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RESEARCH & EVALUATION

Research on Accessible and Assistive Technology at the Institute on Disabilities

Despite the potential benefits, individuals with intellectual disabilities underuse many types of assistive technology (AT), despite the far-reaching potential benefits. A number of research projects related to assistive technology use have been conducted, including:

AT For Cognitive Disabilities

Assistive technology for cognitive disabilities, which evaluates the use of commercially available generic technologies to support the memory and organization of adults with intellectual disabilities in naturalistic settings. (Funded by Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center grant funded by The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research )

Web Usability Study

A usability study to determine whether web browser enhancements improve the effectiveness, accuracy, efficiency and satisfaction of adults with significant physical and communication disabilities who rely on communication technology in their use of the world wide web. ( Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center grant funded by The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research through a subcontract with Duke University)

AAC Vocabulary to support socially valued adult roles

Individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and their families have new expectations for life after high school, including attending college, becoming employed, managing personal assistance services and transportation, and having intimate relations. However, the vocabulary needed to support these socially-valued adult roles may not be available in pre-programmed devices nor in commonly used visual symbol systems. This purpose of this research was to determine whether vocabulary needed to participate in 6 socially-valued adult roles (i.e., college life; sexuality, intimacy, and sex; reporting crime; managing personal assistance services; managing health care; and using transportation) currently existed in 3 widely used symbol sets. (Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center grant funded by The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research)

Engendering Digital Independence

Engendering Digital Independence seeks to determine the extent to which individuals who rely on AAC have access to the many opportunities provided by the web and to improve their access via online mentoring. This research is funded by NIDRR through a subcontract with Duke University. (Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center grant funded by The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research)