle Bradet-Levesque, Alexandre Campeau-Lecours, François Routhier, Véronique H Flamand
PURPOSE: To conduct a systematic review on the impacts of using mechanical assistive devices on function, performance in activities and participation of persons with upper extremity impairments, and to synthesize the strengths and limitations of these devices. METHOD: Three independent reviewers conducted systematic searches of articles published between 2003 and 2023 in Compendex, Inspec, Embase, PubMed/Medline, IEEE Xplore, and Web of Science, as well as manual searches on the RESNA website for conference papers over the same period...
June 12, 2024: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Katy E Griggs
PURPOSE OF THE ARTICLE: The aim of this study was to determine user satisfaction with manual wheelchairs in the United Kingdom and to determine areas that could be improved to help drive future design and development. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Manual wheelchair users, aged 18-65 years old living in the United Kingdom, were invited, to complete an online cross-sectional questionnaire. The link to the questionnaire was distributed using a range of methods to charities, organisations and wheelchair user groups via invitation by email and social media...
June 7, 2024: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
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