Student proposals for design projects to aid children with severe disabilities

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dc.contributor.author Warren, Steven
dc.date.accessioned 2017-02-15T14:44:13Z
dc.date.available 2017-02-15T14:44:13Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/35174
dc.description Citation: Warren, S. (2016). Student proposals for design projects to aid children with severe disabilities.
dc.description.abstract Children with severe disabilities have unique individual needs. Technology-based designs intended to quantify the well-being of these children or assist them with learning or activities of daily living are often by nature "one of" designs tightly matched to these needs. For children with severe autism, such designs must be incorporated into their environments in unobtrusive ways to avoid upsetting or distracting these children. This design space and its affiliated challenges offer a rich environment for engineering students to exercise their design creativity. This paper presents an end-of-semester exercise for a Kansas State University Introduction to Biomedical Engineering class, where students propose senior-design projects geared toward children with severe disabilities. The goal of the exercise is to integrate concepts related to biomedical devices, design factors, care delivery environments, and assistive technology into a proposed design with clear practical benefit that can be implemented in prototype form by a senior design team over the span of about two semesters. The deliverable for the design exercise is a four-page paper in two-column IEEE format that adheres to a pre-specified structure. To focus these design-project ideas, students are asked to offer their thoughts within the framework of needs specified by clinical staff at Heartspring in Wichita, KS, a facility that serves severely disabled children, where nearly all of the full-time residents are autistic, and most are nonverbal. In addition to the educational benefits offered by this experience, the author's intent is to help spur ideas for new senior design projects that can be supported with resources from existing NSF-funded grants which provide equipment and materials for such endeavors. Six semesters worth of design ideas are presented here, along with the results of assessment rubrics applied to the final papers. The class is populated by students from various departments within the Kansas State University College of Engineering, so design proposals are varied and incorporate low-level to system-level solutions. Some of these design ideas have been adopted by design teams, whereas others await attention. © American Society for Engineering Education, 2016.
dc.relation.uri https://doi.org/10.18260/p.25926
dc.rights © 2016 American Society for Engineering Education. This Item is protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use. For other uses you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s).
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dc.title Student proposals for design projects to aid children with severe disabilities
dc.type Article
dc.date.published 2016
dc.citation.doi 10.18260/p.25926
dc.citation.volume 2016-June
dc.description.conference 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana
dc.contributor.authoreid swarren
dc.contributor.kstate Warren, Steven


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