Assistive technology: the official journal of RESNA (ASSIST TECHNOL)

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Journal description

Assistive Technology is the one journal that meets the concerns of all practitioners involved in the application of assistive technology and rehabilitation technologies and the delivery of related services. The journal seeks to foster communication among researchers, developers, clinicians, educators, consumer and others working in all aspects of the assistive technology arena.

Current impact factor: 0.51

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2009 Impact Factor 0.659

Additional details

5-year impact 0.84
Cited half-life 8.10
Immediacy index 0.05
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.18
Website Assistive Technology website
Other titles Assistive technology (Online)
ISSN 1040-0435
OCLC 61311088
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Neuromuscular disorders (NMDs) are a group of heterogeneous diseases that which show differences in incidence, hereditary, etiology, prognosis or functional impairments. Wheelchair use (manual or powered) is influenced by several factors, including personal and contextual factors and comprehensive evaluation of their impact is required in order to optimize prescription and provision of wheelchairs. We therefore assessed the influence of wheelchair use on the quality of life (QoL) of 60 participants with NMD using the Psychosocial Impact of Assistive Devices Scale (PIADS).The Functional Independence Measure (FIM) and a specially developed questionnaire were used to obtain information about contextual factors and participants' activity profile of activities of the participants. The results showed that using a wheelchair has psychosocial benefits, with the main determinants of benefit being type of wheelchair (powered), non-ambulation ability and independence in mobility. Ensuring a good match between user and AT (e.g. wheelchair), as well as the effectiveness of the particular device, will increase the likelihood that the user will adopt it and use it effectively in daily life. Clinical prescription of AT would be improved by making appropriate use of outcome measures.
    Assistive technology: the official journal of RESNA 07/2015; DOI:10.1080/10400435.2015.1045996
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    ABSTRACT: Forearm crutches are a commonly used assistive device to aid the ambulation of people with lower limb impairment. Due to the structure of the joints of the upper limb, the loading patterns during crutch-walking can be detrimental to the user. Shock-absorbed or compliant crutches may reduce ground contact impact, potentially benefitting the user. In this study, we performed a biomechanical evaluation of a shock absorber crutch, which uses a uses an elastomeric system to absorb impact. Ground reaction forces (GRFs) and spatiotemporal parameters were compared between shock absorbed and standard crutches. Results indicate no significant differences to spatiotemporal parameters and peak ground reaction forces between the crutches. There is an initial impact spike during crutch strike when using shock absorbed crutches, after which the rate of force development is moderately decreased when compared with a standard crutch. The practical benefit of a small reduction in force is questionable and more work must be undertaken to further optimise shock absorber design.
    Assistive technology: the official journal of RESNA 07/2015; DOI:10.1080/10400435.2015.1045997
  • Assistive technology: the official journal of RESNA 06/2015; DOI:10.1080/10400435.2015.1024349
  • Assistive technology: the official journal of RESNA 06/2015; DOI:10.1080/10400435.2015.1040896
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    ABSTRACT: This research aims to develop a low-cost audio prescription labeling (APL) system for visually-impaired people by using the RFID system. The developed APL system includes the APL machine and APL software. The APL machine is for visually-impaired people while APL software allows caregivers to record all important information into the APL machine. The main objective of the development of the APL machine is to reduce costs and size by designing all of the electronic devices to fit into one print circuit board. Also, it is designed so that it is easy to use and can become an electronic aid for daily living. The developed APL software is based on Java and MySQL, both of which can operate on various operating platforms and are easy to develop as commercial software. The developed APL system was first evaluated by 5 experts. The APL system was also evaluated by 50 actual visually-impaired people (30 elders and 20 blind individuals) and 20 caregivers, pharmacists and nurses. After using the APL system, evaluations were carried out, and it can be concluded from the evaluation results that this proposed APL system can be effectively used for helping visually-impaired people in terms of self-medication.
    Assistive technology: the official journal of RESNA 06/2015; DOI:10.1080/10400435.2014.1004000
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    ABSTRACT: A total of 10 trails were done on two cushions; HR50 foam and Jay3 under two loads; 44 kg and 53 kg, using a compliant cushion loading indenter capable of measuring internal loads and deformation to determine if there is a discernible difference between cushions and loading conditions and to determine if the model is repeatable and sensitive. The results of this study indicate that there is significant difference in both loads and cushions. The results also indicate that the indenter is repeatable and the unloaded data needs to be taken only once. These results are pertinent to evaluation of wheelchair cushion performance. This research will advance understanding of the internal loads and tissue deformations associated with different cushions.
    Assistive technology: the official journal of RESNA 06/2015; DOI:10.1080/10400435.2014.986772
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    ABSTRACT: We developed and evaluated a software tool for the automatic configuration of Windows keyboard settings. The software is intended to accommodate the needs of people with physical impairments, with a goal of improved productivity and comfort during typing. The prototype software, called AutoIDA, monitors user activity during performance of regular computer tasks and recommends the Sticky Keys and key repeat settings to meet the user’s specific needs. The evaluation study included fourteen individuals with upper extremity impairments. AutoIDA recommended changes to the default keyboard settings for 10 of the 14 participants. For these individuals, average typing speed was essentially the same whether users typed with the default keyboard settings (5.5 wpm) or the AutoIDA-recommended settings (5.3 wpm). Average typing errors decreased with use of the recommended settings, from 17.6% to 13.3%, but this was not quite statistically significant (p = .10). On an individual basis, four participants appeared to improve their overall typing performance with AutoIDA-recommended settings. For more specific metrics, AutoIDA prevented about 90% of inadvertent key repeats (with a revised algorithm) and increased the efficiency and accuracy of entering modified (shifted) characters. Participants agreed that software like AutoIDA would be useful to them (average rating 4.1, where 5 = strongly agree).
    Assistive technology: the official journal of RESNA 06/2015; DOI:10.1080/10400435.2014.997899
  • Assistive technology: the official journal of RESNA 05/2015; DOI:10.1080/10400435.2015.1030515
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    ABSTRACT: Assistive technology devices for computer access can facilitate social reintegration and promote independence for people who have had a stroke. This work describes the exploration of the usefulness and acceptability of a new computer access device called Nouse™ (Nose-as-mouse). The device uses standard webcam and video recognition algorithms to map the movement of the user’s nose to a computer cursor, thereby allowing hands-free computer operation. Ten participants receiving in- or outpatient stroke rehabilitation completed a series of standardized and everyday computer tasks using Nouse™ and then completed a device usability questionnaire. Task completion rates were high (90%) for computer activities only in the absence of time constraints. Most of the participants were satisfied with ease of use (70%) and liked using Nouse™ (60%), indicating they could resume most of their usual computer activities apart from word-processing using the device. The findings suggest that hands-free computer access devices like Nouse™ may be an option for people who experience upper motor impairment caused by stroke and are highly motivated to resume personal computing. More research is necessary to further evaluate the effectiveness of this technology, especially in relation to other computer access assistive technology devices.
    Assistive technology: the official journal of RESNA 05/2015; DOI:10.1080/10400435.2015.1006343
  • Assistive technology: the official journal of RESNA 05/2015; DOI:10.1080/10400435.2015.1039149
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    ABSTRACT: Visually impaired students (VIS) are unable to get visual information, which has made their learning process complicated. This paper discusses the overall situation of VIS in Bangladesh and identifies major challenges that they are facing in getting education. The Braille system is followed to educate blind students in Bangladesh. However, lack of Braille based educational resources and technological solutions have made the learning process lengthy and complicated for VIS. As a developing country, Bangladesh cannot afford for the costly Braille related technological tools for VIS. Therefore, a mobile phone based Braille application, “mBRAILLE”, for Android platform is designed to provide an easy Braille learning technology for VIS in Bangladesh. The proposed design is evaluated by experts in assistive technology for students with disabilities, and advanced learners of Braille. The application aims to provide a Bangla and English Braille learning platform for VIS. In this paper, we depict iterative (participatory) design of the application along with a preliminary evaluation with 5 blind subjects, and 1 sighted and 2 blind experts. The results show that the design scored an overall satisfaction level of 4.53 out of 5 by all respondents, indicating that our design is ready for the next step of development.
    Assistive technology: the official journal of RESNA 05/2015; DOI:10.1080/10400435.2015.1011758
  • Assistive technology: the official journal of RESNA 05/2015; DOI:10.1080/10400435.2015.1012607
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    ABSTRACT: The focus of this research was to design a functional and user-friendly reacher for people with spinal cord injuries (SCIs). Engineering advancements have taken assistive robotics to new dimensions. Technologies such as wheelchair robotics and myo-electronically controlled systems have opened up a wide range of new applications to assist people with physical disabilities. Similarly, exo-skeletal limbs and body suits have provided new foundations from which technologies can aid function. Unfortunately, these devices have issues of usability, weight, and discomfort with donning. The Smart Assistive Reacher Arm (SARA) system, developed in this research, is a voice-activated, lightweight, mobile device that can be used when needed. SARA was built to help overcome daily reach challenges faced by individuals with limited arm and hand movement capability, such as people with cervical level 5-6 (C5-6) SCI. This article shows that a functional reacher arm with voice control can be beneficial for this population. Comparison study with healthy participants and an SCI participant shows that, when using SARA, a person with SCI can perform simple reach and grasp tasks independently, without someone else’s help. This suggests that the interface is intuitive and can be easily used to a high level of proficiency by a SCI individual.
    Assistive technology: the official journal of RESNA 04/2015; 27(2):112-120. DOI:10.1080/10400435.2014.970676
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    ABSTRACT: Inclusion of people with special needs in the labor market has been increasing in some regions of Brazil as a result of the Articles 6 and 7 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Brazil and the Quota Law (No. 8.213/91, Art. 93) which entitle people with disabilities to work in order to improve their social condition. To support persons with complex communication needs in the workplace, 40 graphic symbols termed “symbols of industrial expressions” were developed within the framework of the COMMUNIS package. The symbols were developed for a company of the food sector in the Metropolitan Region of Curitiba, Brazil. Individual interviews were held with the human resources professionals, as well as with employees with complex communication needs in order to identify problems, assess requirements, and generate a list of specific symbols to develop. The symbols were then validated with regard to their ease of recognition. Only five symbols needed revision. The results suggest that it is possible to develop a set of symbols for the workplace that are judged to be iconic by human resources professionals and employees with complex communication needs.
    Assistive technology: the official journal of RESNA 04/2015; 27(2):101-111. DOI:10.1080/10400435.2014.984261
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    ABSTRACT: The objective of this study was to determine if wheelie training that begins with learning how to balance with the front wheels on a ramp would increase the success rate, reduce the training time, and improve retention rates. A randomized controlled trial design was used to evaluate the effectiveness of wheelie training on a ramp setting (ramp group, n = 26) and conventional training (conventional group, n = 26). The main outcome measures were success rates in achieving wheelie competence, training time, and the retention rate in 7 and 30 days respectively. The results showed that the success rate for each training group both reached 100%. The mean training times for the conventional group and the ramp group were 86.0 ± 35.7 and 76.0 ± 25.8 minutes. Training time was not significantly affected by the training method (p = 0.23), but it was affected by gender, with women requiring an average of 92.0 ± 31.4 minutes in comparison with 70.0 ± 27.5 minutes for men (p = 0.01). The skill retention rate after 7 and 30 days was 100% for both groups. Neither success rate nor training time for wheelie skill acquisition by learners were improved by learning wheelie balance on a ramp. However, a high retention rate of wheelie skills for both training groups was found, which implies that success can be achieved by training on a ramp used in this study.
    Assistive technology: the official journal of RESNA 04/2015; 27(2):121-127. DOI:10.1080/10400435.2014.986773