Control of Virtual Environments for People with Intellectual Disabilities [chapter]

P. J. Standen, T. L. Lannen, D. J. Brown
2002 Universal Access and Assistive Technology  
As part of the process to design a device that would enable users with intellectual disabilities to navigate through virtual environments, an earlier study had collected baseline data against which to evaluate prototype design solutions. This study describes the evaluation of three design solutions: two modifications to a standard games joystick and a two handed device. Evaluation data were collected while 22 people with intellectual disabilities worked through four VE designed using a games
more » ... ed using a games format. None of the prototypes gave significantly improved performance over the standard joystick and some actually led to the user receiving more help from the tutor to use the device. This difference was significant for the two handed device in all four games. However there was considerable variation in results such that with some devices there was a reduction in the variability of scores between individuals. Future research needs to focus on the design of environments and how best to match the user with the device.
doi:10.1007/978-1-4471-3719-1_7 fatcat:lghcyrbcafa75nadk7foc4ib2a