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To Integrate or Not? A case study of complex assistive technology for locked-in syndrome

Session 
5.3b
Practice Report
  • Jane Bache
  • Marc Viera
  • Dante Rossi
  • Gerard Cullen
  • Neera Senghani
  • Gary Derwent
Summary

This presentation will examine a case study of a single adult female patient with locked-in syndrome. M uses eye-gaze, head switches, finger switches and chin joysticks to access communication, computers and the internet, environmental control and powered mobility. M's system has developed continually throughout more than a year of in-patient rehabilitation. The presentation will illustrate the final systems chosen and discuss the issues and decisions behind the choices, focusing on whether it is more beneficial to fully integrate all systems or to have different systems at different times for different purposes. 

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