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dc.contributor.author Beksa, Jarek en
dc.contributor.author Desmarais, Angela-Marie en
dc.contributor.author Terblanche, Mieke en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-05-26T19:10:55Z
dc.date.available 2020-05-26T19:10:55Z
dc.date.issued 2020 en
dc.identifier.citation Journal on Technology and Persons with Disabilities 8: 104-118. en
dc.identifier.issn 2330-4219 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/215982 en
dc.description 35th Annual Assistive Technology Conference Scientific/Research Proceedings, San Diego, 2020 en
dc.description.abstract Developments in technology have the potential to improve the independence of people with disabilities (Darcy, Maxwell & Green, 2016). For people who are blind or have low vision who use these forms of adaptive technology, alternative assistive technology is often costly. However, Gill (2017) suggests that voice assistants such as Amazon Alexa are a low-cost solution to meeting their needs. The Blind Foundation worked with Sonnar Interactive LTD to create a third-party library skill for the Amazon Alexa voice assistant to provide voice activated audio content access to its members as an alternative to current CDs and app solutions. The Blind Foundation launched their Alexa Usability Study in June 2018 to investigate: 1. Whether Amazon Alexa virtual assistant appeals to Blind Foundation clients. 2. Whether the Blind Foundation Library Skill appeals to Blind Foundation clients as an audio book and magazine delivery service. 3. Whether the Amazon Alexa and Blind Foundation Library Skill can increase: a. Connectivity: feeling more connected to family, friends, and the community; b. Access to Information: users' ability to access information; c. Self-Reliance: more control in the hands of the reader, where they can choose what information they want to consume, where they want to consume it. en
dc.format application/pdf en
dc.format.extent 15 pages en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher California State University, Northridge. en
dc.rights Copyright 2020 by the authors and California State University, Northridge en
dc.subject Voice-assistants en
dc.subject Amazon Alexa en
dc.subject smart speakers en
dc.subject assistive technology en
dc.subject access to information en
dc.title Usability Study of Blind Foundation's Alexa Library Skill en
dc.type Article en
dc.rights.license Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 4.0 Unported License. en


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