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Each year, between 250 000 and 500 000 people globally sustain a spinal cord injury (SCI). Such injuries can limit their upper limb mobility. Tablets and smartphones are generally devices designed to be operated by touch and as such are inaccessible to people who have no or restricted movement in their hands or arms. With a range of smartphones, each produced by different manufacturers, this project aims to better understand the user experience when it comes to accessing a smartphone through assistive technology.   

The objectives of this study are to understand how a user might use their functional abilities, such as hand or arm movement, or voice, in combination with assistive technology to interact with their smartphone. We would like to know if these methods meet their day to day activities and needs, focusing on making and receiving phone calls and texts, and using social media. Through this, we hope to identify  potential gaps in user requirements and existing assistive technology capabilities and make recommendations accordingly. 

Meet our team!

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Hello, I am Richard. I am a postgraduate student at University College London. I will be one of your interviewers in the Smartphone Accessibility study for Individuals with Spinal Cord Injuries. We would love to hear about what assistive technology you use and your views and experiences when interacting with your smartphone.

Email: richard.armstrong-wood.17@ucl.ac.uk

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Hi, I am Beth, I am also a postgraduate student at University College London doing the MSc in Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technologies. I will be your second interviewer in the study. Your feedback will help us to propose improvements for designers that will enhance the smartphone experience for all users with upper limb mobility restrictions.

Email: elisabeth.joyce.20@ucl.ac.uk

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Hello, I am Steph, I am a postgraduate student at University College London doing my MSc in Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technologies. My role in this study is the development and administration of the questionnaire. This study will provide us with invaluable information to help us better your experience using your smartphone. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me via the email below.

Email: stephanie.panousis.20@ucl.ac.uk

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Hi, I am Hannah, I am a postgraduate student at University College London doing an MSc in Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technologies. I am part of the participant recruitment team and involved in developing solutions from the results on the study. Your feedback helps identify areas where we can target to improve your smart phone accessibility. If you have any queries about how to sign up to the study or would like to be involved in future studies please contact me in the following email.

Email: h.campbell.20@ucl.ac.uk

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Hi, I am Chrys, I am a postgraduate student at University College London doing an MSc in Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technologies. I am also part of the participant recruitment team. We value your experiences and would love to hear all about them through our questionnaire and interview. If you need any clarifications about the study please contact me using the following email.

Email: chrysovalanto.messiou.20@ucl.ac.uk

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Hi, I’m Amber, I am part of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technologies MSc at University College London. I am part of the team responsible for developing the questionnaire. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to myself or Stephanie.

Email: amber.kite.20@ucl.ac.uk

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Hi, I’m Arnaud, I am part of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technologies MSc at University College London. I am part of the participant recruitment and social media team. If you have any question regarding our different social media account or if you need to contact someone regarding the participant recruitment, please do not hesistate to use the following email.

Email: arnaud.lauriau.20@ucl.ac.uk

 

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