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Title:"Nothing For Us Without Us" - A Look into Technological Innovations Aiming to Aid People with Physical Disabilities at the University of Illinois
Author(s):Lipa, Karen
Subject(s):disability
handicapped
engineering
technology
empathic modeling
design
Intelliwheels
Illinois Prosthetics Technologies
Abstract:This paper explores recent technological innovations for people with disabilities that have emerged from the University of Illinois. My research has led me to examine several different models for coming up with and developing a design that incorporate the user (a person with a disability) at different stages in the design process. This paper aims to answer the question of which method is most efficient and best provides for the needs and wants of people with disabilities, and finds that there is no "one size fits all" standard that would work best in all situations, but that there are some things the university could put into place in order to foster further growth and innovation in this field.
Issue Date:2012
Series/Report:English 199/CHP; Spring 2012
Instructor, Catherine Prendergast
Genre:Essay
Type:Text
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/32113
Publication Status:unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS:2012-07-04


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