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Enabling a Man with Multiple Disabilities and Limited Motor Behavior to Perform a Functional Task with Help of Microswitch Technology

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Antonucci, M and Lancioni, GE and O'Reilly, MF and Singh, NN and Sigafoos, J and Oliva, D, Enabling a Man with Multiple Disabilities and Limited Motor Behavior to Perform a Functional Task with Help of Microswitch Technology, Perceptual and Motor Skills, 103, (1) pp. 83-88. ISSN 0031-5125 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.2466/PMS.103.1.83-88

Abstract

This study evaluated the extent to which two microswitches used as interfaces would enable a man with multiple disabilities and limited motor behavior to operate an electric door opener at the entrance of the day center that he attended. Analysis showed the man (a) learned to use the two microswitches, (b) preferred the microswitch placed at his wheelchair's footrest (which also allowed more effective responding) over the microswitch placed at his wheelchair's armrest, and (c) maintained his positive performance at the 1- and 2-mo. postintervention checks. The results were discussed from a technical and practical standpoint and in terms of implications for the quality of life of persons with disabilities. © Perceptual and Motor Skills 2006.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist Studies in Education
Research Field:Special Education and Disability
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other Education and Training
Objective Field:Special Needs Education
Author:Sigafoos, J (Professor Jeffrey Sigafoos)
ID Code:40800
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2006-08-01
Last Modified:2007-04-30
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