The Accessibility User Research Collective (AURC) is looking for people who use assistive technology to take part in a research project being conducted by Microsoft. Assistive technology (AT) is a general term that describes tools used by people with disabilities to accomplish tasks. AT can be hardware like adaptive mice, keyboards, or other input methods to control technology devices. AT can also be software like screen magnifiers, screen readers, and other tools. The goal of this study is to learn about and map the AT user experience. Researchers want to better understand the accessibility and usability needs and interests of people that use assistive technology.
To be eligible you must:
Use assistive technology
Have a disability (e.g., vision, hearing, cognitive, mobility/dexterity)
Be 18 years of age or older
Prefer English for reading and writing or use American Sign Language (ASL)
Be a member of the Accessibility User Research Collective (AURC)
As a participant, in this study you will be asked to answer questions via an online survey which will include questions that will help researchers to get to know you and about your general technology use. You will also be asked questions about your experience using AT from the point of knowing you want or need assistive technology to using AT and then deciding you want or need new AT.
Participation in this study will take about 30 minutes. All participants who provide their email address at the end of this questionnaire will be included in a drawing for one of 20 $25 Amazon gift cards. To begin the survey please click on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AURC63
The Accessibility User Research Collective (AURC) is a national community of people with all types of disabilities interested in helping make technology more accessible and usable. The AURC is organized and maintained by assistive technology researchers at Shepherd Center.
To learn more about and join the AURC, please visit: www.accessibilityuserresearchcollective.org
ABOUT SHEPHERD CENTER
Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neuromuscular conditions.
Interested? Questions? Please contact Nicole Thompson at AURC@shepherd.org.