A new study by a postgraduate research group at University College London (UCL) is looking at the challenges people with a spinal cord injury have with accessing their smartphones.

There has been a lot of development in the accessibility features provided by the major technology companies in their products, and there is some anecdotal evidence that these have resolved access issues for people with upper limb impairments. What is not known is how effective these developments have been in everyday use by people paralysed by spinal cord injury.

Andrew Kell, Aspire’s Assistive Technology Manager commented, “Whether the developments in accessibility features built into smartphones have been effective for people with Spinal Cord Injury can only be judged by how well they are meeting people's needs in everyday use. This study will help to understand what is working and help identify what else can be done to improve access for those who can gain much independence if they are able to fully use these devices. We would encourage any tetraplegic who uses a smartphone to take part in the study and help shape future developments."

The project is part of the AspireCREATE partnership, where Aspire is working in collaboration with UCL.

For details of the study, and how to participate:

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