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Dev Neurorehabil. 2012;15(3):209-18. doi: 10.3109/17518423.2012.666766.

Technology-based programs to support forms of leisure engagement and communication for persons with multiple disabilities: two single-case studies.

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Department of Neuroscience and Sense Organs, University of Bari, Italy. g.lancioni@psico.uniba.it

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To extend the assessment of technology-based programs for promoting stimulus choice and staff/caregiver calls or radio operation and text messaging.

METHOD:

In Study I, the program involved a portable computer, commercial software, and a microswitch to allow a man with motor impairment and moderate intellectual disability to choose among preferred stimuli (e.g., songs and film clips) and persons to call. In Study II, the programs involved (a) a radio device and an electronic control unit or (b) a net-book computer and a global system for mobile communication. A woman with blindness and moderate intellectual disability used a microswitch to operate the radio or send and listen to text messages.

RESULTS:

The participants succeeded in using the technology-aided programs through simple microswitch activations involving partial hand closure (Study I) or hand pressure (Study II).

CONCLUSION:

Technology-based programs can provide persons with multiple disabilities relevant leisure and communication opportunities.

PMID:
22582852
DOI:
10.3109/17518423.2012.666766
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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