Developing Technologies that Enable Individuals with Disabilities: A Unique Design Experience

Nina Robson
2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings   unpublished
People with disabilities encounter a significant number of barriers and challenges, including lack of employment opportunities and access to adequate facilities. Today, over 60% of people with disabilities do not have jobs. Lack of awareness about the challenges faced by persons with disabilities still is a considerable concern. In an effort to ease some of those challenges, a semester long team design project has been introduced, to encourage the students to develop technologies that can
more » ... gies that can empower people with disabilities to overcome barriers to employment. The students are challenged to design the assistive device in direct collaboration with a particular person who is disabled, a physical therapist at the local hospital, as well as with the disability services at Texas A&M University.
doi:10.18260/1-2--17743 fatcat:jfmzvbe2sjay7bljewe5cifiim