Evaluating Person-Centered Factors Associated with Brain- Computer Interface access to a Commercial Augmentative and Alternative Communication Device
Well over two million individuals with complex communication needs rely on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) methods to communicate. Commonly, individuals with severe physical impairments access AAC devices via eye tracking systems where they create messages by orienting their eyes toward a desired communication element (e.g., letter, word, or icon), and then perform a predetermined action for item selection (e.g., eye blinking). Non-invasive brain-computer interface (BCI) access methods can provide hope and freedom to the most severely impaired individuals by overcoming the motoric restrictions of conventional approaches to AAC access.
This project will help inform the development of BCI assessment procedures, aiding clinicians and researchers to understand which individuals are best suited for BCI-based AAC access, and if those individuals are progressing with the device as expected.
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