Beneficial Designs, Inc.
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Advancement of Cognitive Technologies
Technology, whether it is in a computer or a toaster, holds great promise to improve the lives of people with cognitive impairment. The set of standards being developed by this project will encourage design for varying cognitive needs; the development of an Ease-of-Use Reporting System will allow for informed consumer choices.
Many consumer products or specific
features within them serve as memory aids, organizers, and
facilitators of social life. Our lives are full of cognitive
aids, though many are not intentionally designed for people
with cognitive impairment. Identifying the specific features
needed by those who have the most challenges with learning,
memory, and meaning will improve design for everybody.
What products will we work with?
Whom do we specifically seek to help with these standards and reports?
Visit the Cognitive Accessibility Facebook page. You can share your ideas about making technology easier to use and see the latest news stories about technologies for people with cognitive impairment.
This project will:
What are Standards?
define design features for a product. Universal design for
differing physical abilities is, for example, made possible
by standards for buildings, street curbs, and web pages.
Basic groundwork is needed to identify design issues that
have implications for people with cognitive impairment.
This work is a component of this
project. We plan
to identify these features, draft technical standards for
designers and manufacturers, and promote their adoption.
RESNA Assistive Technology Standards Committees are open to anyone that is interested in providing input into the standards development process. Each committee is required to have balanced participation by consumers, prescribers, clinicians, manufacturers, etc. All perspectives are welcomed and encouraged, including family members, caregivers, teachers, vendors, dealers, insurance providers, consumer groups, government organization representatives, etc. To participate in the RESNA Standards Committee on Cognitive Technology, please fill out and submit the RESNA-CT Membership Form.
What is the Ease-of-Use Reporting System?
The Ease-of-Use Reporting System will identify key product features and report their level of complexity.
The report for cell phones, for example, could indicate the number of available commands. A simple phone that calls a small number of pre-programmed numbers might receive five stars or an “A” report. A top-selling smart phone loaded with numerous applications might receive less stars or a “C” or “D” report for this feature.
Additional reports on cell phones could address the number of application layers, the number of program modes, the ease of error correction, the types of icons, the text size in the display, the display contrast, and the button size. The Ease-of-Use Reporting System could also be applied to a specific cell phone application.
Identifying features needed by people with cognitive impairment will help manufacturers design for a larger market. Other benefits include:
The Development of Uniform Standards for Cognitive Technologies project is part of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for the Advancement of Cognitive Technologies (RERC-ACT) awarded to the University of Colorado Denver. For more information on the RERC-ACT, please visit www.rerc-act.org
Development of Uniform Standards for Cognitive Technologies is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research under the US Department of Education, Grant #H133E090003 and the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities.