Design of Mobile Wireless Technology for Individuals with Cognitive Impairments
Vicki Haberman and Michael Jones, Ph.D., Shepherd Center Atlanta, GA
James Mueller, MID, MS, J. L. Mueller, Inc. Chantilly, VA
Through the integration of research and design, mobile wireless technology (MWT) has the potential to impact the level of independence of individuals with cognitive impairments resulting from acquired brain injuries (ABI). Research in computer science and rehabilitation engineering is combined with industrial design to explore the central concern: the design of a user interface that people with significant cognitive impairments can understand and operate. Using a human-centered design approach to understand this specific arena provides a basis for enhancing the usability of mobile wireless technologies for all users.