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Citation:  Lancioni, Giulio E.; Singh, Nirbhay N.; O’Reilly, Mark F.; Sigafoos, Jeff; Boccasini, Adele; Perilli, Viviana; & Spagnuolo, Carmen (2017). Persons with multiple disabilities manage positive leisure and communication engagement through a technology-aided program. International Journal of Developmental Disabilities, 63 (3), 148-157.
Title:  Persons with multiple disabilities manage positive leisure and communication engagement through a technology-aided program
Authors:  Lancioni, Giulio E.; Singh, Nirbhay N.; O’Reilly, Mark F.; Sigafoos, Jeff; Boccasini, Adele; Perilli, Viviana; & Spagnuolo, Carmen
Year:  2017
Journal/Publication:  International Journal of Developmental Disabilities
Publisher:  Taylor & Francis Group
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1080/20473869.2016.1187462
Full text:  https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/20473869.2016.1187462?...   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Yes

Structured abstract:

Purpose:  Assessing the use of a technology-aided program, the authors aimed to find out if that program would assist people with multiple disabilities in independent leisure engagement and communication with distant partners. To do this, they studied the program usage of nine participants.
Data collection and analysis:  The program that the authors examined was a computer system that presents different leisure and communication options (e.g. songs, comedy videos, and text messages), as well as a microswitch that allowed the participants to choose among the options. The options for each participant were based on their own individual interests. Using an ABAB design, the effects of the programs were assessed.
Findings:  Without the program participants did not achieve access of the various leisure and communication options. However, with the use of the program all nine participants were successful in accessing the options and were able to remain engaged with the options for 80-90% of the session.
Conclusions:  The use of a technology-aided program that is set to the participant’s individual needs can be an extremely valuable resource for their own leisure and communication engagement.

Disabilities served:  Multiple disabilities
Interventions:  Accommodations
Assistive technology