Participation

Who do we work with?

We’re always looking for new participants, especially older adults and people with motor or visual impairments. We encourage people of all genders, ethnicities, and familiarity levels with computers to participate. Realize that it is only the technology we are testing, not you.

What’s involved?

We run different types of studies, including interview studies, evaluations of new technologies at our labs, and evaluations in the field, such as in people’s homes or public locations. We often provide compensation.

Active studies – updated July 2016

Mailing list

Want to stay informed of upcoming studies? Sign up for our mailing list here!

Questions or comments?

Please contact Professor Leah Findlater at leahkf@umd.edu or 301-405-2533.


Exploring wearable technology for physical fitness for people with disabilities

Our research team is exploring accessible wearable technologies for health and fitness for people with mobility impairments.

We previously conducted interviews with people with mobility impairments to understand the role of activity tracking technologies. To get a more complete picture of activity tracking and mobility impairments, we are now recruiting therapists who have worked with or currently work with people with mobility impairments who use power or manual wheelchairs or walkers.

In this study, we will ask you about your role as a therapist of a person with a mobility impairment in the context of physical fitness activities. We will also ask you for feedback on ideas about tracking technologies of these physical fitness activities. The study will not take more than one hour and can be conducted in-person or via Skype/Google Hangout. You will be compensated $15 cash if done in person or $15 Amazon gift card if done via Skype/Google Hangout.

To sign up for the study or if you have further questions please email meethu@cs.umd.edu.


Online study - open call for participants

Do you want to help make computing technology easier to use by people with disabilities, perhaps ultimately impacting you, your friends or your family?

Anyone 18 years of age or older is welcome to participate. We are especially interested in people with upper body motor impairments (e.g., tremor, lack of sensation) or who are 55 and older.

The study includes 4-6 basic computer tasks like clicking and dragging items, as well as a few short background and feedback questionnaires. Your data could impact the accessibility of a wide range of future applications, from desktop software to touchscreen games.

All you need is 20-45 minutes and an iPad or regular computer. You can complete the study from home and at the end can opt into a drawing for a $100 Amazon gift certificate (1/50 chance of winning).

To participate or for more information, please visit the study website:

http://go.umd.edu/AccessStudy


Studies for participants with visual impairments

Do you want to help us test new mobile and wearable technologies? We are currently recruiting blind and visually impaired participants who are 18 years of age or older. We are also recruiting participants without visual impairments.

The study will ask you to perform simple tasks that are similar to everyday mobile device use, like tapping on buttons or navigating through emails. We are also collecting basic demographic information and feedback on the mobile devices.

Study sessions will be conducted at our lab on the University of Maryland, College Park campus. In rare circumstances, we may be able to arrange in-person sessions at a location that is more convenient to you. The study will take up to two hours and you will be compensated $30 for your time. Participants will also receive $30 toward transportation costs if the study session is at a location you would not normally visit.

To learn more or to sign up, please contact us by email accessresearch@umd.edu.