With the popularity of mobile devices, education for people with disabilities has begun to use mobile devices to promote students' learning. However, the operation of the mobile devices usually requires high skills of visual and motor control and coordination, and there is still a considerable degree of difficulty for persons with disabilities . Therefore, the purpose of this study is to understand the difficulty of operating mobile devices for people with disabilities, and the currently available accessibility adjustment strategies, in order to develop an assessment tool to evaluate the mobile devices operation of the physically challenged persons. After the comprehensive assessment of the accessibility adjustment strategies of mobile devices and develop an intervention plan. This study used in-depth interviews to understand the difficulty of operating a mobile devices for physical disabilities and the current accessibility adjustment strategy. A total of 4 occupational therapists and 20 students with physical disabilities or with cerebral palsy were interviewed. According to the interview results, the current difficulties in the operation of mobile devices are mainly manifested in several aspects, including: posture of operation, placement of mobile devices, basic button switch, basiccontrol, text input, and text output. At present, the adjustment strategies they use are roughly the same as those in the literature. However, for people with severe physical disabilities, using current support strategies is still difficult to effectively operate the tablet device. From the above-mentioned difficulties in the operation of mobile devices and in combination with the adjustment strategies provided by the therapists, this study has compiled a “Accessibility of Mobile Devices for Students with Disabilities Evaluation form”. The evaluation content can be roughly divided into four parts: adjustment of the operation posture and the placement of the mobile devices, input adjustment (basic mobile devices control and text input), output adjustments, as well as the evaluation of the body anatomical control part. In the future, this study will develop an evaluation process APP for people with physical disorders and cerebral palsy, using plate assessment to collect more sample data. In addition, because the needs of each person with physical disorder or cerebral palsy cases are very unique, the adjustment equipment required may be different. The designed evaluation process sheet is designed to match the most suitable mobile vehicle aids and adjustment models for the case, and it is expected that the evaluation process will be continuously revised through subsequent trials and adjustments.
|Effective start/end date||2017/08/01 → 2018/10/31|
- persons with physical disabilities
- cerebral palsy
- mobile devices
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