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Authors: Ana Marta Amaral de Carvalho 1 ; Alireza Asvadi 1 ; Carlos Carona 2 ; Ana Lopes 1 and Urbano Nunes 1

Affiliations: 1 University of Coimbra, Portugal ; 2 Coimbra Cerebral Palsy Association; Cognitive and Behavioural Center for Research and Intervention - University of Coimbra, Portugal

Keyword(s): Cerebral Palsy, Mobility, Accessibility, Safety, Powered Wheelchair, Improvement, Assistive Navigation.

Related Ontology Subjects/Areas/Topics: Biomedical Engineering ; Development of Assistive Technology ; Health Information Systems ; Human-Machine Interfaces for Disabled Persons ; Practice-based Research Methods for Healthcare IT

Abstract: This research characterizes mobility, accessibility and safety of individuals with severe motor impairment such as users suffering from Cerebral Palsy (CP). Through the analysis of enabling factors, constraints associated and the search of possible improvements, it is possible to identify the needs in these fields and subsequently develop strategies accordingly. The sample was collected in Coimbra Cerebral Palsy Association (APCC) and it included 16 individuals with CP. To these individuals we gave an evaluation protocol with a form with clinical and sociodemographic data and a questionnaire. The main limiting factors include building/vehicle access, difficulty in reverse drive and lack of safety. The most valued features of a powered wheelchair are comfort and structure, easy navigation and wheelchair control and safety. The lack of safety in the outdoors was a relevant limiting factor. Almost all individuals requested improvements of the powered wheelchair. The most requested impro vements were safety related or related with navigation problems. An assistive navigation solution based on a shared control algorithm is presented, where a powered wheelchair is equipped with the Kinect sensor, in order to help the user maneuvering the wheelchair safely. (More)


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Amaral de Carvalho, A.; Asvadi, A.; Carona, C.; Lopes, A. and Nunes, U. (2015). Mobility, Accessibility and Safety of People with Cerebral Palsy. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics - HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2015) ISBN 978-989-758-068-0; ISSN 2184-4305, SciTePress, pages 268-275. DOI: 10.5220/0005185502680275

author={Ana Marta {Amaral de Carvalho}. and Alireza Asvadi. and Carlos Carona. and Ana Lopes. and Urbano Nunes.},
title={Mobility, Accessibility and Safety of People with Cerebral Palsy},
booktitle={Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics - HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2015)},


JO - Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics - HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2015)
TI - Mobility, Accessibility and Safety of People with Cerebral Palsy
SN - 978-989-758-068-0
IS - 2184-4305
AU - Amaral de Carvalho, A.
AU - Asvadi, A.
AU - Carona, C.
AU - Lopes, A.
AU - Nunes, U.
PY - 2015
SP - 268
EP - 275
DO - 10.5220/0005185502680275
PB - SciTePress