Population Health

September 13, 2017

Supporting touch-screen use for those with motor impairments

Martez MottWe live in a touch-screen world where making contact with a particular point gets us what we want. That is not the case, however, for the millions of people around the world who experience motor impairments and are thus being left behind.

Martez Mott (pictured) is a PhD candidate in the UW’s Information School and an active member of the philanthropy-supported MAD (Mobile + Accessible Design) Lab and the DUB (Design. Use. Build.) Group, where his research centers on making touch screens accessible for people who live with motor impairments, from cerebral palsy to muscular dystrophy to Parkinson’s disease.

Through his work, he is supporting development of Smart Touch, a calibration software for touch-screen accessibility that would allow anyone to use a touch-screen device after just a simple calibration procedure.

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