Nobody can overemphasize the potential impact of assistive technology
and augmentative communication on the lives of
people with disabilities.
But helping individuals to find the best tech solutions for their needs
can be a very challenging endeavour. Simple
requests often hide many layers of complexity that not only relate to a
person’s physical, cognitive, and sensory
skills, and the intricacy of their goals, but also to facilitators and
barriers created by their environment and to
personal factors such as culture and beliefs.
Individuals with complex physical disabilities present the additional
challenges involved in identifying the optimum
access methods for their technology. How do we know we’ve found the most
effective human technology interface solutions
from all of the available options?
In this lecture Charlie shares practical advice and technical tips built
up over 23 years of solving these problems.
This includes assessment approaches for switches and eye-gaze, while
considering innovative solutions and access methods
as diverse as voice, head-pointing and the promise of brain control