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Self-reports of adults with developmental disability using mobile technology for independence and community living

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The use of mobile technology as communication aids is growing. However many individuals with complex communication needs use these tools for more than just face-to-face interactions. A study was conducted with adults with developmental disabilities using mobile technology – based AAC systems. In one-on-one interviews, participants were asked to share information about their use of mobile technology, to identify all the apps they use, how they use the apps, the purpose, adaptations and any other information that they thought might be useful to other individuals with disabilities who use AAC. Preliminary results indicate that that use of mobile technology include apps for ordering prescriptions, making appointments, memory, navigation, sharing photos and leisure as well as access to social media. The poster will provide a synthesis of the study findings.

Author(s):

Patricia Politano    
University of Illinois at Chicago, Assistive Technology Unit
United States

Stephanie Bay    
University of Illinois at Chicago, Assistive Technology Unit
United States

Julie Vryhof    
University of Illinois at Chicago, Assistive Technology Unit
United States

 

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