WS34 - Organizing the Available Data on Text Entry by Computer Users with Disabilities: Current Findings and Next Steps

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Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Tech Lab Jackson
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Many individuals with disabilities use assistive technology (AT) control interfaces to enter text into computers and augmentative alternative communication devices. Selecting the right interface is a critical task that requires consideration of multiple factors including the individual’s text entry needs, diagnosis, motor and process skills, an appropriate body site and interface placement. Currently, there are limited evidence-based resources to support interface selection by AT service providers. This workshop will introduce and demonstrate an innovative database and registry that organizes all of the relevant text entry data published in the last 30 years. We will discuss initial findings from this review of the evidence, ways in which others can use the database for their own analyses, and future plans for crowdsourcing and updating the tool over time.


Heidi Koester, Sajay Arthanat