Standards for governing accessibility in software systems were established over two decades ago, yet poor compliance continues to pose challenges for the individuals dependent on these systems. This project seeks to understand the relationship between compliance, awareness and attitudes of accessibility within the software development community.By understanding why software systems are not accessible, we can […]
For many people living with ASD, remembering detailed schedules can be challenging. However, the static representations of those schedules that are normally used as supports do not represent the dynamic nature of life. A well planned day can be disrupted by a late bus or cancelled work. ActivityCoach is a mobile application that provides dynamic […]
A model for knowledge sharing that is open, interactive, draws on diverse expertise and experience, and builds a searchable information repository that can be used by multiple communities and organizations.
How have personal ads changed in the last 30 years, and how has the HIV/AIDS crisis influenced these changes? We found that the percentage of ads using sexual health-related language has increased from 23% in 1988 to 53% today, and that use of sexual health-related language in locations correlates with HIV prevalence rates.
Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often demonstrate impairments in social skills. Social skills training is an effective way to develop age and functioning-level social skills to be used in a variety of situations. One successful curriculum that is currently in use in schools for teaching social skills to students with ASD is the Social Compass.
The goal of WellConnect is to improve mental health services for low-income urban youth by increasing this population’s awareness of their own mental health. Smartphones grant opportunity for improved care. Through the use of smart phones, the individuals will be able to monitor their daily activities.
Nonvisual computer interaction has largely centered around a keyboard input and audio output paradigm. Dependency on audio as the primary form of information consumption, risks cognitive overload for the indviduals that use these interfaces. This project explores novel ways of communicating these audio only outputs through nonvisual and nonauditory modalities. Establishing new multimodal ways to […]
Project: Visual schedules and choice boards are tools used in current best practices for helping children with autism and other special needs. These non-verbal kids need help communicating their choices, understanding time and activities, and so on. We are working with Windows SmartPhone, Linux small displays, and large touchscreen-enabled platforms to develop solutions that ease […]
In social media movements people use social media platforms to coordinate, communicate, and collaboratively further social justice goals. Social media sites enable spreading of information and awareness during social movements, both about in-person events and to share information more broadly. However, the reach of a social movement depends on information spreading to people who are […]
Individuals with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders often experience sensory perception impairments, which can lead to challenges such as sensitivity to loud noises or irritation from specific textures on their skin. Atypical movement, such as rocking, can be exhibited as compensation for this sensory perception impairment. Currently, therapists use dance therapy to stimulate the various […]