Collaboratively designing assistive technology

Shaun K. Kane, Amy Hurst, Erin Buehler, Patrick A. Carrington, Michele A. Williams

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A major goal of assistive technology research is to develop technological solutions that solve problems faced by people with disabilities. Building healthy collaborations between academic researchers and individuals with disabilities is key to achieving this goal. It is clear that creating usable and acceptable technologies requires participation from those who might use them. However, recruiting research participants can be difficult across all types of HCI research, and may be especially difficult when conducting research with people with disabilities. Locating, recruiting, and working with participants with disabilities presents several challenges. The ICSCI has a seating and mobility clinic where patients' needs are assessed and where they are fitted for wheelchairs, if needed. During the internship, Carrington assisted with seating clinic appointments and with physical and occupational therapy sessions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages4
Specialist publicationInteractions
StatePublished - Mar 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction

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    Kane, S. K., Hurst, A., Buehler, E., Carrington, P. A., & Williams, M. A. (2014). Collaboratively designing assistive technology. Interactions, 21(2), 78-81.