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Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Assistive Technology: A Communication Board Case Study

  • Foad Hamidi
  • Melanie Baljko
  • Toni Kunic
  • Ray Feraday
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8548)

Abstract

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) and open design approaches allow for the development of customized, affordable assistive technologies. Freely shared designs and software components open doors for new ways to create and to share technology, representing an approach that has the potential to be more efficient, affordable, and effective than commercial approaches to Assistive Technology development and deployment. In this paper, we present a case study of how these methods have been used to develop a DIY, open-source Speech-Generating Device.

Keywords

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Open-Source Hardware Open Design Communication Boards SGDs Assistive Technology 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Foad Hamidi
    • 1
  • Melanie Baljko
    • 1
  • Toni Kunic
    • 1
  • Ray Feraday
    • 2
  1. 1.GaMaY Lab, Lassonde School of EngineeringYork UniversityTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Toronto Catholic District School BoardTorontoCanada

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