Campus Community Partnerships With People Who Are Deaf or Hard of HearingBy Matteson, Jamie; Kha, Christine K.; Hu, Diane J.; Cheng, Chih-Chieh; Saul, Lawrence; Sadler, Georgia Robins; Assistive Technology Outcomes and Benefits, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 29-44
Publication Date: Fall 2008
Paper reports on a collaborative between the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and people who are deaf and hard of hearing to develop a new track in the university’s doctoral program that would train computer scientists in developing assistive living devices for people who have hearing and visual challenges. Faculty and students began developing ideas for technological advances that were anticipated to benefit people who are deaf and hard of hearing, while computer science graduate students and faculty worked with faculty, staff, and undergraduates at the university’s medical school to design culturally competent focus groups for people who were deaf and hard of hearing. The focus groups were designed to gather opinions of these presumed end users about three promising ideas for assistive listening devices: a voice volume detector, a portable dialogue facilitator, and a sound detector. The result was a productive interchange between the computer science team and focus group members. The insights garnered were subsequently used to refine the three devices.
Published by: Special Education Assistive Technology Center, Illinois State University (Website:http://www.seat.ilstu.org/)
Assistive Technology Industry Association (Web Site: http://www.atia.org. )
Link to text: http://www.atia.org/files/public/ATOBV5N1ArticleFOUR.pdf