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Two persons with multiple disabilities use orientation technology with auditory cues to manage simple indoor traveling

Authors
Journal
Research in Developmental Disabilities
0891-4222
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
31
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.ridd.2009.10.002
Keywords
  • Orientation Technology
  • Auditory Cues
  • Indoor Traveling
  • Travel Speed
  • Multiple Disabilities

Abstract

Abstract This study was an effort to extend the evaluation of orientation technology for promoting independent indoor traveling in persons with multiple disabilities. Two participants (adults) were included, who were to travel to activity destinations within occupational settings. The orientation system involved (a) cueing sources only at the destinations (i.e., a single sound source per destination), (b) a newly developed electronic control device that allowed the participants to easily manage the activation of the sources at the destinations, and (c) the provision of approval or encouragement messages. Both participants were successful in using the system and performed their travels to the destinations fairly correctly and in relatively short amounts of time within (a) the occupational setting used for the intervention and (b) a similar occupational setting used for checking generalization effects. The findings are discussed in relation to the importance of independent indoor traveling and the impact of the new technology.

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