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ERIC Number: EJ884366
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-1938-727X
Campus Community Partnerships with People Who Are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing
Matteson, Jamie; Kha, Christine K.; Hu, Diane J.; Cheng, Chih-Chieh; Saul, Lawrence; Sadler, Georgia Robins
Assistive Technology Outcomes and Benefits, v5 n1 p29-44 Fall 2008
In 1997, the Moores University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Cancer Center and advocacy groups for people who are deaf and hard of hearing launched a highly hearing, successful cancer control collaborative. In 2006, faculty from the Computer Science Department at UCSD invited the collaborative to help develop a new track in their doctoral program. This track would train computer scientists to be culturally competent when working with people who have hearing and visual challenges, with the ultimate goal of developing assistive living devices that would be welcomed by, and useful to, the anticipated end users. Faculty and students began developing ideas for technological advances that were anticipated to benefit people who are deaf and hard-of-hearing. Computer science graduate students and faculty worked with the medical school faculty, staff, and undergraduates to design culturally competent focus groups for people who were deaf and hard-of-hearing. The focus groups were designed to gather opinions of these presumed end users about three, very promising ideas for assistive listening devices. The result was a productive interchange between the computer science team and focus group members. The insights garnered have subsequently been used to refine the three devices. This paper provides an overview of how computer science students were trained to present their technological innovations to people who are deaf and hard-of-hearing and to gain feedback on how their devices might best serve them. (Contains 6 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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