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The Impact of Spinal Cord Injury on Participation in Human-Centered Research


Conference paper


Kazi Sinthia Kabir, Ahmad Alsaleem, Jason Wiese
Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2021, Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 2021, pp. 1902–1914


Individuals with spinal cord injuries (SCI) can have multiple cognitive and physical disabilities because of their injury. Appropriately-designed technology can be empowering and transformative for this population. Unfortunately, just like most technologies, user-centered research methods do not directly account for differing motor and communication abilities. This paper synthesizes SCI literature and leverages our own experiences in three research projects spanning five years with SCI users to highlight significant challenges that HCI researchers might face while employing user-centered methods with this population; communication disabilities, motor disabilities, and difficult contextual or environmental factors can make it difficult or impossible to use standard HCI methods when working with SCI users. We conclude with a set of guidelines and challenges for the HCI community to consider, which can be used both when evaluating papers that work with this population, and to fuel development of new methods or approaches that better-serve them.

Cite

APA
Kabir, K. S., Alsaleem, A., & Wiese, J. (2021). The Impact of Spinal Cord Injury on Participation in Human-Centered Research. In Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2021 (pp. 1902–1914). New York, NY, USA: Association for Computing Machinery.

Chicago/Turabian
Kabir, Kazi Sinthia, Ahmad Alsaleem, and Jason Wiese. “The Impact of Spinal Cord Injury on Participation in Human-Centered Research.” In Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2021, 1902–1914. New York, NY, USA: Association for Computing Machinery, 2021.

MLA
Kabir, Kazi Sinthia, et al. “The Impact of Spinal Cord Injury on Participation in Human-Centered Research.” Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2021, Association for Computing Machinery, 2021, pp. 1902–14.