Multiple studies have shown a consistently strong association between gait speed of frail older adults and negative functional (e.g., survival) and activity outcomes. However, health care professionals have been slow to measure this physiologic parameter, largely due to the lack of a simple, standardized way of measuring it.
The needs and abilities of people who are aging with progressive chronic conditions, such as MS, Parkinson's, ALS and Arthritis fluctuate from day to day. Yet, even when they have supportive AT, such as grab bars, to compensate for functional limitations, those features are fixed, only able to support some abilities, some of the time. The purpose of this project is to develop a SmartBathroom environment capable of assessing an individual's abilities at any point in time and spontaneously adjusting supportive environmental features to accommodate those abilities.
The Wireless RERC Building Research Capacity Project is tasked with training the next generation designer to consider universal design in their work. The sophomore Industrial Design Studio course was chosen to provide design students with an advanced design understanding. In this course, the students had the opportunity to work with people with mobility impairments to understand their needs and consider these needs alongside other people's needs, thus providing a more universally usable solution. Of 14 teams, 6 were chosen to highlight their work at the HEAL showcase.
The overall purpose of the Wireless RERC AppFactory is to advance universal design in the wireless community. The objectives of this project are development, deployment, and adoption of software applications (“apps”) to enhance the utility and usability of wireless products and services for wireless customers with and without disabilities.
App Factory will focus on assisting the development of apps designed specifically to address barriers to wireless access and use by people with cognitive, physical, sensory, and/or speech disabilities. Wherever practical, these apps incorporate features useful to all customers, with or without disabilities.
Bluetooth enabled external alerting device connects to mobile phones via Bluetooth and alerts the user with a sequenced light display and a siren only when a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) is received on an associated phone. It also allows up to 3 accessible attachments to be connected to the device, such as a pillow shaker, bed shaker or strobe light. The device is unique because it is only enabled when a WEA message from a FEMA approved alert authority is sent for the geotargeted area.