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Mobiles as Assistive Technology


Mobile phone icon creative commons image (credit Frédéric Bellaiche)

This project considers the role of mobile phones as assistive technology in low- and middle-income countries. The first round of research has been carried out in India and some of the major elements of research include gender differences in access to mobile technology, use of features such as recorders, GPS, and social media. The broader goal of the study is to understand ways in which mobile phones are emerging as an important, and often primary form of assistive technology for people with vision impairments. Research from this project will be presented at the Cell and Self conference.

Related research also includes an examination into individuals’ preferences on screen reading technology conducted with Ted McCarthy (since 2012 at the University of Washington) and Ed Cutrell at Microsoft Research India. This work is available here.

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