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Designing ApplTree: usable scheduling software for people with cognitive impairments.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 Jul 7:1-11. Epub 2020 Jul 7.

Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland.

Background: Smartphone reminding applications can help overcome memory difficulties experienced by people with acquired brain injury (ABI). Cognitive difficulties with memory and attention make entering reminders into a device, and remembering to set reminders, challenging for this group. ApplTree is a reminding app with features that aim to address challenges. Read More

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A novel design and implementation of wheelchair navigation system using Leap Motion sensor.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 Jul 7:1-7. Epub 2020 Jul 7.

Department of Electrical Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran.

In this paper, a novel design for a leap motion wheelchair navigation system is proposed, and the suggested model is implemented on a prototype. The behaviour of the created prototype is closely observed during the different performance tests carried out, and the results are presented throughout this manuscript. In the prototype, a Leap Motion sensor is implemented to acquire navigation data through hand gestures of the users. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2020.1786734DOI Listing

Effects of assistive technology-based occupational therapy on community-dwelling people recovering from stroke.

Assist Technol 2020 Jul 7. Epub 2020 Jul 7.

Konyang University - Daejeon Medical Campus, Occupational Therapy , Korea (the Republic of).

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of assistive technology-based occupational therapy on occupational performance, satisfaction, and psychosocial impacts of community-dwelling people recovering from stroke.

Methods: A total of eleven community-dwelling people recovering from stroke participated in an occupational therapy intervention based on the core concepts of the Human Activity Assistive Technology (HAAT) model. The intervention involved adoption of assistive technology devices (ATDs) to perform individual goal activities in the daily lives of people recovering from stroke. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10400435.2020.1789900DOI Listing

MANUFACTURING AN ASSISTIVE DEVICE WITH 3D PRINTING TECHNOLOGY- A CASE REPORT.

Assist Technol 2020 Jul 6. Epub 2020 Jul 6.

Hacettepe Universitesi , Ankara, 06532 Turkey.

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A comparative study of an assistive e-learning interface among students with and without visual and hearing impairments.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 Jul 6:1-11. Epub 2020 Jul 6.

Faculty of Management, Al Ain University, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Using a human-computer interaction (HCI) approach, the present study proposes a new e-learning interface with interactional features for use by students with varying visual and hearing needs. Prototypes of these new features have been presented through several screens, including an interaction panel that allows for Button voice, Tab voice, Text voice, and sign language. The interactive features were evaluated by teachers and tested by students with and without visual and hearing impairments. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2020.1786733DOI Listing

A review: accessible technology through participatory design.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 Jul 3:1-7. Epub 2020 Jul 3.

University of Caldas, Design and Creation Program, Manizales, Colombia.

The literature review presents a conceptual participatory design through accessibility technology solutions, considering the design experience to be an essential factor in communication processes. Technologies must assess a wide range of disabilities based on characterisations that helps daily activities. This work includes collaboration concepts to assist in the development of accessible technology. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2020.1785564DOI Listing

A novel ergonomic wheelchair reduces bacterial hand contamination.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 Jul 3:1-4. Epub 2020 Jul 3.

Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System, Minneapolis, MN, USA.

To determine whether bacterial contamination of rider's hands is less with a novel ergonomic wheelchair (EW) than a standard wheelchair (SW). After wheelchair hand rims were disinfected, volunteers wearing nitrile gloves propelled each wheelchair through a standardised "run" in hospital. Post-run cultures were obtained from riders' gloved hands. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2020.1786735DOI Listing

A systematic review of impairment focussed technology in neurology.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 Jul 1:1-14. Epub 2020 Jul 1.

University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

We provide an overview of some biomedical technologies able to relieve everyday impairments in neurological patients. Two literature searches from 2009 to 2020 were conducted using PubMed, Embase, Cinahl and Scopus. The studies meeting the criteria for eligibility constituted 224 of the 6257 identified studies. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2020.1776776DOI Listing

Promoting clinical best practice in a user-centred design study of an upper limb rehabilitation robot.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 Jul 1:1-8. Epub 2020 Jul 1.

Department of Medicine, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia.

Despite their promise to increase therapy intensity in neurorehabilitation, robotic devices have not yet seen mainstream adoption. Whilst there are a number of contributing factors, it is obvious that the treating clinician should have a clear understanding of the objectives and limitations of robotic device use. This study sought to explore how devices can be developed to support a clinician in providing clinical best practice. Read More

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Assistive device using computer vision and image processing for visually impaired; review and current status.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 Jul 1:1-8. Epub 2020 Jul 1.

L. D College of Engineering, Gujarat Technological University, Ahmedabad, India.

The purpose of this article is to review the vision substitution devices based on computer vision and Image processing. The focus of this article is on reviewing devices that require coding and sensors mechanism. Review of existing and commercially available vision assistive devices has been done. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2020.1786731DOI Listing

Development of a mobile application to screen and manage fall risks in older people.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 Jul 1:1-6. Epub 2020 Jul 1.

Department of Public Health, School of Health, Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, Hamadan, Iran.

Falls and related injuries are known to be the major health problem leading to disability and mortality among older adults. Identification and management of fall risks aimed to prevent falling is considered to be essential. The aim of this study was to develop a mobile application for screening and management of fall risks based for older adults. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2020.1785562DOI Listing

Implementing music therapy through telehealth: considerations for military populations.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 Jul 1:1-10. Epub 2020 Jul 1.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Malcom Randall VA Hospital, Gainesville, FL, USA.

Telehealth provides psychotherapeutic interventions and psychoeducation for remote populations with limited access to in-person behavioural health and/or rehabilitation treatment. The United States Department of Défense and the Veterans Health Administration use telehealth to deliver primary care, medication management, and services including physical, occupational, and speech-language therapies for service members, veterans, and eligible dependents. While creative arts therapies are included in telehealth programming, the existing evidence base focuses on art therapy and dance/movement therapy, with a paucity of information on music therapy. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2020.1775312DOI Listing

Assistive technology as a pillar of universal health coverage: qualitative analysis of stakeholder responses to the world health assembly resolution on assistive technology.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 Jun 27:1-7. Epub 2020 Jun 27.

World Health Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland.

The importance of assistive technology (AT) as a pillar of universal health coverage was recognized at the 71st World Health Assembly (WHA) through the passing of Resolution 71.8 on improving access to AT (May 2018). A systematic analysis was conducted on the responses made to the Resolution by Member States and non-state actors, in order to provide a snapshot of global intent. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2020.1774929DOI Listing

Effect of seat height on manual wheelchair foot propulsion, a repeated-measures crossover study: part 2 - wheeling backward on a soft surface.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 Jun 27:1-6. Epub 2020 Jun 27.

Research Methods Unit, Nova Scotia Health Authority, Halifax, Canada.

The aim of this study was to test the hypotheses that, during manual-wheelchair foot propulsion backward on a soft surface, lowering the seat height increases speed, push frequency and push effectiveness, and decreases perceived difficulty. In a repeated-measures crossover study, 50 able-bodied participants used one foot to propel a manual wheelchair 5 m backward on a soft surface at 5 seat heights, ranging from 5.08 cm below to about 5. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2020.1782490DOI Listing

Item development, internal consistency, and known-groups validity of the Self-Directed Mobility Scale.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 Jun 27:1-7. Epub 2020 Jun 27.

College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA.

The aims of the current study include to: (1) describe the item development; and (2) begin the process of establishing the internal consistency and known-groups validity of the Self-Directed Mobility Scale. The purpose of the scale is to assess paediatric physical and occupational therapists' views towards self-directed mobility and their perceived ability and intentions to advocate for children's access to self-directed mobility. Three individuals with expertise in kinesiology, psychology, paediatric rehabilitation, and disability studies served as the expert panel for item development. Read More

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Parental experiences on the role of wheelchairs in the lives of their children with mobility impairments: a qualitative exploration in Dubai.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 Jun 24:1-8. Epub 2020 Jun 24.

Department of Global Health, Centre for Rehabilitation studies, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

To explore parental experiences on the role of wheelchairs in the lives of their children with mobility impairments in Dubai. Seven participants were recruited through purposive sampling and their experiences were explored by conducting semi-structured interviews. The audio recordings were transcribed and thematically analysed. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2020.1782488DOI Listing

Modified desk height helps children with cerebral palsy perform sit-to-stand.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 Jun 23:1-7. Epub 2020 Jun 23.

Center for Medical Convergence Metrology, Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science, Daejeon, Republic of Korea.

Children with cerebral palsy (CP) have difficulties performing activities that require the use of fundamental motor skills such as sit-to-stand (STS). In this study, we used a height adjustable chair and desk to investigate the role of desk support in STS and how it might benefit children with CP. Seventeen typically developing children (TDC), average age = 9. Read More

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An investigation into the effectiveness of a novel wheelchair seat-cover assembly for the reduction of forces exerted onto the buttocks.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 Jun 18:1-6. Epub 2020 Jun 18.

Department of Physical Therapy, Kawasaki University of Medical Welfare, Kurashiki, Okayama, Japan.

This purpose was to investigate developed seat-cover assemblies' effect on decreasing the fluctuation of the shear force exerted onto the buttocks as the factors causing decubitus ulcers when the back-support was inclined. The participants were 10 wheelchair users. The force plate was used to measure the horizontal force as the shear force. Read More

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Randomized controlled feasibility study of FindMyApps: first evaluation of a tablet-based intervention to promote self-management and meaningful activities in people with mild dementia.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 Jun 19:1-15. Epub 2020 Jun 19.

Department of Psychiatry, Amsterdam Public Health Institute, Amsterdam University Medical Centres, Location VUmc, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

We tested the feasibility, implementation strategy and mechanism of impact of FindMyApps. FindMyApps is a tablet intervention consisting of a selection tool to help people with dementia find usable apps for self-management and meaningful activities, including training to support informal carers in employing errorless learning principles to help people with dementia learn tablet and tool usage. We conducted an exploratory, pilot randomized controlled trial with a mixed-methods design. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2020.1765420DOI Listing

Inside pandora's box: a systematic review of the assessment of the perceived quality of chatbots for people with disabilities or special needs.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 Jun 18:1-6. Epub 2020 Jun 18.

Department of Public Service, Prime Minister's Office, Rome, Italy.

People with disabilities or special needs can benefit from AI-based conversational agents (i.e., chatbots) that are used for competence training and well-being management. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2020.1775313DOI Listing

Effect of Fully Immersive Virtual Reality Treatment Combined with Exercise in Fibromyalgia Patients: A Randomized Controlled Trial.

Assist Technol 2020 Jun 16. Epub 2020 Jun 16.

Faculty of Medicine, Department of Algology, Gazi University , , Ankara, Turkey.

This trial was designed to evaluate the effects of fully immersive virtual reality (IVR) treatment combined with exercise training in fibromyalgia patients. Twenty patients were randomized into exercise group (EG) or IVR combined with exercise group (Exercise+IVR). The EG had combined exercise training consisted of 30 minutes of aerobic training and 30 minutes of Pilates training and Exercise+IVR group had the same protocol with EG plus 20 minutes of IVR, twice a week for 8 weeks. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10400435.2020.1772900DOI Listing

Significant challenges when introducing care robots in Swedish elder care.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 Jun 13:1-11. Epub 2020 Jun 13.

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

Care robots are machines, operating partly or completely autonomously, that are intended to assist older people and their caregivers. Care robots are seen as one part of the solution to the aging population, allowing fewer professional caregivers to provide the necessary assistance and care. Despite the potential benefits, the dissemination of care robots, and welfare technology in general, is limited in Swedish elder care. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2020.1773549DOI Listing

The Wheelchair Outcome Measure for Young People (WhOM-YP): modification and metrics for children and youth with mobility limitations.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 Jun 13:1-9. Epub 2020 Jun 13.

Graduate Programs in Rehabilitation Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

Wheelchairs enhance children's mobility and participation in daily life, yet few participation measures are used to evaluate wheeled mobility interventions. The Wheelchair Outcome Measure for Young People (WhOM-YP) addresses this gap, evaluating importance of and satisfaction with client-identified participation outcomes inside and outside home for children aged 18 years and younger who need wheeled mobility interventions. Mixed methods study using semi-structured interviews with nine experienced therapists and nine wheelchair users (11-18 years) evaluated the appropriateness of adult Wheelchair Outcome Measure for younger ages. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2020.1774811DOI Listing

A rapid review of the effect of assistive technology on the educational performance of students with impaired hearing.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 Jun 11:1-6. Epub 2020 Jun 11.

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Centre for Health Professions Education, University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

To review the knowledge base regarding assistive technology (AT) and the education of people with a hearing impairment. Also, evaluating to what extent has the use and/or impact of AT for individuals with a hearing impairment been determined through evidence-based research in post-school education. Literature pertaining to the effect of AT on the educational performance of students with impaired hearing in the post-school sector was examined for the period from 1998 to 2018 (20 years). Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2020.1775317DOI Listing

Technical quality of online resources for mobility device training.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 Jun 10:1-6. Epub 2020 Jun 10.

Department of Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine, Université Laval, Quebec City, Canada.

Training is recommended to improve safe and effective use of mobility aids. The internet offers a large amount of information and it can be difficult to identify resources with good quality. This project aimed to create a catalogue of online educational resources for mobility device training. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2020.1775316DOI Listing

Physiotherapists' clinical use and acceptance of a telemonitoring platform during anterior cruciate ligament rehabilitation: a prospective clinical study.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 Jun 10:1-8. Epub 2020 Jun 10.

Faculty of Health, School of Physiotherapy, Research Centre for Nutrition, Lifestyle and Exercise, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, Heerlen, The Netherlands.

The aim of this study was to assess physiotherapists' clinical use and acceptance of a novel telemonitoring platform to facilitate the recording of measurements during rehabilitation of patients following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Additionally, suggestions for platform improvement were explored. Physiotherapists from seven Dutch private physiotherapy practices participated in the study. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2020.1774810DOI Listing

The extent to which mobile applications support independence among the visually impaired - a pilot study.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 Jun 10:1-10. Epub 2020 Jun 10.

Research Unit of Nursing Science and Health Management, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland.

: Visual impairment (VI) problems are increasing as the global aging population grows. Mobile devices have become essential to interacting with friends and society. Because the visually impaired are no exception, it would be useful to determine the functionalities that best support the independence of people with VI. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2020.1775314DOI Listing

Exploring serious games for stroke rehabilitation: a scoping review.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 Jun 8:1-7. Epub 2020 Jun 8.

School of Computer, Data and Mathematical Sciences, Western Sydney University - Parramatta Campus, Rydalmere, Australia.

Stroke is the main cause of long-term disability and happens mostly in the older population. Stroke affected patients experience either of the cognitive, visual or motor losses and recovery requires time and patience as they have to do physical exercises every day and at times repetitively. There are various types of stroke rehabilitation exercises focussing on technological solutions that include therapies performed using games. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2020.1768309DOI Listing

Evaluation of satisfaction with geospatial assistive technology (ESGAT): a methodological and usability study.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 Jun 5:1-18. Epub 2020 Jun 5.

Geomatics Research Centre, Université Laval, Québec, Canada.

Manual wheelchair users are more vulnerable, in situations such as road crossings, hazardous sidewalks or curbs and crossing of buildings and facilities threshold. Geospatial assistive technology (GAT) can help with route planning. However, it is important to ensure the usability of such products, as well as the satisfaction of persons with reduced mobility. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2020.1768307DOI Listing

Video modelling as a tool to evaluate self-perception of strategies used by adolescents during daily tasks.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 Jun 5:1-7. Epub 2020 Jun 5.

Department of Occupational Therapy Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel.

Metacognition is defined as the process of regulating behavior and having self-perception of own performance. An application of video modeling (VM) was used as a technological solution for assessing self-perception in daily situations among typical adolescents, compared to parental reports and to an objective performance-based assessment. One hundred and three adolescents (30 boys, 73 girls, mean age =15. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2020.1774809DOI Listing

Prioritization of patients access to outpatient augmentative and alternative communication services in Quebec: a decision tool.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 Jun 5:1-8. Epub 2020 Jun 5.

Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration (CIRRIS), Quebec City, Canada.

A large number of people living with a chronic disability wait a long time to access publicly funded rehabilitation services such as Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) services, and there is no standardized tool to prioritize these patients. We aimed to develop a prioritization tool to improve the organization and access to the care for this population. In this sequential mixed methods study, we began with a qualitative phase in which we conducted semi-structured interviews with 14 stakeholders including patients, their caregivers, and AAC service providers in Quebec City, Canada to gather their ideas about prioritization criteria. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2020.1751314DOI Listing

Aesthetics and the perceived stigma of assistive technology for visual impairment.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 Jun 5:1-7. Epub 2020 Jun 5.

Department of Computer Science, Oslo Metropolitan University, Oslo, Norway.

The aim of this study was to identify factors that influence the perceived stigma of two assistive devices for visual impairment, namely the white cane and smart glasses. Face-to-face semi-structured interviews with eight European students were conducted to probe their experiences and knowledge related to disability, assistive technology, visual impairment, as well as handheld and wearable devices. Close relationships with disabled people seems to have a positive influence on participants perceptions about stigma, disability, and assistive technology. Read More

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Policymaker and stakeholder perspectives on access to assistive technologies in Canada: challenges and proposed solutions for enhancing equitable access.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 Jun 3:1-13. Epub 2020 Jun 3.

McMaster Health Forum, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada.

Unmet needs for assistive technologies (ATs) exist and the need for ATs is growing owing to demographic changes worldwide. Little comprehensive research has examined equity of access to ATs in Canada. Our study elucidates perspectives of policymakers and stakeholders on challenges and solutions for enhancing equitable access to ATs to advance policy discussions. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2020.1765033DOI Listing

Human visual skills for brain-computer interface use: a tutorial.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 Jun 1:1-11. Epub 2020 Jun 1.

Northwest Eye Care Professionals, Clackamas, OR, USA.

Many brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) for people with severe disabilities present stimuli in the visual modality with little consideration of the visual skills required for successful use. The primary objective of this tutorial is to present researchers and clinical professionals with basic information about the visual skills needed for functional use of visual BCIs, and to offer modifications that would render BCI technology more accessible for persons with vision impairments. First, we provide a background on BCIs that rely on a visual interface. Read More

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Effects of the model of human occupation-based home modifications on the time use, occupational participation and activity limitation in people with disabilities: a pilot randomized controlled trial.

Authors:
Ye-Ji Jo Hee Kim

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 May 23:1-7. Epub 2020 May 23.

Department of Occupational Therapy, Konyang University, Dae-jeon, Republic of Korea.

To compare the effect of intervention providing home modifications and assistive devices based on MOHO theory with home exercise on people with disability in time use, competence and values of occupational performance and activity limitations. Participants were 20 people with disabilities due to deficits in central nervous system. Eleven people in the experimental group partook in environmental modifications and assistive device intervention and nine people in the control partook in home exercise programmes. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2020.1768306DOI Listing

Virtual reality interventions to enhance upper limb motor improvement after a stroke: commonly used types of platform and outcomes.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 May 23:1-9. Epub 2020 May 23.

Department of Physical Therapy, School of Health Professions, UT Health San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, USA.

Virtual Reality (VR) based platforms are useful in enhancing post-stroke sub-optimal upper limb (UL) motor improvement. A variety of options are available from expensive highly customizable platforms to low cost turnkey solutions. Clinical outcomes primarily help assess the effects of VR-based platforms. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2020.1765422DOI Listing

Trends in wheelchair recommendations in a dedicated seating department.

Authors:
Cara E Masselink

Assist Technol 2020 Jul 2:1-9. Epub 2020 Jul 2.

Occupational Therapy Department, Western Michigan University , Kalamazoo, USA.

Introduction: In the early 2000 s, investigators at the federal government noted growing Medicare expenditures for power mobility devices, which were related to high profit margins and fraudulent activity. Medicare responded with policy and program changes, and stakeholders in wheelchair service delivery have noticed an impact on their services and changes in wheelchair user access to needed equipment.

Methods: This study examined 4,252 wheelchair clinical recommendations made by full-time wheelchair seating department therapists between 2007 and 2017 through a retrospective chart review. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10400435.2020.1772899DOI Listing

A review of adaptive sport opportunities for power wheelchair users.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 May 19:1-7. Epub 2020 May 19.

Human Engineering Research Laboratories, US Department of Veterans Affairs and School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

To identify adaptive sports opportunities for individuals who use powered wheelchairs for their primary means of mobility, and to determine barriers and facilitators for new sporting opportunities. A structured literature review of the peer-reviewed scientific literature and analysis of major adaptive sport competitions information. Pubmed and Scopus were searched for the phrases "Power wheelchair sports" and "complex disability sport" to identify articles discussing competitive sport opportunities for power wheelchair users. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2020.1767220DOI Listing

Air-powered shopping carts in grocery stores: a pilot study.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 May 19:1-7. Epub 2020 May 19.

Human Engineering Research Laboratories, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

Motorized shopping carts found at grocery and retail stores provide mobility for those who have difficulty walking through the store or pushing a regular cart. The purpose of this study was to understand the usage of motorized carts in grocery stores and pilot test an air-powered cart to determine its feasibility as a replacement for electric-powered carts as well as identify areas for improvement and preferred users. Users were asked to complete an online survey that assessed their shopping characteristics and experience using the motorized cart. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2020.1767221DOI Listing

Exercise intensity of the upper limb can be enhanced using a virtual rehabilitation system.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 May 18:1-7. Epub 2020 May 18.

Faculty of Medicine, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

Motor recovery of the upper limb (UL) is related to exercise intensity, defined as movement repetitions divided by minutes in active therapy, and task difficulty. However, the degree to which UL training in virtual reality (VR) applications deliver intense and challenging exercise and whether these factors are considered in different centres for people with different sensorimotor impairment levels is not evidenced. We determined if (1) a VR programme can deliver high UL exercise intensity in people with sub-acute stroke across different environments and (2) exercise intensity and difficulty differed among patients with different levels of UL sensorimotor impairment. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2020.1765421DOI Listing

Contextual sensory integration training via head mounted display for individuals with vestibular disorders: a feasibility study.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 May 18:1-11. Epub 2020 May 18.

Vestibular Rehabilitation, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, New York, NY, USA.

Virtual reality (VR) interventions can simulate real-world sensory environments. The purpose of this study was to test the feasibility of a novel VR application (app) developed for a Head Mounted Display (HMD) to target dizziness, imbalance and sensory integration in a functional context for patients with vestibular disorders. Here we describe the design of the app as well as self-reported and functional outcomes in vestibular patients before and after participating in vestibular rehabilitation using the app. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2020.1765419DOI Listing

Development and application of PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games Accessibility Manual.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 May 18:1-7. Epub 2020 May 18.

Department of Occupational Therapy School of Health Science, College of Health Science, Yonsei University, Wonju, South Korea.

In this study, the process of development, application, and evaluation of the PyeongChang Organising Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games(POCOG) Accessibility Manual was introduced and the basic data for accessing venues and ways to improve accessible sporting event management were suggested. Analysing and comparing the IPC Guide and Korean accessibility laws with eight advisory meetings were held to develop "POCOG Accessibility Manual". To verify the Manual standards, accessibility assessment of the Paralympic Test-event, Olympic and Paralympic Games was conducted. Read More

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Practice improves court mobility and self-efficacy in tennis-specific wheelchair propulsion.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 May 15:1-9. Epub 2020 May 15.

The Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport, School of Sport Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK.

Wheelchair tennis (WT) propulsion is uniquely characterized by the requirement for racket holding coupled with effective hand-rim contact. Thus, investigations involving strategies to enhance chair mobility skills are merited. The aim was to examine the effects of organized practice on WT match play responses and the impact of racket holding during practice. Read More

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Information and communication technology-based assistive technology to compensate for impaired cognition in everyday life: a systematic review.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 May 14:1-15. Epub 2020 May 14.

Department of Assistive Technology, Norwegian Labour and Welfare Service, Oslo, Norway.

A systematic review was performed evaluating the effectiveness of Information and Communication Technology-based Assistive Technology (ICT-based-AT) to compensate for impaired cognition in everyday life activities. The study was registered in PROSPERO, registration number CRD42018114913. Six databases were searched (years 2008-2019). Read More

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Ramps remain a barrier to safe wheelchair user transit bus ingress/egress.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 May 4:1-8. Epub 2020 May 4.

Department of Bioengineering, J.B. Speed School of Engineering, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, USA.

Wheelchair users (WCUs) often rely on ramps for access to transit buses. Previous studies indicate WCUs have difficulty using ramps for bus ingress/egress and many transportation-related incidents occur on ramps. However, experiences of WCU ramp usage during ingress/egress have not been fully described. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2019.1604824DOI Listing

Examining the effect of virtual reality therapy on cognition post-stroke: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 May 2:1-11. Epub 2020 May 2.

School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada.

Virtual reality (VR) are user-computer interface platforms that implement real-time simulation of an activity or environment, allowing user interaction multiple sensory modalities. VR therapy may be an effective intervention for improving cognitive function following stroke. The aim of this systematic review was to examine the effectiveness of exercise-based VR therapy on cognition post-stroke. Read More

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Expounding the rehabilitation service for acquired visual impairment contingent on assistive technology acceptance.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 May 4:1-5. Epub 2020 May 4.

National CareTech Association, Taipei City, Taiwan.

Globally, approximately 285 million people have visual impairments, with over 39 million people having full blindness. Beginning in the late nineteenth century, assistive devices such as service dogs, braille reading devices, and white canes have aided those with visual impairments. From the immense development of technology over the past two decades, traditional assistive devices have been supplemented with more technologically innovative assistive technologies. Read More

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Comparing the performance of ultralight folding manual wheelchairs using standardized tests.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 Apr 27:1-10. Epub 2020 Apr 27.

Human Engineering Research Laboratories, Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

To evaluate ultralight folding manual wheelchairs (UFMWs) in order to produce comparative data on their strength, durability, stability and cost-benefit, and to determine progress of wheelchairs by comparing these results to results of past studies. Engineering testing using American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) standards. Laboratory testing of UFMW stability, and static, impact and fatigue strength performance with three devices using ANSI/RESNA standardized tests. Read More

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Setup by a person with deafblindness of a face-to-face communication assistive technology based on generally available applications.

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2020 Apr 21:1-7. Epub 2020 Apr 21.

CRIR - Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille, Longueuil, QC, Canada.

This article describes and analyses the journey with technology of a woman with deafblindness, from her first experiences with communication assistive devices (CADs) until the setup of her homemade CAD. More specifically, it describes the homemade CAD setup, reports on her journey with technology until the setup, and examines the setup process and its outcomes in terms of user innovation and changes in life domains. This is a case study report derived from a previous assessment study. Read More

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Accessibility of services in digital television for hearing impaired consumers.

Assist Technol 2020 Jul 1:1-10. Epub 2020 Jul 1.

University of Belgrade - Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering, Belgrade, Serbia.

This paper deals with the issue of the utilization of digital television for hearing impaired consumers. The necessity and different possibilities in providing of watching television services for people with the special needs have risen with the occurrence of digital television. Various access services, such as subtitles and sign language, are described in this paper. Read More

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