ENABLING A MAN WITH MULTIPLE DISABILITIES AND LIMITED MOTOR BEHAVIOR TO PERFORM A FUNCTIONAL TASK WITH HELP OF MICROSWITCH TECHNOLOGY1

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Abstract

This study evaluated the extent to which two microswitches used as interfaces would enable a man with multiple disabilities and limited motor behavior to operate an electric door opener at the entrance of the day center that he attended. Analysis showed the man (a) learned to use the two microswitches, (b) preferred the microswitch placed at his wheelchair's footrest (which also allowed more effective responding) over the microswitch placed at his wheelchair's armrest, and (c) maintained his positive performance at the 1- and 2-mo. postintervention checks. The results were discussed from a technical and practical standpoint and in terms of implications for the quality of life of persons with disabilities.

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