Project R1 – Discovery of User Needs and Preferences for Information and Communication Technologies: Priority Needs and Access Issues. The goals of this exploratory and de- scriptive research project are to: 1) identify priority needs and preferences of people with disabil- ities that might be addressed through ICT applications; 2) determine potential access issues asso- ciated with emerging ICT; 3) generate use-case scenarios describing possible ICT applications that address priority needs and preferences or access issues; and 4) disseminate these use-case scenarios to ICT developers.
Project R2 – Factors Affecting Acceptance of ICT – People with Disabilities and Caregivers. In collaboration with other research entities in the US and Canada, over the next five years, this project will study several key topics related to ICT access, including concerns for privacy, confidentiality, and user acceptance of remote monitoring and behavioral informatics applica- tions for independent living impact of ICT applications on caregiver burden, and accessibility and usability of mainstream ICT applications such as home automation and wearable technolo- gies. Results will inform our D2 Tech Factory development efforts.
Project R3 – Improving Safety and Activity Independence in the Home/ Community following TBI . This project will study use of self-report measurement, paired with environmental technology-based feedback that informs on ability, realistic “next step” goals, treatment plan implementation, and progress to improve safety, increase activity and participation, and lessen fam- ily burden/improve family life quality. This research will inform our project D3 effort to develop and validate network solutions employing remote monitoring and modeling-derived algorithms to influence safety and activity independence.
Project D1 – Technology/Policy Watch and Emerging Issues for ICT Access. This ongoing activity will lead efforts to 1) identify emerging cutting edge developments in ICT technologies with po- tential AT uses, 2) recognize mainstream scientific and technology developments that have the potential to impact technologies, policy, guidelines and standards related to ICT, and 3) proactively address emerg- ing ICT issue areas to inform all of our other R&D efforts.
Project D2 – Tech Factory – Meeting user needs by developing ICT & Software. This pro- ject is composed of two complementary efforts to: 1) develop discrete solutions using available hardware platforms, and 2) develop assistive and accessible mobile Apps for mainstream ICT devices associated with emerging interfaces and platforms. These projects are designed to rapid- ly respond to user-defined problems of ICT access with solutions to meet their needs and oppor- tunities for independent living. The initial focus will be on wearable technology, with flexibility to respond to new interfaces and platforms that emerge over the 5 years of the funding cycle. In order to begin work immediately, several launch projects based on input and suggestions from our consumer advisory panel have been proposed for the first year.
Project D3 – Use of Behavioral Informatics to Support Safety and Activity Independence in the Home and Community This effort will capitalize on results from R3 work by developing and validating network solutions employing remote monitoring and modeling-derived algorithms to influence safety and activity independence. We will utilize behavioral informatics to build a virtual coach to complement or replace the hands-on support and assistance commonly provided by a life coach or family member.