2014 SUNspot (Number 01) - Augmentative and Alternative Communication Device Users and Mainstream Wireless Devices

Date of Publication: 
2014 January

We created “SUNspot” to share some of the latest findings from ongoing data collection for our Survey of User Needs (SUN), our cornerstone survey on use and usability of wireless technology by people with disabilities.  We launched the first version of the SUN in 2001. The current version (Version 4) was launched in September 2012. The data reported here are preliminary results.  

We’re pleased to announce the availability of our latest edition of SUNspot for 2014, our series of research briefs on targeted issues and research questions based on the Survey of User Needs. This SUNspot focuses on the use of smartphones and tablets by people with Complex Communication Needs (CCN), especially by users of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ACC) devices. Responses to this question are analyzed for: 

  • Whether people with CCN use mobile consumer technology, and if so, which technology and platforms do they use?
  • Do they use smartphones and tablets, or regular feature phones?
  • If they do favor smart devices, is there a clear preference for tablets or smartphones?
  • Is there a clear preference for a particular operating system? 


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