Z2024- Assistive Technology for Cerebral Palsy


Andres Caceres

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Athetoid Cerebral Palsy (ACP) is one of the three forms of Cerebral Palsy (CP), characterized by involuntary and uncontrolled movements resulting from damage to the developing brain. Common motor conditions associated with ACP include spasticity, dyskinesia, ataxia, and challenges in daily life; particularly oral communication. The objective of this project is to design a personalized secondary communication device compatible with a motorized wheelchair. The 39-year-old client, diagnosed with ACP with ataxia and dysphagia, relies on an eye-tracking device called Tobbi Dynavox™ as their primary means of communication. While effective, this device is dependent on the wheelchair for power and is not versatile in all situations. The client's secondary communication method involves a communication board, which is held by an interpreter and positioned in front of her face. Although cost-effective, this method infringes on the client's personal space and often results in a slow communication process. Empower Eng at JWU is developing an affordable device to enhance eye-gazing communication. This innovative solution securely attaches an upgraded communication board to the patient's chair, providing adaptability and enabling effective communication while respecting the patient's personal space. The goal is to overcome financial barriers that often limit access to assistive communication devices by creating a device targeted to be a fraction of the cost of more advanced systems.

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Nicole Urban, Ph.D.

Academic Discipline

College of Engineering & Design

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