Friday, December 27, 2013

Using mobile technology to assist young adults with disabilities

Mobile devices like smartphones and tablets have such potential to assist people who have physical disabilities. What type of research has gone into evaluating these tools?

In Michigan, a $4.5 million federal grant will allow University of Michigan researchers to evaluate how mobile apps and a video game can assist young adults with spinal cord dysfunction and neurodevelopmental disabilities. Can these tools help these adults become more independent?

The five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research will help launch the new U-M Rehabilitation Engineering and Research Center (RERC), Technology Increasing Knowledge, Technology Optimizing Choices (TIKTOC).

You can read about it here.

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