Performance-based functional assessment: An algorithm for measuring physical capabilities

Kathleen J. Price, Andrew Sears

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Abstract

The description of users with motor limitations is a significant dilemma for accessibility researchers and system designers alike. Current practice is to use descriptors such as medical diagnoses to represent a person's physical capabilities. This solution is not adequate due to similarities in functional capabilities between diagnoses as well as differences in capabilities within a diagnosis. An alternative is user self-reporting or observation by another person. These solutions are also problematic because they rely on individual interpretation of capabilities. The current research focuses on defining an objective, quantitative and repeatable methodology for assessing a person's physical capabilities in relation to use of computer technology. Results from this initial study are encouraging, including the development of a model which accounts for up to 85% of the variance in user capabilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASSETS'08
Subtitle of host publication10th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility
Pages217-224
Number of pages8
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008
Event10th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS'08 - Halifax, NS, Canada
Duration: Oct 13 2008Oct 15 2008

Publication series

NameASSETS'08: The 10th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility

Other

Other10th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS'08
CountryCanada
CityHalifax, NS
Period10/13/0810/15/08

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems
  • Software

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    Price, K. J., & Sears, A. (2008). Performance-based functional assessment: An algorithm for measuring physical capabilities. In ASSETS'08: 10th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (pp. 217-224). (ASSETS'08: The 10th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility). https://doi.org/10.1145/1414471.1414511