Greg McGrew, MEBME
Patricia Heyn, PhD
Shelly Elfner, MS, CCC-SLP
Brian Burne, MSM, OTR
Michael Melonis, BS
The focus of Assistive Technology Partners (ATP) mission and the priority of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) sub-grant is to develop and test technology, interfaces and processes that target disabilities which have received less attention in prior research. As a result, ATP is evaluating the usability and accessibility of tablet technology used in an innovative manner to facilitate voting for 30 adults with cognitive disabilities and seniors with disabilities living in group residential facilities in the City and County of Denver.
Americans with disabilities face many obstacles to voting including physical, cultural, economic, educational and political barriers. Assistive Technology Partners (ATP), University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, supports this effort through our work addressing the technology needs of people with disabilities. ATP has the opportunity to research issues related to voting accessibility through the application of innovative technology for people with disabilities and seniors. This project addresses a critical need to acquire evidence-based data and information on the experiences of people with disabilities, particularly those with cognitive disabilities, when they participate in the voting process.
Funding for this project was provided by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), Grant # 2012003