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iSTEP 2013: Exploring the Feasibility and Suitability of Assistive Technology at the Mathru Center for Differently-Abled

Shree Lakshmi Rao, Aveed Sheikh, Avia Weinstein, Aditya Kodkany, Madeleine Clute, Madelyn Gioffre, Poornima Kaniarasu, Vivek Nair, Ermine A. Teves, Mary Beatrice Dias and M Bernardine Dias
Tech. Report, CMU-RI-TR-16-31, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, June, 2016

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Abstract

The use of assistive technology has been found to enhance the educational experience of disabled students and improve their learning outcomes. In low-income countries, however, finding inexpensive and sustainable assistive technology is a challenge. This report outlines key findings pertaining to a comprehensive needs assessment undertaken at the Mathru Center for Differently-Abled as part of the iSTEP 2013 internship program, organized by the TechBridgeWorld research group at Carnegie Mellon University. The objective of this study was to understand whether and how assistive technology could be used to enhance the learning and teaching experiences of students and teachers at the Mathru Center for Differently Abled. Researchers interviewed teachers and staff, conducted observations of critical activities at the center both inside and outside classroom, elicited opinions of a local special education expert, and administered participatory design experiments with teachers and affinity matching with students. Results indicate that there are indeed possible technology interventions that could benefit the students and teachers at the Mathru Center through reducing the workload of teachers and enhancing the educational experience of students. The report concludes with a discussion of possible technology solutions appropriate to suit the needs of the Mathru Center and a set of recommendations for the next iSTEP assistive technology research projects with the Mathru Center.

BibTeX Reference
@techreport{Rao-2016-5545,
author = {Shree Lakshmi Rao and Aveed Sheikh and Avia Weinstein and Aditya Kodkany and Madeleine Clute and Madelyn Gioffre and Poornima Kaniarasu and Vivek Nair and Ermine A. Teves and Mary Beatrice Dias and M Bernardine Dias},
title = {iSTEP 2013: Exploring the Feasibility and Suitability of Assistive Technology at the Mathru Center for Differently-Abled},
year = {2016},
month = {June},
institution = {Carnegie Mellon University},
address = {Pittsburgh, PA},
number = {CMU-RI-TR-16-31},
}
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