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Comprehensive Telecommunication for People with Tetraplegia

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 1R43HD082943-01
Agency Tracking Number: R43HD082943
Amount: $166,305.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: NICHD
Solicitation Number: PA14-071
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
ALMA, AR 72921-7780
United States
DUNS: 956866784
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
Phone: (479) 632-4166
Research Institution

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): There are over 700,000 Americans with severe physical impairments (SPIs) who have few options for independently accessing telecommunication services such as voice calls, text messaging, and video calling. The inabilityto independently and reliably access these services impacts many aspects of their lives. Nurturing friendships becomes more difficult, it is practically impossible to meet new social and professional norms for communicating or to manage personal care assistants and medical needs, and independent access to emergency services is often not possible. Perhaps even more devastating is the impact on self-image and mental health. There is a critical distinction between having a physical impairment and having a disability. It is the inability to participate in lifestyle factors, including community connections and social networks, that makes someone disabled. Assistive technology, when implemented well, can remediate a disability caused by physical impairment

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