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Rehabilitation to Assistance, Engineering to Technology - Some lessons from 12 years at CORE
Alan Turner-Smith (CORE)

The Plenary talk describing the journey of the Assistive Technology field...

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Remote Provision of Assistive Technology
Peter Cudd (Barnsley Hospital)

The Artemis project is sponsored by the European Commission to develop remote provision of Assistive Technology for accessing Information Technology. It is a 39 month project and is due to finish in September 2006. The provision involves three elements, the service, the system and the AT devices. This presentation will concentrate on the technology, i.e. the requirements for the system and AT devices...

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Introducing second generation telecare services
S Blackburn (Barnsley General Hospital)

It has been argued that telecare can allow people to maintain or regain their independence; allow people to stay in their own home rather than going into residential care; reduce admission to hospital; and facilitate early discharge (Audit Commission, 2004). With funding provided by a Neighbourhood Renewal Grant, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council and Barnsley Hospital NHS Trust carried out a pilot to discover the issues around mainstreaming telecare services. Specifically, the project sought to introduce an appropriate telecare system and evaluate its impact on older people, service providers and carers. This paper provides an overview of the project, the installation of the technology and interim results obtained thus far...

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CSIP Telecare
Mike Clarke (CSIP, DOH)

Specialist telecare services are now moving from local pilots into mainstream services as organisations build on the capacity and infrastructure of community alarms and explore the potential of telehealth (eg vital signs monitoring) in supporting people with long term conditions...

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Vroom Vroom How do children learn to drive powered wheelchairs?
J Durkin (Chailey Heritage Clinical Services)

There is a paucity of literature in the area concerning children learning powered mobility skills and it is an area of neglect for research, particularly in the U.K. Children with multiple and complex disabilities have traditionally been excluded from research studies in this area...

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Mounting Equipment on wheelchairs, a risky business ?
Alison Teague (Frenchay Communication Aid Centre), Adrian Hibbart (Toby Churchill)

Mounting electronic assistive technology equipment to wheelchairs has become a difficult area recently. Although many mounting systems are available, the procedures and responsibilities for carrying out this work are unclear. Guidelines from the MHRA stress the importance of a detailed risk analysis but offer little guidance on how to carry this out. This presentation will outline the work of a group of EAT assessment services and companies who have come together to create documentation to help manage the assessment and risk management of the equipment mounting process...

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Independent project - a simple music player
James Chadd (BIME)

The INDEPENDENT project aims to investigate the use of technology for improving the quality of life and well being of people with dementia. It is part of the EPSRC Equal programme and consists of a consortium made up of the Bath Institute of Medical Engineering (BIME) at the University of Bath, the universities of Liverpool and Sheffield, Dementia Voice, Northamptonshire County Council, Sheffcare, and Huntleigh Health Care are our industrial partners...

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Evidence based practice in seating
Andrew Frank (RNOH)

The basis of service provision is to understand the needs of the users of our service. To obtain the funding that we wish to develop our services, it is helpful to have facts and figures to support our case. This data can reflect any aspect of our service, but no data probably shows a service unworthy of further investment...

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Development of a regional AAC care pathway
Carole-Anne Glendinning (ACT)

Access to Communication and Technology (ACT) were commissioned to carry out a project to look at the Electronic Assistive Technology service across the West Midlands. As part of this project, two working groups were set up to look at the Environmental Controls and AAC services, regionally and locally. As a result of this, a team of Speech and Language Therapists met over a period of 2 years to develop the Care Pathway documentation as it stands today...

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Enivronmental Control resources and the national curriculum
Neil Hansen (Possum)

Introducing participants to a structured programme of key-stage resources developed by The Futcher School. Activities suitable for pupils and students from pre-school to tertiary education are provided, along with additional activities for home use. Activities are designed to help develop Cause & Effect and Turn Taking skills. This session shows how environmental controls can be used as a fun and stimulating teaching aid within the national curriculum...

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SAW - What does the Vista promise
David Colven (ACE)

SAW (Switch Access to Windows was first envisaged before the launch of Windows 3. The new operating system from Microsoft now dubbed Vista, with its User Interface Automation, promises to make possible intelligent agents that will allow switch users to have their own interfaces created ‘on the fly’ by SAW...

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DASHER - an alternative computer access tool
Seb Wills (Inference Group, Cambridge University)

We describe Dasher, a human-computer interface for text entry, targeted at users unable to use a conventional keyboard. Dasher is usually controlled by a continuous gesture, conveyed for example by mouse, joystick, head-tracker or gaze-tracker. Invented in our research group in 1997, Dasher has developed into a mature, open-source (free) software application with many disabled users...

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COGAIN - Communication by gaze
Lisa Oosthuizen & Mick Donnegan (ACE)

In Europe alone, the number of potential beneficiaries of eye tracking technology amounts to several hundreds of thousands but only a fraction of these people are actually using eye control in order to make their lives easier and more enjoyable. For many of them, eye control is potentially the quickest, least tiring and most reliable form of access to technology...

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OATS - Open Source Assistive Technology
Simon Judge (ACT)

The global Assistive Technology (AT) and Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) software field, while expanding all the time, remains small and very specialised. AT is a relatively under funded field with its players widely spread across the globe. Open sourcing, if managed sensibly and creatively could offer the AT field an inexpensive opportunity to create, share, and above all disseminate good products that have high AT end user value but no (or relatively little) commercial interest or return...

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Programme

You can also download the 2005 conference programme.

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Last edit: Simon Judge - 7th April 2006

 

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