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2013 Mobile Accessibility Study

This project investigates issues around social impact of mobile technology in the lives of people with severe vision impairments in six countries – Costa Rica, IndiaMalawi, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and South Korea. The project builds on previous work here at UMSI on Accessibility in Peru, Jordan and India.

The purpose of this site is to provide updates on our ongoing work and analysis, and get feedback from readers. We’ll be posting a series of write-ups on our work. This blog arose out of a need to inform our study subjects of the progress and results of our work (thanks everyone!), which turned into an opportunity to have a casual conversation about our ideas, the direction we’re headed in and what we’re learning. As such, we welcome comments and questions from readers (you).

We conducted a total of 61 in-depth interviews and 260 survey responses for qualitative and quantitative analysis. Our surveys, carried out first, focused on high-level broadly comparable information, including basic demographic information, models of and costs phones, plans and software used by participants, purchasing and use behavior, travel and employment. We used interviews to draw out the possible reasons for the behavioral and social patterns we identified in the surveys. Here are the team members for this project.

Joyojeet Pal: Joyojeet is the project Principal Investigator and directs the efforts of the team.He is a professor here at the School of Information.

Maura YoungmanMaura is doing her MSI at the School of Information and has a background and experience in investigative journalism. This summer she conducted research for the project in Kigali, Rwanda. 

Aysha SiddiqueAysha is is doing her MSI at the School of Information and her work focuses on user experience and IT in development. This summer she conducted research for the project in Kerala, India. 

Jasmine Jones:Jasmine is a UMSI PhD candidate whose research focuses on human-computer interaction, particularly in the context of academically neglected or socially marginalized communities. This summer she conducted research for our project in Freetown, Sierra Leone. 

Ji Hye Song Ji Hye is is doing her MSI at the School of Information and work focuses on user experience and accessibility. This summer she conducted research for the project in Seoul, South Korea. 

Terence O’NeillTerrence is a graduate of the UMSI master program, and is the entrepreneurship librarian for Michigan State University. This summer he conducted research for the project in Malawi. The Malawi research is hosted here

Ludmila FerrariLudmilla is a PhD candidate in Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan. This summer she conducted research for the project in Costa Rica. 

Will Strayer Will is is doing his MSI at the School of Information and his work focuses on the economic impact of IT systems and knowledge sharing. This summer he conducted research for the project in Mumbai, India.

Priyank Chandra: Priyank is a PhD student at UMSI and worked on the data for the project. 

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