Accession Number : ADA303495


Title :   National Rehabilitation Hospital Assistive Technology Research Center


Descriptive Note : Annual rept. 30 Sep 1994-29 Sep 1995


Corporate Author : NATIONAL REHABILITATION HOSPITAL WASHINGTON DC


Personal Author(s) : Materson, Richard M


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a303495.pdf


Report Date : Oct 1995


Pagination or Media Count : 78


Abstract : The Assistive Technology Research Center was established by the National Rehabilitation Hospital to facilitate transfer of technologies from aerospace and defense arenas to improve the lives of persons with disabilities. The Center's work has evolved in two general areas: (a) Assistive Technology Transfer and (b) Cognitive Studies. In year 1, the Center expanded its infrastructure to accommodate future research and carried out research projects as proposed. For the Assistive Technology section, complimentary work was conducted in areas of evaluation and innovative design, including further development and testing of exoskeletal systems made from lightweight, composite materials and the exploration of alternative manufacturing procedures. Preliminary work was conducted on the preliminary development of a portable evaluation system for use in telemedicine rehabilitation applications. Finally, preliminary analysis and review of the literature resulted in development of two research projects that will examine the efficacy of using virtual reality for assessment and educational purposes within the rehabilitation environment, including (1) Assessment of Unilateral Spatial Neglect in a Virtual Reality Environment and (2) Virtual Reality as a Tool for Family Education in Visuo-Spatial Neglect. In the Cognitive Studies Section, a number of preliminary, single-subject design studies were completed that allowed for evaluation of hypotheses and methodologies related to the application of the ANAM treatment of mild head injury patients,


Descriptors :   *HEAD(ANATOMY) , *HOSPITALS , *REHABILITATION , *RESEARCH FACILITIES , *TEST AND EVALUATION , *WOUNDS AND INJURIES , COGNITION , COMPOSITE MATERIALS , ENVIRONMENTS , EXOSKELETON , MANUFACTURING , MEDICINE , PATIENTS , TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER , TELEVISION SYSTEMS


Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
      Biology


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