Nia Monteiro, OT/S

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Despite an increase in smartphone device ownership, current research has shown that smartphones continue to be underutilized by individuals with disabilities because of barriers such as the inability to complete complex gestures, inexperience using accessibility features, lack of training and support, and more. Data from a survey created by the Global Accessibility Reporting Initiative (GARI), received from over 12,500 participants, identified a desire for more information on locating, activating, and using accessibility features on devices. This doctoral project's objective was to create a client-centered educational training program that teaches individuals with disabilities how to use the accessibility features on their smartphone devices effectively and efficiently. Individuals were recruited for client-centered training from a research study conducted by The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Wireless Technologies at the University of Pittsburgh. Their project includes the development of a mobile device assessment tool (MoDAT). The MoDAT is being developed to evaluate how effectively and efficiently an individual who has disabilities is using their mobile device. The participants’ motor and cognitive functions will be assessed using the app, and personal recommendations will be provided for device setup, configuration, and accessibility settings use.

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Andrea D. Fairman, Ph.D., MOT, OTR/L, ATP, DRP

Academic Discipline

College of Health & Wellness



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