Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Assistive Technology: A Communication Board Case Study.

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Hamidi F., Baljko M., Kunic T., Feraday R. (2014) Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Assistive Technology: A Communication Board Case Study. In: Miesenberger K., Fels D., Archambault D., Peňáz P., Zagler W. (eds) Computers Helping People with Special Needs. ICCHP 2014. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 8548. Springer, Cham.


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Do-It-Yourself (DIY) and open design approaches allow for the development of customized, affordable assistive technologies. Freely shared designs and software components open doors for new ways to create and to share technology, representing an approach that has the potential to be more efficient, affordable, and effective than commercial approaches to Assistive Technology development and deployment. In this paper, we present a case study of how these methods have been used to develop a DIY, open-source Speech-Generating Device.