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Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine

The University of Alberta is home to North America’s only free-standing Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine. We are a world class post-secondary institution and provide academic leadership and training in rehabilitation science, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language pathology, balancing our activities among learning, discovery and citizenship (including clinical practice). A research leader in musculoskeletal health, spinal cord injuries, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, chronic pain management, seniors health, and the application of information and communication technologies to support community care; we are the destination of choice for rehabilitation professionals, researchers, students and scientists.
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  1. Universal Playgrounds: A scoping review of the effectiveness of universal playgrounds at addressing environmental barriers for children with disabilities [Download]

    Title: Universal Playgrounds: A scoping review of the effectiveness of universal playgrounds at addressing environmental barriers for children with disabilities
    Creator: Boucher, Leah
    Description: Background. Children with disabilities experience barriers in their daily lives, including at the playground. Current guidelines and policies for universally-­‐designed playgrounds are inconsistent and not being implemented, resulting in injustice for children with disabilities. Purpose. To discover evidence regarding the effectiveness of universal playgrounds in addressing difficulties faced by children with disabilities in their daily lives. Methods. A scoping review discovered relevant literature regarding universal playgrounds and current issues regarding lack of accessibility, usability, and inclusiveness. To achieve the study objective, a critical review of the literature was also undertaken to evaluate methodological quality of relevant outcome studies. Thematic analysis identified main issues of current playgrounds. Findings. Of the seven studies meeting the inclusion/exclusion criteria, one was rated as “weak evidence, three as “moderate”, and three as “strong”. Such results allow for adequate suggestions to be made regarding universal design of playgrounds. Four major themes emerged: playground inaccessibility due to environmental factors, playground non-­‐usability due to design and structures, assistance as a prerequisite for children with disabilities to access and use the facility, and a lack of free play and peer interactions due to physical barriers. Conclusion. The necessity of universal playgrounds is recognized but has not been researched. Occupational therapists are in an ideal position to educate, collaborate, and advocate for children’s occupational right to access, use, and be included in the playground environment.
    Subjects: occupational therapy, universal playgrounds, environmental barriers, children with disabilities
    Date Created: 2016/5/20
  2. An exploratory study of children's pretend play when using a switch-controlled assistive robot to manipulate toys [Download]

    Title: An exploratory study of children's pretend play when using a switch-controlled assistive robot to manipulate toys
    Creator: Adams, K.
    Subjects: Robotics, Rehabilitation, Assistive Technology
  3. Redliner Poster Hong Kong Expo Zohreh [Download]

    Title: Redliner Poster Hong Kong Expo Zohreh
    Creator: Zohreh Salimi
    Description: Poster for Redliner Ver 2 testing presented at Hong Kong Expo 2016 (virtual conference)
    Subjects: Validation Testing Redliner Ver 2 Poster
    Date Created: 2016/8/3
  4. Framework For An ‘Open Laboratory’ Sandbox [Download]

    Title: Framework For An ‘Open Laboratory’ Sandbox
    Creator: Grange, S.
    Description: Ensuring International Collaboration with Data Protection
    Subjects: Matlab, Data Management, LabView, International Collaboration
    Date Created: 2012/07/30
  5. Using Lego Robots to Estimate Cognitive Ability in Children who have Severe Disabilities [Download]

    Title: Using Lego Robots to Estimate Cognitive Ability in Children who have Severe Disabilities
    Creator: Cook, A.M.
    Description: Children with severe disabilities can control a Lego robot to perform un-structured play tasks. Success with the robot could be a proxy measure for children who have cognitive abilities but cannot demonstrate them in standard testing. Project results are presented and their utility as a proxy measure is explored.
    Subjects: Lego robots, cognitive ability, children, disability, play
  6. The Effect of Robotic Intervention on the Imitation Skills of a Child with Autism [Download]

    Title: The Effect of Robotic Intervention on the Imitation Skills of a Child with Autism
    Creator: Tracey Dryden
    Subjects: Rehabilitation, Assistive Technology, Robotics
  7. INVOLVING USERS IN THE DESIGN OF A SPEECH GENERATING DEVICE INTERFACE FOR LEGO ROBOT CONTROL [Download]

    Title: INVOLVING USERS IN THE DESIGN OF A SPEECH GENERATING DEVICE INTERFACE FOR LEGO ROBOT CONTROL
    Creator: Kim Adams
    Subjects: Assistive Technology, Robotics, Rehabilitation
  8. From Infancy to Early Childhood: The Role of Augmentative Manipulation Robotic Tools in Cognitive and Social Development for Children with Motor Disabilities [Download]

    Title: From Infancy to Early Childhood: The Role of Augmentative Manipulation Robotic Tools in Cognitive and Social Development for Children with Motor Disabilities
    Creator: L. Alvarez
    Subjects: Assistive Technology, Rehabilitation, Robotics
  9. VIRTUAL ASSISTIVE ROBOTS FOR PLAY, LEARNING, AND COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT [Download]

    Title: VIRTUAL ASSISTIVE ROBOTS FOR PLAY, LEARNING, AND COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
    Creator: Mengliao Wang
    Subjects: Assistive Technology, Robotics, Rehabilitation
  10. A Training Protocol for Controlling Lego Robots via Speech Generating Devices [Download]

    Title: A Training Protocol for Controlling Lego Robots via Speech Generating Devices
    Creator: Kim Adams
    Subjects: Rehabilitation, Robotics, Assistive Technology