Access to assistive technology for persons with disabilities: a critical review from Nepal, India and Bangladesh
CONCLUSIONS: Lack of accessibility, eligibility, reachability and affordability are the main barriers to access AT services for PWD in Nepal, India and Bangladesh. Increased community level awareness, increased Government funding and a community based, medically informed flexible social model of AT services is a way forward to ensure access to AT services for PWD in these countries.IMPLICATIONS FOR REHABILITATIONIncreased community awareness is necessary to increase access to Assistive Technology Services for Persons with Disabilities.Increased and flexible funding from the Government and philanthropists will improve rehab...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - March 2, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Jiban Karki Simon Rushton Sunita Bhattarai Luc De Witte Source Type: research

Access to assistive technology for persons with disabilities: a critical review from Nepal, India and Bangladesh
CONCLUSIONS: Lack of accessibility, eligibility, reachability and affordability are the main barriers to access AT services for PWD in Nepal, India and Bangladesh. Increased community level awareness, increased Government funding and a community based, medically informed flexible social model of AT services is a way forward to ensure access to AT services for PWD in these countries.IMPLICATIONS FOR REHABILITATIONIncreased community awareness is necessary to increase access to Assistive Technology Services for Persons with Disabilities.Increased and flexible funding from the Government and philanthropists will improve rehab...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - March 2, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Jiban Karki Simon Rushton Sunita Bhattarai Luc De Witte Source Type: research

Using a systems thinking approach to understand teachers perceptions and use of assistive technology in the republic of Ireland
CONCLUSION: An AT system which is easy to navigate, which has policies and provision that supports educators, and has expert personnel on hand to support teachers, is crucial if AT is to become embedded in Irish classrooms. This research shows that a comprehensive AT system in education should include policies, practices, personnel, and products that interact to support people to engage easily and successfully with AT in the classroom. IMPLICATIONS FOR REHABILITATION Describes current trends in how teachers are engaging with Assistive Technology. Describes the current trends in disabilities in Irish classroom and teachers ...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - February 12, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Katriona O'Sullivan Amy McGrane Siobhan Long Kevin Marshall Malcolm Maclachlan Source Type: research

Available apps for stroke telerehabilitation during corona virus disease 2019 confinement in Spain
CONCLUSIONS: There are few specific Apps for the Stroke rehabilitation of sensory-motor impairments, and with important limitations that prevent their incorporation into clinical practice. The creation and adaptation of Apps for health professionals such as physiotherapists and occupational therapists and their users are recommended. Implications for rehabilitation It is necessary to create and adapt specific telerehabilitation tools to address sensory-motor disorders. Telerehabilitation should be introduced in the clinical practice of physiotherapy and occupational therapy. Telerehabilitation via App can be a solution, ea...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - February 12, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Carina Salgueiro Gerard Urr ùtia Rosa Cabanas-Vald és Source Type: research

Using a systems thinking approach to understand teachers perceptions and use of assistive technology in the republic of Ireland
CONCLUSION: An AT system which is easy to navigate, which has policies and provision that supports educators, and has expert personnel on hand to support teachers, is crucial if AT is to become embedded in Irish classrooms. This research shows that a comprehensive AT system in education should include policies, practices, personnel, and products that interact to support people to engage easily and successfully with AT in the classroom. IMPLICATIONS FOR REHABILITATION Describes current trends in how teachers are engaging with Assistive Technology. Describes the current trends in disabilities in Irish classroom and teachers ...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - February 12, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Katriona O'Sullivan Amy McGrane Siobhan Long Kevin Marshall Malcolm Maclachlan Source Type: research

Available apps for stroke telerehabilitation during corona virus disease 2019 confinement in Spain
CONCLUSIONS: There are few specific Apps for the Stroke rehabilitation of sensory-motor impairments, and with important limitations that prevent their incorporation into clinical practice. The creation and adaptation of Apps for health professionals such as physiotherapists and occupational therapists and their users are recommended. Implications for rehabilitation It is necessary to create and adapt specific telerehabilitation tools to address sensory-motor disorders. Telerehabilitation should be introduced in the clinical practice of physiotherapy and occupational therapy. Telerehabilitation via App can be a solution, ea...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - February 12, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Carina Salgueiro Gerard Urr ùtia Rosa Cabanas-Vald és Source Type: research

Using a systems thinking approach to understand teachers perceptions and use of assistive technology in the republic of Ireland
CONCLUSION: An AT system which is easy to navigate, which has policies and provision that supports educators, and has expert personnel on hand to support teachers, is crucial if AT is to become embedded in Irish classrooms. This research shows that a comprehensive AT system in education should include policies, practices, personnel, and products that interact to support people to engage easily and successfully with AT in the classroom. IMPLICATIONS FOR REHABILITATION Describes current trends in how teachers are engaging with Assistive Technology. Describes the current trends in disabilities in Irish classroom and teachers ...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - February 12, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Katriona O'Sullivan Amy McGrane Siobhan Long Kevin Marshall Malcolm Maclachlan Source Type: research

Available apps for stroke telerehabilitation during corona virus disease 2019 confinement in Spain
CONCLUSIONS: There are few specific Apps for the Stroke rehabilitation of sensory-motor impairments, and with important limitations that prevent their incorporation into clinical practice. The creation and adaptation of Apps for health professionals such as physiotherapists and occupational therapists and their users are recommended. Implications for rehabilitation It is necessary to create and adapt specific telerehabilitation tools to address sensory-motor disorders. Telerehabilitation should be introduced in the clinical practice of physiotherapy and occupational therapy. Telerehabilitation via App can be a solution, ea...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - February 12, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Carina Salgueiro Gerard Urr ùtia Rosa Cabanas-Vald és Source Type: research

Using a systems thinking approach to understand teachers perceptions and use of assistive technology in the republic of Ireland
CONCLUSION: An AT system which is easy to navigate, which has policies and provision that supports educators, and has expert personnel on hand to support teachers, is crucial if AT is to become embedded in Irish classrooms. This research shows that a comprehensive AT system in education should include policies, practices, personnel, and products that interact to support people to engage easily and successfully with AT in the classroom. IMPLICATIONS FOR REHABILITATION Describes current trends in how teachers are engaging with Assistive Technology. Describes the current trends in disabilities in Irish classroom and teachers ...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - February 12, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Katriona O'Sullivan Amy McGrane Siobhan Long Kevin Marshall Malcolm Maclachlan Source Type: research

Available apps for stroke telerehabilitation during corona virus disease 2019 confinement in Spain
CONCLUSIONS: There are few specific Apps for the Stroke rehabilitation of sensory-motor impairments, and with important limitations that prevent their incorporation into clinical practice. The creation and adaptation of Apps for health professionals such as physiotherapists and occupational therapists and their users are recommended. Implications for rehabilitation It is necessary to create and adapt specific telerehabilitation tools to address sensory-motor disorders. Telerehabilitation should be introduced in the clinical practice of physiotherapy and occupational therapy. Telerehabilitation via App can be a solution, ea...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - February 12, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Carina Salgueiro Gerard Urr ùtia Rosa Cabanas-Vald és Source Type: research

Using a systems thinking approach to understand teachers perceptions and use of assistive technology in the republic of Ireland
CONCLUSION: An AT system which is easy to navigate, which has policies and provision that supports educators, and has expert personnel on hand to support teachers, is crucial if AT is to become embedded in Irish classrooms. This research shows that a comprehensive AT system in education should include policies, practices, personnel, and products that interact to support people to engage easily and successfully with AT in the classroom. IMPLICATIONS FOR REHABILITATION Describes current trends in how teachers are engaging with Assistive Technology. Describes the current trends in disabilities in Irish classroom and teachers ...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - February 12, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Katriona O'Sullivan Amy McGrane Siobhan Long Kevin Marshall Malcolm Maclachlan Source Type: research

Available apps for stroke telerehabilitation during corona virus disease 2019 confinement in Spain
CONCLUSIONS: There are few specific Apps for the Stroke rehabilitation of sensory-motor impairments, and with important limitations that prevent their incorporation into clinical practice. The creation and adaptation of Apps for health professionals such as physiotherapists and occupational therapists and their users are recommended. Implications for rehabilitation It is necessary to create and adapt specific telerehabilitation tools to address sensory-motor disorders. Telerehabilitation should be introduced in the clinical practice of physiotherapy and occupational therapy. Telerehabilitation via App can be a solution, ea...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - February 12, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Carina Salgueiro Gerard Urr ùtia Rosa Cabanas-Vald és Source Type: research

Using a systems thinking approach to understand teachers perceptions and use of assistive technology in the republic of Ireland
CONCLUSION: An AT system which is easy to navigate, which has policies and provision that supports educators, and has expert personnel on hand to support teachers, is crucial if AT is to become embedded in Irish classrooms. This research shows that a comprehensive AT system in education should include policies, practices, personnel, and products that interact to support people to engage easily and successfully with AT in the classroom. IMPLICATIONS FOR REHABILITATION Describes current trends in how teachers are engaging with Assistive Technology. Describes the current trends in disabilities in Irish classroom and teachers ...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - February 12, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Katriona O'Sullivan Amy McGrane Siobhan Long Kevin Marshall Malcolm Maclachlan Source Type: research

Available apps for stroke telerehabilitation during corona virus disease 2019 confinement in Spain
CONCLUSIONS: There are few specific Apps for the Stroke rehabilitation of sensory-motor impairments, and with important limitations that prevent their incorporation into clinical practice. The creation and adaptation of Apps for health professionals such as physiotherapists and occupational therapists and their users are recommended. Implications for rehabilitation It is necessary to create and adapt specific telerehabilitation tools to address sensory-motor disorders. Telerehabilitation should be introduced in the clinical practice of physiotherapy and occupational therapy. Telerehabilitation via App can be a solution, ea...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - February 12, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Carina Salgueiro Gerard Urr ùtia Rosa Cabanas-Vald és Source Type: research

Using a systems thinking approach to understand teachers perceptions and use of assistive technology in the republic of Ireland.
CONCLUSION: An AT system which is easy to navigate, which has policies and provision that supports educators, and has expert personnel on hand to support teachers, is crucial if AT is to become embedded in Irish classrooms. This research shows that a comprehensive AT system in education should include policies, practices, personnel, and products that interact to support people to engage easily and successfully with AT in the classroom. IMPLICATIONS FOR REHABILITATION Describes current trends in how teachers are engaging with Assistive Technology. Describes the current trends in disabilities in Irish classroom and teachers ...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - February 12, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: O'Sullivan K, McGrane A, Long S, Marshall K, Maclachlan M Tags: Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol Source Type: research

Available apps for stroke telerehabilitation during corona virus disease 2019 confinement in Spain.
CONCLUSIONS: There are few specific Apps for the Stroke rehabilitation of sensory-motor impairments, and with important limitations that prevent their incorporation into clinical practice. The creation and adaptation of Apps for health professionals such as physiotherapists and occupational therapists and their users are recommended. Implications for rehabilitation It is necessary to create and adapt specific telerehabilitation tools to address sensory-motor disorders. Telerehabilitation should be introduced in the clinical practice of physiotherapy and occupational therapy. Telerehabilitation via App can be a solution, ea...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - February 12, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Salgueiro C, Urrùtia G, Cabanas-Valdés R Tags: Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol Source Type: research

Quality of life, self-esteem, self-efficacy and social participation of persons living with mobility-related disability using mobility aids devices within select Nigerian communities.
CONCLUSION: Persons living with mobility-related disabilities have moderate QoL and SEf, high self-esteem and severe restriction in SP. QoL, SEf, SE, and SP correlated with one another. The possibility of improving other constructs by targeting one can be explored in disability rehabilitation. IMPLICATIONS FOR REHABILITATION The increasing prevalence of disability presented the need to study four constructs of well-being (Quality of Life, Self-esteem, Self-efficacy and Social participation). The perception of one's status and position in life can be negatively impacted upon by a mobility-related disability. Social particip...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - February 8, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Uchenwoke CI, Arinze BO, Nwankwo MJ, Umunnah JO Tags: Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol Source Type: research

Usefulness of navigation application for outdoor mobility guides in community-dwelling older adults: a preliminary study.
This study aimed to examine a mobile device navigation application's (apps) usefulness as a guide based on the required time and accuracy of moving to a destination for community-dwelling older adults. METHODS: Twelve older adults, aged ≥65 years (mean age 77.0 ± 8.0, 62% female) who used the day-care centre for older adults, based on the long-term care insurance system in Kagoshima Prefecture, participated in this study. Study participants performed a Route Navigation Task (RNT), which is a simple real-world navigation test based on the actual living environment, after a brief assessment of ph...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - February 4, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Shimokihara S, Tanoue T, Takeshita K, Tokuda K, Maruta M, Moriuchi T, Tabira T Tags: Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol Source Type: research

Robotic lower extremity exoskeleton use in a non-ambulatory child with cerebral palsy: a case study.
CONCLUSIONS: Data and anecdotal reports suggest that regular use of the Trexo Home robotic gait trainer has positive outcomes on frequency and quality of BMs, and may improve head control, and knee flexor spasticity. Larger controlled studies are needed to evaluate the impacts of Trexo use in children with CP. Implications for Rehabilitation Non-ambulatory children with CP can use and may experience benefits from using a robot-assisted gait trainer (RAGT). Constipation, aspects of balance and focal spasticity may improve. PMID: 33539714 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology.)
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - February 4, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Diot CM, Thomas RL, Raess L, Wrightson JG, Condliffe EG Tags: Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol Source Type: research

Potential of using an assistive technology to address meal preparation difficulties following acquired brain injury: clients' and caregivers' perspectives.
CONCLUSIONS: Findings of this study on difficulties of meal preparation following ABI and potential benefits and barriers of COOK will help improve this technology and customize it to the needs of clients with ABI and their caregivers. Implications for Rehabilitation Current compensatory strategies are not tailored to the specific needs of clients with ABI and cannot provide sufficient support for caregivers. COOK shows a high potential for increasing independence and safety during meal preparation in a living environment for clients with ABI via a sensor-based autonomous safety system and a cognitive assistance applicatio...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - February 3, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Zarshenas S, Gagnon-Roy M, Couture M, Bier N, Giroux S, Nalder E, Pigot H, Dawson D, Poncet F, LeDorze G, Bottari C, Canadian Traumatic Brain Injury Research Consortium Tags: Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol Source Type: research

Preliminary evaluation of an automated robotic transfer assist device in the home setting.
CONCLUSION: The AgileLife Patient Transfer System is a promising new form of transfer technology that may improve the mobility and mobility-related health of individuals with disabilities and their caregivers in home settings. Implications for rehabilitation Robotic transfer assistance reduced physical demand and work among end users and caregivers. The robotic device had a positive impact on some quality of life outcomes after 6 weeks of use. Users were highly likely to recommend the robotic transfer device to others. PMID: 33529539 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology.)
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - February 2, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Kulich HR, Wei L, Crytzer TM, Cooper RA, Koontz AM Tags: Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol Source Type: research

Electromechanical delay during functional electrical stimulation induced cycling is a function of lower limb position.
CONCLUSIONS: Since the crank angle has a significant effect on both the CD and RD, the angle has a significant effect on the EMD. Therefore, future efforts should consider the importance of the crank angle when modelling or estimating the EMD to improve control designs and ultimately improve rehabilitative treatments. Implications for rehabilitation New model predicts the delayed response of muscle torque production to electrical stimulation as a function of limb position during FES cycling. The model can inform closed-loop electrical stimulation induced rehabilitative cycling. PMID: 33529543 [PubMed - as supplied by ...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - February 2, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Allen BC, Stubbs KJ, Dixon WE Tags: Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol Source Type: research

2020 Ad Hoc Reviewers.
Authors: PMID: 33522332 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology.)
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - January 31, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol Source Type: research

Correlates of self-reported Wheelchair Skills Test Questionnaire scores of new users of mobility scooters: a cross-sectional study.
CONCLUSIONS: The correlations between WST-Q scores and other variables are similar to those found in other studies among users of scooters and other mobility devices. The gap between capacity and performance scores highlights the needs for additional skills training in this population of novice scooter users. IMPLICATIONS FOR REHABILITATION In implementing scooter training for new scooter users, attention should be paid to building community-based skills for navigating both the physical and the social environment. Scooter users' age and their driving capabilities need to be taken into account when developing and delivering...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - January 27, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Mortenson WB, Battalova A, Hurd L, Hobson S, Emery R, Kirby RL Tags: Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol Source Type: research

Effect of using of a lower-extremity exoskeleton on disability of people with multiple sclerosis.
CONCLUSIONS: The benefits in physical functioning and emotional well-being from using the exoskeleton at home were linked to amount of device usage. Low-profile robotic exoskeletons could be used to deliver facilitated exercise while assisting with locomotor activities of daily living, such as walking and stair climbing in the home and community environment. IMPLICATIONS FOR REHABILITATION Exoskeletons for home use may have the potential to benefit people with MS in terms of physical functioning and emotional well-being. The benefits in physical functioning and emotional well-being appeared to be linked to amount of usage....
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - January 27, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: McGibbon C, Sexton A, Gryfe P, Dutta T, Jayaraman A, Deems-Dluhy S, Novak A, Fabara E, Adans-Dester C, Bonato P Tags: Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol Source Type: research

Underpinning implications of instructional strategies on assistive technology for learning disability: a meta-synthesis review.
CONCLUSION: Performance of identified assistive tool types using PISC framework is analysed. Findings are reported and discussed. Implications for Rehabilitation Available assistive tools are not learning disability specific. So, in order to differentiate the learning path of a Learning Disabled learner from that of a Non-Learning Disabled learner, study is conducted under four attributes of PISC framework: Problem Manifestation, Underpinned Implication, Instructional Strategy and Cognitive Strength. Available assistive tools in the field of remedial education are found to be problem centric and only able in dealing with s...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - January 15, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Thapliyal M, Ahuja NJ Tags: Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol Source Type: research

Addressing data deficiencies in assistive technology by using statistical matching methodology: a case study from Malawi.
CONCLUSIONS: The statistical matching procedure does enable generation of good data in data constrained contexts. In the current study, this approach enabled measurement of access to assistive products among children with disabilities, in situations where the variables of interest have not been jointly observed. Such a technique can be valuable in mining secondary data, the collection of which may have been funded from different sources and for different purposes. This is of significance for the efficient use of current and future data sets, allowing new questions to be asked and addressed by locally based researchers in p...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - December 28, 2020 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Jamali-Phiri M, Kafumba JA, MacLachlan M, Smith EM, Ebuenyi ID, Eide AH, Munthali A Tags: Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol Source Type: research

Preliminary experiences in acute occupational therapy for in-patients with coronavirus-19 (COVID-19): leveraging assistive technology in three case studies of male veterans.
Abstract PURPOSE: Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) was first identified in December 2019 with millions of cases reported globally in the succeeding months. Initial hospitalisation strives to minimise multisystem organ failure and of those that survive, individuals can present with profound rehabilitation needs. The purpose of this case series is to describe occupational therapy (OT) and special technology considerations for three male Veteran patients hospitalised with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. Methods: This is a descriptive case series using a retrospective electronic health record review at a Veterans Administ...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - December 23, 2020 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Rich T, Hicks B, Dahl A, Sullivan E, Barrett B, Bedore B Tags: Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol Source Type: research

Early mobilization of a patient with acquired brain injury using a new standing aid, the Innowalk Pro. A single subject experimental design.
CONCLUSION: The new IP was considered a feasible and motivating intervention. Heart rate tended to decrease during IP training, while the blood pressure remained stable. Further research is needed to evaluate whether the IP should be a preferable or a supplementary assistive device for early mobilization. Implications for rehabilitation A new electrical standing device, Innowalk Pro, which moves the legs in upright position, was found to be feasible in early mobilisation of a patient with severe brain injury. Trained physiotherapist and assistive personnel are recommended for safe training. Physiological responses like hea...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - December 23, 2020 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Piene Wesche A, Strand LI, Jørgensen V, Opheim A, Høyer E Tags: Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol Source Type: research

Design and development of a self-propelled indoor wheelchair with direct toilet accessibility.
CONCLUSION: The opinions from most of the users are positive which categorically indicated that the proposed design addresses the multipurpose mobility requirements at indoors. Implications for rehabilitation The expected outcomes and implications of the current commode WC project with regard to rehabilitation purpose are enlisted below: In the present scenario, a WC user is heavily dependent on external assistance to access private spaces in general and toilets in particular. The introduced model is capable to address this shortcoming by enabling the user to access the toilet utility directly by self propelling. Indeed, f...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - December 18, 2020 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Akhil JP, Ajith RR, Ranjith SK Tags: Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol Source Type: research

Wearable rehabilitation exoskeletons of the lower limb: analysis of versatility and adaptability.
CONCLUSIONS: The use of a single wearable robot for different medical conditions in various diseases is a challenge. Based on this comparative, the properties of the exoskeletons that improve the working ability with different pathologies and patient conditions have been evaluated. Suggestions were made for developing a new lower-limb exoskeleton based on various modules with a distributed control system to improve versatility in wearable technology for different gait pattern progression. Implications for rehabilitation Wearable robotic exoskeletons for gait assistance have been analysed from the perspective of adaptation ...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - December 17, 2020 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Plaza A, Hernandez M, Puyuelo G, Garces E, Garcia E Tags: Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol Source Type: research

The global crisis of visual impairment: an emerging global health priority requiring urgent action.
PMID: 33332166 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology.)
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - December 17, 2020 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Rizzo JR, Beheshti M, Hudson TE, Mongkolwat P, Riewpaiboon W, Seiple W, Ogedegbe OG, Vedanthan R Tags: Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol Source Type: research

Assistive technologies, educational engagement and psychosocial outcomes among students with disabilities in higher education.
CONCLUSION: These findings highlight the importance of AT from both educational engagement and psychosocial perspectives for students with a wide variety of disability diagnoses. The wide-reaching benefits of AT must be considered by governmental departments when making funding allocations to disability services within higher education institutions. Implications for rehabilitation Students with disabilities can face many additional challenges within the higher education environment. Findings from this research show that access to appropriate assistive technology can support students' educational engagement, increase well-b...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - December 15, 2020 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: McNicholl A, Desmond D, Gallagher P Tags: Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol Source Type: research

Wheelchair satisfaction among elderly Arab and Jewish patients - a cross-sectional survey.
CONCLUSIONS: A WC Level 3 may be effective and meets most of the basic needs of both Jewish and Arab patients at older ages. Higher BMI may result in difficulty to adopt to WC dimensions and can explain the less satisfaction of Arab patients with this component. A routine initial phone call follow-up is recommended to all patients after receiving a wheelchair. Those with problems will be scheduled for home visit. It is recommended to perform a study that will include more types of assistive devices and other groups of patients. Implication For Rehabilitation Apparently, despite lack of home visit follow-up, overall satisfa...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - December 14, 2020 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Sarour M, Jacob T, Kram N Tags: Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol Source Type: research

Wheelchair mobility, motor performance and participation of adult wheelchair users with ARSACS: a cross-sectional study.
CONCLUSIONS: This study provided the first data sets describing specific characteristics of manual and powered wheelchair users with ARSACS. It supports a need to offer wheelchair skills training interventions to adults with ARSACS, which could increase their daily and social participation. IMPLICATIONS FOR REHABILITATION Adult wheelchair users with ARSACS present with limited wheelchair skills, significantly impaired motor performance, and reduced participation that generally decreases with age. This profile may serve as comparative data for clinicians to anticipate disease progression. This study provides the first data ...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - December 12, 2020 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Bourassa J, Routhier F, Gagnon C, Rahn C, Hébert LJ, St-Gelais R, Rodrigue X, Brais B, Best KL Tags: Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol Source Type: research

How can technology assist occupational voice users?
CONCLUSION: Further research is necessary for higher validity in the studies and to increase the readiness in the development of current technologies to offer more options for this population. Implications for Rehabilitation The evidence for the impact of the use of the technologies for occupational voice users is still low There is emerging evidence that mobile apps and artificial intelligence algorithms can be used to investigate vocal disorders or potential risks in occupational voice users More research is required to increase the readiness developmental stage of current technologies for occupational voice users. ...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - December 11, 2020 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Rodríguez-Dueñas WR, Sarmiento-Rojas J, Gómez-Medina MF, Espitia-Rojas GV Tags: Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol Source Type: research

An overview of assistive technology products and services provided in Malawi.
CONCLUSION: A range of organisations in Malawi play a role in assistive product delivery and related services. Coordinated AP delivery and service provision is required at a national level which is sustainable and inclusive, and is based on identified needs of the Malawian population. Implications for rehabilitation Policies supporting assistive product and service provision must acknowledge the contextual needs of the communities where they are implemented. Coordination is required for assistive product and service provision at the national and subnational level. Existing and potential gaps in service provision must be ad...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - December 10, 2020 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Smith EM, Ebuenyi ID, Kafumba J, Jamali-Phiri M, MacLachlan M, Munthali A Tags: Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol Source Type: research

Wheelchair service provision education for healthcare professional students, healthcare personnel and educators across low- to high-resourced settings: a scoping review protocol.
Abstract PURPOSE: Appropriate wheelchair provision is necessary for addressing participation barriers experienced by individuals with mobility impairments. Health care professionals involved in the wheelchair service provision process require a specific set of skills and knowledge to enable wheelchair use that meets individual posture, mobility and daily living requirements. However, inconsistencies exist in academic programmes globally about providing comprehensive education and training programmes. The planned scoping review aims to review and synthesize the global literature on wheelchair service provision educ...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - December 10, 2020 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Kamalakannan S, Rushton PW, Giesbrecht E, Rusaw DF, Bouziane SA, Nadeau M, McKee J, Gowran RJ, Kirby RL, Pedersen JP, Tasiemski T, Burrola-Mendez Y, Tofanin M, Goldberg M, Pearlman J Tags: Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol Source Type: research

A multidisciplinary advanced approach in central pontine myelinolysis recovery: considerations about a case report.
DISCUSSION: Innovation technology, including robotics and telemedicine, may be a valuable tool to improve functional outcomes in patients with severe motor impairment due to chronic CPM. IMPLICATIONS FOR REHABILITATION A multidisciplinary approach involving robotics plus virtual reality is mandatory to reduce medical and bedridden complications in patients affected by CPM. PMID: 33290136 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology.)
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - December 8, 2020 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Raciti L, Pizzurro R, Occhipinti F, Manuli A, Corallo F, Calabrò RS Tags: Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol Source Type: research

Basic principles for the development of an AI-based tool for assistive technology decision making.
Abstract INTRODUCTION: The impact of assistive technology use on the lives of people with disabilities has long been demonstrated in the literature. Despite the need for assistive technologies, and a wealth of innovative, afford-able, and accessible products, a low rate of assistive technology uptake is globally maintained. One of the reasons for this gap is related to data and knowledge formation and management. Low access to information and a lack of assessment services is evident. Fragmentation of data, inconsistency in assessment methodology and heterogeneity in the competence of assistive technology professio...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - December 4, 2020 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Ran M, Banes D, Scherer MJ Tags: Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol Source Type: research

Detecting physical abilities through smartphone sensors: an assistive technology application.
CONCLUSION: The SmartAbility Application demonstrates that built-in sensors of Android devices and their APIs, can detect actions that users perform, e.g., head movements and speaking. The Application contains a database where assistive technologies are mapped to physical abilities, in order to provide suitable recommendations. It will be disseminated to assistive technology charities and manufacturers and be used by healthcare professionals as part of the rehabilitation process. Future developments of SmartAbility include the creation of a second Application designed specifically to recommend assistive technologies for th...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - December 1, 2020 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Whittington P, Dogan H, Phalp K, Jiang N Tags: Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol Source Type: research

Enhancing cognitive rehabilitation in multiple sclerosis with a disease-specific tool.
Conclusions: The availability of a MS-specific CR system like MS-rehab fosters the design of more rigorous clinical studies on the effectiveness of computerised rehabilitation in MS. MS-rehab demonstrated its potential and innovativeness as a tool for cognitive rehabilitation in MS. IMPLICATIONS FOR REHABILITATION Computerized tools for cognitive rehabilitation (CR) in multiple sclerosis (MS) can be improved by a set of MS-specific features. The availability of advanced home-based cognitive rehabilitation mechanisms is fundamental for supporting standardized cognitive rehabilitation protocols in MS. A MS-specific CR system...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - December 1, 2020 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Gaspari M, Zini F, Stecchi S Tags: Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol Source Type: research

"Make it fun": a qualitative study exploring key aspects of power mobility interventions for children.
CONCLUSIONS: This study highlights both the similarities (fundamental aspects) and differences (key aspects targeting the specific needs of each learner group) of power mobility interventions for children in each of the three power mobility learner groups. Implications for Rehabilitation There are both similarities (fundamental aspects) and differences (key aspects targeting the specific needs of each learner group) in the needs of children in each of the three power mobility learner groups. Key aspects of power mobility interventions vary for children in each of the three paediatric power mobility learner groups and corre...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - December 1, 2020 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Kenyon LK, Blank K, Meengs J, Schultz AM Tags: Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol Source Type: research

Quality of wheelchair services as perceived by users in rural Bangalore district, India: a cross-sectional survey.
This study investigated the current state of wheelchair services in Bangalore Rural district, as provided by Bangalore Baptist Hospital, and identified areas for improvement. METHOD: a cross-sectional survey was held among 50 wheelchair users. Data was collected on demographics, satisfaction, wheelchair skills and level of disability using QUEST, WST-Q and CHART-SF questionnaires. RESULT: Overall satisfaction can be described as more or less satisfied, scoring 3.8 out of 5. Wheelchair users were less satisfied with the services compared to the wheelchair itself. The skills a wheelchair users had were strongly cor...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - November 27, 2020 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Geilen BG, de Witte L, Norman G, George CE Tags: Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol Source Type: research

Impact of the FindMyApps program on people with mild cognitive impairment or dementia and their caregivers; an exploratory pilot randomised controlled trial.
CONCLUSIONS: No statistical significant group differences on the outcomes were found. Small to moderate effect-sizes in favour of the FindMyApps group were found for self-management and social participation. Caregivers tended to have more positive care experiences. Subgroup analyses showed that people older than 70 benefitted more from FindMyApps regarding self-management and higher educated people benefitted more regarding social participation. FindMyApps is feasible for the target group and may have potential to improve self-management and social participation. For a future definitive effectiveness trial a larger sample ...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - November 27, 2020 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Beentjes KM, Neal DP, Kerkhof YJF, Broeder C, Moeridjan ZDJ, Ettema TP, Pelkmans W, Muller MM, Graff MJL, Dröes RM Tags: Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol Source Type: research

Exploring change in young children's power mobility skill following several months' experience.
Abstract PURPOSE: To measure and compare progression in children's power mobility skill among process and task-based measures following a loan of one of four early power mobility devices. Additionally, to explore different power mobility learner groups and skill development trajectories. METHODS: In this pre-post study, children were purposefully sampled and power mobility skill was measured from video taken pre-post several months' experience (mean 192.40; SD 42.79 days) using the Assessment of Learning Powered mobility use (ALP) and two task-based measures. Associations among power mobility skill mea...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - November 27, 2020 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Livingstone RW, Field DA Tags: Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol Source Type: research

Can google glass ™ technology improve freezing of gait in parkinsonism? A pilot study.
CONCLUSION: This feasibility study provides preliminary data suggesting that some walking tasks may improve with GG, which uses various musical dance programs to provide visual and auditory cueing for patients with FOG. IMPLICATIONS FOR REHABILITATION Freezing of gait in parkinsonian syndromes is a disabling motor block described by patients as having their feet stuck to the floor leading to difficulty in initiation of gait and increased risk for falls. Wearable assistive devices such as Google Glass™ use visual and auditory cueing that may improve gait pattern in patients with freezing of gait. Augmented reality pro...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - November 20, 2020 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Lee A, Hellmers N, Vo M, Wang F, Popa P, Barkan S, Patel D, Campbell C, Henchcliffe C, Sarva H Tags: Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol Source Type: research

Evaluation of the feasibility of an error-minimized approach to powered wheelchair skills training using shared control.
CONCLUSIONS: Individuals with mild to moderate cognitive impairment are able to learn the skills required to drive a powered wheelchair in as few as six training sessions. Further evaluation of the Co-pilot training program is required. IMPLICATIONS FOR REHABILITATION Shared control teleoperation technology may be used to augment learning in older adults with cognitive impairments. Evaluation of the feasibility of use of novel rehabilitation technologies is critical prior to engaging in large-scale clinical research. Individuals with cognitive impairment are able to learn the required skills for operation of a powered whee...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - November 20, 2020 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Smith EM, Miller WC, Mitchell I, Mortenson WB, Mihailidis A Tags: Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol Source Type: research

Emergency siren detection technology and hearing impairment: a systematized literature review.
CONCLUSIONS: So far, few technologies have been identified, and most of them are in the laboratory development stage (i.e., low product readiness level). These results indicate a justified need for the development of new in-vehicle technologies to detect emergency vehicles and actions to transform the new devices into products that are available for people with hearing impairment. IMPLICATIONS FOR REHABILITATION There is a need to design new assistive technology devices that are intended to detect emergency service vehicles, which in turn may reduce stress and anxiety related to driving for people with hearing impairment. ...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - November 19, 2020 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Bubar A, Eckstein B, Ell A, Hilts E, Martin S, Powell T, Miguel Cruz A, Rios Rincon A Tags: Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol Source Type: research

Robot dramas may improve joint attention of Chinese-speaking low-functioning children with autism: stepped wedge trials.
Abstract INTRODUCTION: Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), especially those with low cognitive functioning, have deficits in joint attention. Previous research has found that these children are interested in engaging with social robots. PURPOSE: In the present study, we designed a robot drama intervention for promoting responses to joint attention abilities (RJA) of children with low-functioning autism (IQs
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - November 13, 2020 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: So WC, Cheng CH, Law WW, Wong T, Lee C, Kwok FY, Lee SH, Lam KY Tags: Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol Source Type: research