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Coverage of ethics within the artificial intelligence and machine learning academic literature: The case of disabled people.

Assist Technol 2019 Apr 17:1-7. Epub 2019 Apr 17.

a Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies, Department of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine , University of Calgary , Calgary , Alberta , Canada.

Disabled people are often the anticipated users of scientific and technological products and processes advanced and enabled by artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). Disabled people are also impacted by societal impacts of AI/ML. Many ethical issues are identified within AI/ML as fields and within individual applications of AI/ML. Read More

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Translation and cross-cultural adaptation of the Wheelchair Skills Test (WST) version 4.3 form from English to Colombian Spanish.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2019 Apr 15:1-7. Epub 2019 Apr 15.

a Department of Human Body Movement , Universidad Nacional De Colombia , Bogotá , Colombia.

Introduction: The World Health Organization estimates that in 2010, 15% of the world's population lived with some form of disability and 10% of these people required wheelchairs. Colombia and other Spanish-speaking countries lack reliable scales, and ones that are in Spanish, to assess wheelchair handling skills such as that provided by the Wheelchair Skills Test 4.3. Read More

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April 2019
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Technology to encourage meaningful activities following brain injury.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2019 Apr 15:1-14. Epub 2019 Apr 15.

a Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow , Glasgow , UK.

Background: Cognitive and behavioural difficulties after acquired brain injury (ABI) may lead to reduced engagement in leisure and social activities. Increasing participation is a goal of neuropsychological rehabilitation and assistive and behaviour change technology can play an important role in this. Focus groups and interviews were conductive with brain injury rehabilitation stakeholders (n = 24): people with ABI (n = 9), family members (n = 3) and care providers (n = 12) in order to understand the barriers to engaging in meaningful activities and what helps to overcome these barriers. Read More

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April 2019
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A narrative review: current upper limb prosthetic options and design.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2019 Apr 11:1-10. Epub 2019 Apr 11.

a Arm Dynamics , Redondo Beach , CA , USA.

Purpose: This review was conducted to provide an overview of current literature as it relates to upper limb difference, available componentry, and prosthetic options and design. Emerging technologies combined with an increased awareness of the limb difference community have contributed to recent advancements in upper extremity prosthetics.

Methods: A search of five major clinical databases utilizing keywords relating to upper limb prostheses, componenty and limb difference levels resulted in over 1200 articles. Read More

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April 2019
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Functional electrical stimulation compared with ankle-foot orthosis in subacute post stroke patients with foot drop: A pilot study.

Assist Technol 2019 Apr 4:1-8. Epub 2019 Apr 4.

a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation , Hadassah Mount Scopus University Hospital , Jerusalem , Israel.

Background: The conventional treatment for foot drop includes an ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) or functional electrical stimulation (FES).

Goal: To compare gait parameters in patients following a subacute post stroke with foot drop treated with AFO or FES.

Method: Twenty one subacute patients with stroke with foot drop were fitted with FES (N = 10) or AFO (N = 11). Read More

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April 2019
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An evaluation of the use of a lateral wedged insole and a valgus knee brace in combination in subjects with medial compartment knee osteoarthritis (OA).

Assist Technol 2019 Apr 4:1-8. Epub 2019 Apr 4.

b Orthopedic surgery department , Tehran University of Medical Sciences , Tehran , Iran (the Islamic Republic of).

Aim: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect (6 weeks) of the use of a knee brace and a lateral wedge insole, both in isolation and combined, on the knee adduction moment (KAM), pain levels, kinematics (velocity, stride length, cadence), knee ROM, function, and satisfaction in patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA).

Methods: Twenty-one patients with medial compartment knee OA were participated in this study. A relatively light three-point valgus knee brace (VB) and full length custom-made lateral wedge insole with arch support were prepared for each subject. Read More

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April 2019
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Communication skills among children with spinal muscular atrophy type 1: A parent survey.

Assist Technol 2019 Apr 4:1-11. Epub 2019 Apr 4.

b Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Children's National Health System , Washington DC , USA.

Spinal muscular atrophy is one of the most common fatal autosomal recessive disorders. Children diagnosed with SMA Type 1 (SMAT1) demonstrate severe oral motor weakness and flaccid dysarthria progressing to complete anarthria. A review of literature illustrates that little has been described regarding augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) use among these children, although communication has a critical impact on quality of life and participation in daily activities. Read More

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April 2019
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Stander use for an adolescent with cerebral palsy at GMFCS level V with hip and knee contractures.

Assist Technol 2019 Apr 4:1-7. Epub 2019 Apr 4.

b Montgomery County Infants and Toddlers Program , Rockville , Maryland , USA.

Aims: Adolescents with cerebral palsy (CP) report high rates of pain and contractures. Standing may positively affect these outcomes, yet there are no published studies on how to accommodate contractures or when a stander is no longer beneficial. This is the first study that answers the question: Can an adolescent with CP and 40-degree knee and/or hip flexion contractures benefit from a standing program, after being non-weight bearing for many years?

Methods: A 16-year-old male with spastic tetraplegic CP, Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) level V, used a stander with a "knee and hip contracture system. Read More

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April 2019
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A pilot study of children and parents experiences of the use of a new assistive device, the electro suit Mollii.

Assist Technol 2019 Apr 4:1-8. Epub 2019 Apr 4.

b Department of Health Sciences , Luleå University of Technology , Luleå , Sweden.

Electrical stimulation has been used for many years to treat spasticity in children with cerebral palsy and some improvements have been noted. Building on the benefits of electrical stimulation, a new assistive device, a suit with imbedded electrodes designed to reduce spasticity through electrical stimulation of the antagonistic muscles, has been tested.

Aim: The aim of this study was to describe experiences from children with cerebral palsy and their parents regarding the use of the suit. Read More

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April 2019
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Toward a national system of assistive technology outcomes measurement.

Assist Technol 2019 Apr 4:1-8. Epub 2019 Apr 4.

c Occupational Science & Technology , University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee , Milwaukee , Wisconsin , USA.

For more than two decades the assistive technology outcomes literature has featured repeated calls for clinical research to demonstrate the impact of device recommendations, as well as substantial discussion of tools for measuring AT outcomes. Unfortunately, data are still not routinely collected in most AT service delivery settings, which undermines the field. This paper describes a framework for developing a national cloud-based system of AT outcomes measurement that emerged from structured discussions with clinicians, researchers, and manufacturers. Read More

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Comparison between joystick- and gaze-controlled electric wheelchair during narrow doorway crossing: Feasibility study and movement analysis.

Assist Technol 2019 Apr 4:1-12. Epub 2019 Apr 4.

a Laboratoire de Biomodélisation et d'Ingénierie des Handicaps , Université de Toulon , Toulon -var , La Garde , France.

Due to motor deficiencies inducing low force capabilities or tremor, many persons have great difficulties to use joystick-operated wheelchairs. To alleviate such difficulties, alternative interfaces using vocal, gaze, or brain signals are now becoming available. While promising, these systems still need to be evaluated thoroughly. Read More

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Creating a digital memory notebook application for individuals with mild cognitive impairment to support everyday functioning.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2019 Mar 25:1-11. Epub 2019 Mar 25.

a Department of Psychology , Washington State University , Pullman , WA , USA.

Purpose: Memory impairment can necessitate use of external memory aids to preserve functional independence. As external aids can be difficult to learn and remember to use, technology may improve the efficacy of current rehabilitation strategies. We detail the iterative development of a digital application of a paper-and-pencil memory notebook. Read More

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March 2019
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Comparison of carbon fibre and aluminium materials in the construction of ultralight wheelchairs.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2019 Mar 25:1-10. Epub 2019 Mar 25.

a VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System , Human Engineering Research Laboratories , Pittsburgh , PA , USA.

Carbon fibre-reinforced polymers have been used in the sporting goods industry for decades, and wheelchairs have incorporated the material since the late 1980s. There is no independently collected data available on carbon fibre-reinforced polymer wheelchairs' performance on the ANSI/RESNA testing standards, however. This study evaluated three full carbon fibre wheelchair specimens to determine their performance versus similar wheelchairs. Read More

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Multicase study on product design in the area of assistive technology in Brazil.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2019 Mar 25:1-11. Epub 2019 Mar 25.

b Postgraduate Program of Design , Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, Universidade Federal de São Carlos , São Paulo , Brazil.

Purpose: The present research aims to contribute to the comprehension of the product development process (PDP) of Assistive Technology (AT) through methodological multi-case studies in Brazil. The following considerations presented in the study are part of a Master's degree thesis, conducted from 2013 to 2015.

Methodology: The research adopted a multi-case study methodology by selecting four product developers from the Assistive technology field in Brazil, focusing on physical disability. Read More

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Prevalence of falls in frail elderly users of ambulatory assistive devices: a comparative study.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2019 Mar 25:1-5. Epub 2019 Mar 25.

a Department of Physiotherapy , Federal University of Bahia , Salvador , Brazil.

Aim: The aim of this study was to verify the prevalence of falls in frail users of ambulatory assistive devices (AAD) and compare with controls.

Materials And Methods: Nineteen frail elderly users of AAD (G1) and 31 non-users (G2) participated in the study. The occurrence of falls, at the last 6 months, was collected by an interview with the patient and the caregiver. Read More

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March 2019
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Mobility and medical service dogs: a qualitative analysis of expectations and experiences.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2019 Mar 25:1-11. Epub 2019 Mar 25.

a College of Veterinary Medicine , Center for the Human-Animal Bond, Purdue University , West Lafayette , IN , USA.

Purpose: To qualitatively describe and compare the expectations and experiences of living with a mobility or medical service dog among those with a physical disability or chronic condition.

Materials And Methods: A total of 64 participants living with a service dog and 27 on the waitlist to receive a service dog participated in a cross-sectional open-ended survey. Qualitative content analysis was used to identify themes and sub-themes. Read More

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A low cost solar powered vehicle - a boon for physically challenged persons.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2019 Mar 19:1-6. Epub 2019 Mar 19.

a Electrical and Electronics Engineering , Bannari Amman Institute of Technology , Sathyamangalam , India.

This paper presents a low cost solar powered vehicle for physically challenged persons. Generally, the persons with physical disabilities restrict their movement within a house or building due to their dependence on other people for their outdoor work. The disabled people use their limbs to drive the wheelchairs which physically stress them. Read More

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Feasibility of integrating robotic exoskeleton gait training in inpatient rehabilitation.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2019 Mar 19:1-9. Epub 2019 Mar 19.

a NCS Research Scientist , Baylor Scott and White Institute for Rehabilitation , Dallas , TX , USA.

Objective: Learning to walk is a major goal of inpatient rehabilitation and robotic exoskeletons may provide a new gait training approach. Our purpose was to determine the feasibility of integrating the Ekso Gait Training device into inpatient rehabilitation in a neurologic population.

Design: Longitudinal cohort design and convenience sample including physical therapists trained to use the Ekso Bionics Ekso GT™ robotic exoskeleton or inpatients with stroke or SCI. Read More

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Robot-assisted ankle rehabilitation: a review.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2019 Mar 11:1-15. Epub 2019 Mar 11.

a Mechanical Engineering Department , DICIS, University of Guanajuato , Salamanca , Mexico GTO.

Aim: The aim of this review paper is to summarize recent developments and research in robotics, relevant to the field of ankle rehabilitation, to overview new findings and determine the actual state of the art.

Method: The literature search was performed using scientific and medical databases (Scopus, PubMed and Web of Science) and other websites related to robots used in the area of ankle rehabilitation, analysing studies from 1950s to present. Information about the mechanical and kinematic specifications, actuation and stage of development was extracted from the selected literature. Read More

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A survey on what Australians with upper limb difference want in a prosthesis: justification for using soft robotics and additive manufacturing for customized prosthetic hands.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2019 Mar 11:1-8. Epub 2019 Mar 11.

a School of Mechanical, Materials, Mechatronic and Biomedical Engineering , University of Wollongong , Wollongong , NSW , Australia.

Purpose: Upper limb prostheses are part of a rapidly changing market place. Despite development in device design, surveys report low levels of uptake and dissatisfaction with current prosthetic design. In this study, we present the results of a survey conducted with people with upper limb difference in Australia on their use of current prostheses and preferences in a prosthetic in order to inform future prosthetic hand design. Read More

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March 2019
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An electronic travel guide for visually impaired - vehicle board recognition system through computer vision techniques.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2019 Mar 11:1-4. Epub 2019 Mar 11.

b Research Supervisor, Department of Computer Applications , Bharathiyar University , Coimbatore , Tamil Nadu , India.

Purpose: In the context of assistive technology, mobility takes the meaning of "moving safely, gracefully, and comfortably".The aim of this article is to provide a system which will be a convenient means of navigation for the Visually Impaired people, in the public transport system.

Method: A blind regular commuter who travels by public transport facility finds difficulty in identifying the vehicle that is nearing the stop. Read More

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Caregivers', teachers', and assistants' use and learning of partner strategies in communication using high-tech speech-generating devices with children with severe cerebral palsy.

Assist Technol 2019 Mar 7:1-9. Epub 2019 Mar 7.

a Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Disability and Habilitation , Uppsala University , Uppsala , Sweden.

Communication with speech generating devices (SGDs) with children with severe physical, communicative and cognitive impairments, such as children with cerebral palsy (CP), can be difficult. Use of partner strategies facilitates the communication and instructional approaches such as feedback and role play facilitate communication partners' learning in how to use partner strategies. To describe communication partners' use and learning about partner strategies in SGD-mediated communication with children with severe CP. Read More

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March 2019
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Developing country-specific wheelchair service provision strategic plans for Romania and the Philippines.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2019 Mar 1:1-16. Epub 2019 Mar 1.

c Department of Rehabilitation Science & Technology , University of Pittsburgh , Pittsburgh , PA , USA.

Background: Achieving appropriate wheelchair provision at a national level is complex, requiring regulations, funding and policies established through governments. Understanding wheelchair provision within different countries is key. This paper describes the process used to support the development of wheelchair service strategic plans in Romania and the Philippines. Read More

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March 2019
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Transtibial amputee gait with the unity suspension system.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2019 Feb 27:1-7. Epub 2019 Feb 27.

b Department of Prosthetics & Orthotics , Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre , Ottawa , Canada.

Study Design: Experimental study.

Objectives: Research is lacking on the Unity suspension system's effect on gait performance. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of the Unity elevated vacuum system on level walking performance while the vacuum was active (ON) and inactive (OFF). Read More

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February 2019

The influence of operator and wheelchair factors on wheelchair propulsion effort.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2019 Feb 27:1-8. Epub 2019 Feb 27.

b School of Industrial Design , Georgia Institute of Technology , Atlanta , GA , USA.

Purpose: The goal of this study was to evaluate the relative influence of operator and wheelchair factors on propulsion effort during over-ground wheelchair manoeuvres.

Method: This observational study included 23 full-time manual wheelchair users and 13 able-bodied subjects. The operator factors included shoulder position, aerobic capacity and propulsion strength. Read More

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February 2019

A motor learning therapeutic intervention for a child with cerebral palsy through a social assistive robot.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2019 Feb 26:1-6. Epub 2019 Feb 26.

c School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering , University of Valle , Cali , Colombia.

Background: Children with cerebral palsy have difficulty to sit, stand, walk, run and jump independently. Therapy is an important factor in improving these aspects, and if applied in early intervention treatments, when the child is growing, it could have many benefits. These therapies require intensive and extended sessions, which in turn demand dedication and effort. Read More

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February 2019
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An exploration of usability issues in telecare monitoring systems and possible solutions: a systematic literature review.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2019 Feb 22:1-11. Epub 2019 Feb 22.

c Business School, Queensland University of Technology , Brisbane , Australia.

Background: The idea of product usability has been discussed in several research areas including product research and development. Usability, in telecare monitoring systems, determines how much the system is effective and efficient for the telecare users. Usability has been considered an important factor in the acceptance of telecare monitoring systems by individuals who encounter challenges in the use of such systems and who possess a limited knowledge of their use. Read More

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February 2019

User satisfaction with lower limb wearable robotic exoskeletons.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2019 Feb 20:1-6. Epub 2019 Feb 20.

c Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation , University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston , Houston , TX , USA.

Objective: To provide the results of a robotic exoskeleton user satisfaction questionnaire completed by participants utilizing two robotic exoskeletons.

Method: Seven individuals with physical disabilities engaged in two exoskeleton-assisted training phases with the REX and the Ekso 1.1 (Ekso), after which they completed a user satisfaction questionnaire. Read More

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February 2019

Changes in wheelchair biomechanics within the first 120 minutes of practice: spatiotemporal parameters, handrim forces, motor force, rolling resistance and fore-aft stability.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2019 Feb 20:1-9. Epub 2019 Feb 20.

a Institut de Biomécanique Humaine Georges Charpak, Arts et Métiers ParisTech , Paris , France.

Purpose: During manual wheelchair (MWC) skill acquisition, users adapt their propulsion technique through changes in biomechanical parameters. This evolution is assumed to be driven towards a more efficient behavior. However, when no specific training protocol is provided to users, little is known about how they spontaneously adapt during overground MWC locomotion. Read More

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Methods to evaluate perspectives of safety, independence, activity, and participation in older persons using welfare technology. A systematic review.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2019 Feb 20:1-21. Epub 2019 Feb 20.

a School of Health, Care, and Social Welfare , Mälardalen University , Eskilstuna , Sweden.

Purpose: To conduct a systematic review of existing methods to evaluate the individual aspects of welfare technology from the perspectives of independence, safety, activity, and participation. Furthermore, the study aimed to describe outcomes that have been the focus of previous research to evaluate individual aspects of welfare technology in older persons living in ordinary housing.

Materials And Methods: A systematic literature review in PubMed, CINAHL Plus, PsycINFO, Scopus, and Web of Science. Read More

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February 2019

A review of gait disorders in the elderly and neurological patients for robot-assisted training.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2019 Feb 19:1-15. Epub 2019 Feb 19.

d Faculty of Engineering, School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and School of Mechanical Engineering , University of Leeds , Leeds , UK.

Purpose: Ambulation is an important objective for people with pathological gaits. Exoskeleton robots can assist these people to complete their activities of daily living. There are exoskeletons that have been presented in literature to assist the elderly and other pathological gait users. Read More

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February 2019

Attitudes faced by young adults using assistive technology as depicted through photovoice.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2019 Feb 19:1-8. Epub 2019 Feb 19.

a Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences , University of Manitoba , Winnipeg , Canada.

Purpose: To explore how the attitudinal environment influences the participation experiences of young adults with disabilities who use assistive technology.

Methods: In this qualitative study, twenty young adults using assistive technology completed individual interviews before and after engaging in a photovoice process. Ten of the participants then took part in a focus group. Read More

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February 2019
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Cultural influences on perception of disability and disabled people: a comparison of opinions from students in the United Kingdom (UK) Pakistan (PAK) about a generic wheelchair using a semantic differential scale.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2019 Feb 19:1-13. Epub 2019 Feb 19.

c School of the Arts English and Drama , Loughborough University , Loughborough , Leicestershire , UK.

Assistive Technology (AT) product use occurs within a socio-cultural setting. The growth internationally in the AT product market suggests that designers need to be aware of the influences that diverse cultures may have on the societal perception of an AT product through its semantic attributes. The study aimed to evaluate the visual interaction with an AT product by young adults from Pakistan, a collectivist society, and the United Kingdom (UK), an individualist society. Read More

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February 2019

A condensed wheelchair skills training 'bootcamp' improves students' self-efficacy for assessing, training, spotting, and documenting manual and power wheelchair skills.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2019 Feb 18:1-3. Epub 2019 Feb 18.

a Graduate Program in Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Medicine , University of British Columbia , Vancouver , Canada.

Objectives: To determine the influence of a bootcamp training approach on students' self-efficacy for assessing, training, spotting, documenting, and performing manual and power wheelchair skills.

Methods: In a pre-post design, students in their final year of an entry-to-practice master of occupational therapy program completed a two-day manual (6.5 h) and power (6. Read More

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February 2019

Participatory design for selection of icons to represent daily activities of living for a vision-based rehabilitation-cum-assistance system for locked-in patients.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2019 Feb 18:1-10. Epub 2019 Feb 18.

b CSIR - Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute , M. G. Avenue , Durgapur , India.

Purpose: The majority of rehabilitation systems for locked-in patients are used for therapeutic purposes. However, round-the-clock assistance and support are essential after discharge from hospitals or nursing homes. This inspired us to develop a round-the-clock rehabilitation-cum-assistance system operated by eye gazes of locked-in patients. Read More

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February 2019
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A bio metric based approach for using captcha - to enhance accessibility for the visually impaired.

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M Noorjahan

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2019 Feb 15:1-4. Epub 2019 Feb 15.

a Department of Computer Science , J.B.A.S. College for Women , Chennai , India.

Aim: To propose a system for convenience in using CAPTCHA by the Visually Impaired person.

Method: To make this access secure CAPTCHA ("Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart") was invented. This form of CAPTCHA requires that the user type the letters of a distorted image, sometimes with the addition of an obscured sequence of letters or digits that appears on the screen. Read More

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February 2019

Mobility Analysis of AmpuTees (MAAT 4): Classification tree analysis for probability of lower limb prosthesis user functional potential.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2019 Feb 11:1-8. Epub 2019 Feb 11.

a Department of Clinical and Scientific Affairs , Hanger Clinic , Austin , TX , USA.

Purpose: To develop a predictive model to inform the probability of lower limb prosthesis users' functional potential for ambulation.

Materials And Methods: A retrospective analysis of a database of outcomes for 2770 lower limb prosthesis users was used to inform a classification and regression tree analysis. Gender, age, height, weight, body mass index adjusted for amputation, amputation level, cause of amputation, comorbid health status and functional mobility score [Prosthetic Limb Users Survey of Mobility (PLUS-M™)] were entered as potential predictive variables. Read More

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February 2019
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Pressure injury prevention needs an engineering solution.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2019 01 11;14(1). Epub 2019 Feb 11.

b Rehabilitation Engineering and Applied Research Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology , Atlanta 30332-0156 , NW , USA.

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January 2019

"Now I am a techie too" - parental perceptions of using mobile technology for communication by children with complex communication needs in the Global South.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2019 Feb 8:1-12. Epub 2019 Feb 8.

c Cerebral Palsy Lanka Foundation , Colombo , Sri Lanka.

Purpose: Parental perceptions are key to the uptake of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices for their children with complex communication needs. This study aimed to explore the perceptions of parents in a resource poor Global South country on the use of mobile technology as AAC devices.

Materials And Methods: Sixteen participants (11 female; 5 male) were included in the study. Read More

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February 2019
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Barriers and facilitators to students with physical disabilities' participation in academic laboratory spaces.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2019 Feb 7:1-13. Epub 2019 Feb 7.

a Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology , University of Pittsburgh , Pittsburgh , PA , USA.

Purpose: To provide empirical evidence on learning barriers and facilitators in instructional science and engineering laboratory settings from a national survey on students with physical disabilities (SwD-P).

Methods: A nationwide self-report survey, the Full Participation Science and Engineering Accessibility (FPSEA), was disseminated online via Qualtrics. Approximately 1200 organizations and universities across the United States were contacted through purposive sampling. Read More

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February 2019
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Application of a wearable switch to perform a mouse left click for a child with mix type of cerebral palsy: a single case study.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2019 Feb 7:1-6. Epub 2019 Feb 7.

a Department of Community Health Science, Graduate School of Health Science , Kobe University , Kobe , Japan.

Purpose: Children with cerebral palsy may face difficulties using handheld pointing devices, due to involuntary muscle movements. This study aimed at describing the idea of the new wearable sensor switch and assessing its feasibility as an access solution in a case of mixed-type cerebral palsy.

Methods: The study participant was a 17-year-old male with mixed-type cerebral palsy characterized by chorea-athetotic movements and bilateral spasticity with gross motor function classification system level V. Read More

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February 2019
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A scoping review of powered wheelchair driving tasks and performance-based outcomes.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2019 Feb 7:1-16. Epub 2019 Feb 7.

b Interdisciplinary Research Center in Rehabilitation (CRIR) , Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital , Montreal , Canada.

Introduction: Wheelchairs and scooters promote participation and have positive effects on quality of life. However, powered wheelchairs (PW) use can be challenging and can pose safety concerns. Adequate PW assessment and training is important. Read More

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Development, reliability, and piloting of a wheelchair caster failure inspection tool (C-FIT).

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2019 Feb 7:1-10. Epub 2019 Feb 7.

a Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences , University of Pittsburgh , Pittsburgh , PA , USA.

Introduction: Wheelchair casters fail frequently in the field causing multiple user consequences and wheelchair breakdowns. To inform caster design improvement, there exists no validated tools that can collect caster failures. This need motivated the development of a user-reported, caster failure inspection tool (C-FIT). Read More

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February 2019
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The empowering value of introducing CST in vocational rehabilitation.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2019 Feb 7:1-9. Epub 2019 Feb 7.

a VID Specialized University, Centre of Diaconia and Professional Practice , Oslo , Norway.

Objectives: The topic of this article is the value of introducing compensatory technology in vocational rehabilitation. The study describes the social work-related effort of introducing compensatory technology to job seekers with cognitive disabilities, focusing on the value of the actual introduction and the value that the participants believe this has for their future mastery of working life.

Methods: The data are taken from a two-year ethnographic fieldwork study at two vocational rehabilitation companies. Read More

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Letter to the editor.

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a University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen , Department of Rehabilitation Medicine , Groningen , the Netherlands.

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CAD/CAE of Jaipur foot for standardized and contemporary manufacturing.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2019 Jan 30:1-6. Epub 2019 Jan 30.

d Department of Mechanical Engineering , Colorado State University , Fort Collins , CO , USA.

Objective: Despite immense popularity of Jaipur foot as low cost prosthetic, not much work has been reported on its design for manufacturing standardization. Without manufacturing standardization, it cannot be mass produced using contemporary manufacturing technologies. The objective of this work is to carry out its computer aided design (CAD) followed by computer aided engineering (CAE) based on the material properties obtained from the previous work [ 1 ] of the authors. Read More

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An investigation into the relationship between paracycling athletes and their prosthetics technology: a proposed design framework.

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Bryce Dyer

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2019 Jan 28:1-7. Epub 2019 Jan 28.

a Department of Design & Engineering, Bournemouth University , Poole , UK.

Objective: Product attachment has been stated as an emotional relationship an end-user may develop with a tangible product or artefact. The objective of this study is to investigate this relationship with athletes who possess limb absence and utilise assistive sports technology competitively.

Method: Five elite paracyclists were surveyed using a modified 31 question product attachment survey. Read More

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Thriving through relationships: assistance dogs' and companion dogs' perceived ability to contribute to thriving in individuals with and without a disability.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2019 Jan 28:1-8. Epub 2019 Jan 28.

a Anthrozoology Research Group, School of Psychology and Public Health , La Trobe University , Bendigo , Australia.

Purpose: Companion dogs can provide psychosocial benefits for their owners. Assistance dogs reportedly provide similar benefits, while also performing specific tasks. These psychosocial benefits may increase their handler's quality of life and ability to thrive - defined as having the ability to grow and flourish, especially in the face of adversity. Read More

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January 2019

Are there differences in factors influencing access and continues use of assistive products for people with intellectual disabilities living in group homes?

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2019 Jan 28:1-10. Epub 2019 Jan 28.

e Centre for Practice and Healthcare Innovation, Trinity College Dublin , Dublin , Ireland.

Background: The World Health Organization has launched a program to promote Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology (GATE) to implement those parts of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) referring to assistive technology and products. A particular vulnerable group deeply affected by health inequity affecting access to assistive products are people with intellectual disabilities.

Objective: The objective of this study is to understand the barriers and facilitators to effectively access and continuously use essential assistive products for people with intellectual disabilities. Read More

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January 2019
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Use of single-subject research designs in seating and wheeled mobility research: a scoping review.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2019 Jan 28:1-13. Epub 2019 Jan 28.

c Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy , University of British Columbia , Vancouver , BC , Canada.

Background: Evidence-based practice (EBP) in seating and wheeled mobility practice is often hindered by a dearth of published research.

Purpose: The purpose of this review was to explore and critically appraise the use of single-subject research designs (SSRDs) in seating and wheeled mobility studies published between January 1995 and May 2018.

Study Selection: Primary source, peer-reviewed SSRDs focused on exploring the impact of a seating and wheeled mobility intervention were included in the review. Read More

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