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Cognitive Curbcuts to Web 2.0: Accessible Calendaring with Picture Planner Tom Keating, Ph.D. Cognitopia Software, LLC NCTI Washington, DC 2009.

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1 Cognitive Curbcuts to Web 2.0: Accessible Calendaring with Picture Planner Tom Keating, Ph.D. Cognitopia Software, LLC NCTI Washington, DC 2009

2 Session Outline Review of Picture Planner 2.0 Desktop and Handheld applications New features coming in version 2.5 Cognitive Curbcuts: Web 2.0 access

3 Background and Development Goals 1. Development grounded in direct experience. 2. Understanding elements of interface design that enhance cognitive accessibility. 3. Research on implementation and impact of information technology use 4. Design of innovative life skills software applications to enable persons with cognitive disabilities to manage various aspects of daily life. 5. Design for two end user groups: individuals with cognitive disabilities and instructional assistants/caregivers, with goal of avoiding technology abandonment.

4 Designing for Cognitive Accessibility All single click operation Clean interface with limited controls Tri-modal icons: graphic, text, TTS Customizable icons: photos, symbols Hub and spokes navigation vs. webbed Management of graphic transitions Metacognitive design approach Social connectability potential Intelligent features

5 Multi-User Login

6 Week View Gradient shaded rows Limited set of tri-modal tool buttons Familiar media type controls

7 Activity Builder Meta- cognitive steps 4 viewable details unlimited additions 8 printable

8 Activity Builder Filter by life area Enter new items on the fly with onscreen keyboard

9 Onscreen Keyboard Pronunciation confirmation box Enables text entry for kiosk format and dwell software (no scanning…yet)

10 Activity Builder

11 Day View list view by duration (5 minute minimum) one row of key info (expandable) home button

12 When details

13 Persistent Pop-Up Reminders

14 Month View

15 Print Dialog

16 Admin Tools

17 Group Scheduling

18 User Settings spoken name security code TTS icon sharing kiosk mode reminder dismiss group identity add/change user photo pick background colors

19 Change Icons

20 Edit Icon Details

21 Backup and Exporting Utility

22 Windows Mobile Device Desktop

23 Daily Schedule View

24 Activity Viewer

25 Week View

26 Implementation Research Students aged with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities such as mental retardation, autism, traumatic brain injury, as well as students with cerebral palsy and learning disabilities (N= 28) Two secondary school community transition/apartment living skills programs: - One large urban school district - One mid-size district 5 point rating of level of prompting needed for user actions required to schedule a complex activity

27 Findings Surprising levels of independent skill: 54% independence with 8 weeks of 1/2 hour instruction. (verbal reminders only for activity details; Range: %) Independence is great but not the Holy Grail: Software design should address staff support factors (e.g. level of skill, assisted use, usability) Accessible software applications can be important tools for development of self- management and self-determination (choices = control)

28 Findings The gap between available technology and its implementation is significant and formidable. Has to be easy to use for changing staff. There are implementation challenges with even the seemingly simplest of technologies; e.g. awareness, staff training, community settings, technical support. Again, has to be easy to use with minimal setup. Time and schedule management are central to life skills because theyre key to intensity of supports, vocational success, and level of independence in adult settings.

29 New Features in PP 2.5 Auto-completion of new activities based on prior similar events Usage reporting to document application use, activities scheduled and completed to support IEP goals and documentation Expanded customization options Review mode similar to handheld slideshow prompting mode Completion indicators allow user to mark activities as completed Augmented text-to-speech features Activity notes allow addition of supplementary information Pocket PP uses longer spoken labels Web 2.0/Social networking: Shared calendar information and social networking features And soon… Context aware reminding: Smart activity and task prompting based on user activity and location.

30 Smart Tab Shows Prior Events collected prior events

31 Autofill and Modify

32 Expanded User Settings usage data for IEP progress documentation reminder settings Simple backup & restore

33 Customizable Content Filters

34 Column Display Options

35 Add Supplemental Info click to add text note

36 Info Notes with TTS

37 Review Mode Provides slideshow prompting view click here for full Activity view mark as complete

38 Completion Indicators

39 Day View with Completion

40 Week View with Completed Events

41 Pocket Picture Planner Update

42 Web 2.0: Social Information Networking Information retrieval vs. information sharing Circle of friends 2.0 Leverages existing social relationships, regardless of location Offers inclusion in lives of family and friends Provides avenue for support Cool factor

43 Enabling Web 2.0 with Google Sync

44 PP Events on Google Calendar

45 Benefits and Limits Two-way data flow provides cognitively accessible portal, an internet curbcut Operates only from desktop; has to go mobile Google is powerful and flexible but text-based Not quite ready for prime time, but very soon

46 Next? Self Management and Context Aware Prompting

47 Next Steps Web-based applications More mobile device options Self-management component Integration with residential support technologies for self-management and caregiver assistance Additional social networking tie-ins, e.g. Facebook status updates

48 Further Information Visit us in Booth 221 Acknowledgements: Development of Picture Planner was supported in part by funding through the US Department of Education National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and Office of Special Education Programs

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