Touch screen devices have become prevalent in our lives. Assistive technology experts working with people with disabilities face difficulty in understanding and assessing the problems experienced by individuals with disabilities in operating touch screen devices. This paper presents the processes of collecting and creating the required knowledge needed for assessing the user's skills for operating various touch screen devices, in order to develop an application for assessing the user's abilities and limitations. A six step procedure was used to collect and validate the required knowledge for the assessment from a multidisciplinary team. To determine the agreement levels between the experts, content validity was calculated. To test correlation between the experts from the different disciplines, a comparison was made between the discipline groups and their choice of specific skills/measurements. The final number of domains and skills/measurements was 15 domains and 50 skills/measurements. The result of Cronbach's α test for the final assessment questionnaire (50 skills/measurements) was 0.94, which indicates a high degree of reliability. The results of Kruskal-Wallis test showed the lack of any significant difference between agreements of the clinicians and the technicians groups, but significant differences were found between the educators and the clinicians groups. Each of the skills appearing in the final questionnaire was illustrated in a flowchart in preparation for developing the assessment (tool) for using touch screen devices.
|Title of host publication||Harnessing the Power of Technology to Improve Lives|
|Editors||Peter Cudd, Luc de Witte|
|Number of pages||7|
|State||Published - 2017|
|Name||Studies in Health Technology and Informatics|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work has been supported by EDEN-Erasmus MunDus AcadEmic Network. The authors cordially thank the contribution of the 40 AT experts for their time, effort and willingness to share their experience in constructing and validating the assessment. The authors warmly thank Sabato Mellone and Carlo Tacconi for their support in the technical part of the assessment development
© 2017 The authors and IOS Press. All rights reserved.
- assistive technology
- multidisciplinary team
- touch screen technology
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biomedical Engineering
- Health Informatics
- Health Information Management