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Pilot Project Descriptions

2015-2016

Sensitization and training for staff in the shopping center of the MALL-Living Lab to facilitate interactions with individuals with a communication disability
Croteau C, Le Dorze G, Lefebvre H, Gagnon J, Rochette A, Levert M, McKerral M, Bottari C, Swaine B

Addresses objectives 2 and 3 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

The aim of this study is to facilitate social participation of people with a communication disability through sensitizing and training staff in a shopping center. This first phase of the project will consist of developing the training. The second phase will aim to verify the impact of the training.

Inter-establishment Analysis of Rehabilitation Service Continuum for Youth with Physical Disabilities (EASY)
Dahan-Oliel N, Mazer B, Darsaklis V, Lafrance M, Guindon A, Shikako-Thomas K, Cloutier S, Saindon M, Fichten C

Addresses objective 2 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

The aim of this clinical research project is to explore the use of the Living Lab in order to address the rehabilitation needs of youth with physical disabilities. The project also aims at developing and validating guidelines for rehabilitation services with youth, their families and community partners.

Evaluating the effectiveness of a brief and multidimensional intervention program on community reintegration and the use of public spaces following a traumatic brain injury
De Guise E, Bottari C, McKerral M, Swaine B

Addresses the objective 3 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

The aim of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of a brief and multidimensional intervention program, while comparing its effect on the post-traumatic symptoms, cognition and mood, community reintegration (ex: leisure) as well as the use of public spaces by two groups of individuals who sustained a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI). They will receive the treatment at two different times (experimental group and waiting list group) using a randomized single-blind trial.

Analysis of the determinants of asymmetrical locomotion in hemiparetic individuals and its impact on performance in an ecological environment.
Duclos C, Nadeau S, Aissaoui R, Michaud F

Addresses the objectives 1, 2 and 3 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

The aim of this project is to study asymmetrical locomotion in post-stroke individuals, at a chronic stage, to determine the characteristics, the interrelations between parameters and tasks, as well as the determinants of functional performance in the laboratory and in the community.

Fostering Knowledge Sharing and Creation Between the Members of the RehabMaLL CoP Through Synchronous Presentations and Discussions
Kairy D, Mazer B, Guindon A

Addresses the objectives 2 and 3 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

The overall objective of this research project is to examine a new approach to on-line communication in the RehabMaLL Community of Practice (CoP). Specifically, the objective is to develop and evaluate collaboration based on synchronous meetings using web technology in terms of building partnerships that can lead to new (research) projects, levels of participation, and participant satisfaction.

Analysis of the use of public spaces by seniors who are aphasic or have motor disabilities
Levert M, LeDorze G, Michallet B, Poldma T, Gélinas I, PhD, Lefebvre H, Croteau C, Power E, Deit M

Addresses the objectives 1, 2 and 3 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

The aim of this study is to gain a better understanding of the use of public spaces by aphasic seniors in comparison to those having solely a motor disability. More specifically, the objectives are to understand the role of the environment (especially social) and characteristics of seniors, to identify the strategies deployed by seniors, examine the contribution of the citizen-accompaniment intervention to the use of public spaces.

Meta-Analysis Post-Evaluation Study of the Rehabilitation Living Lab
Poldma T, Le Dorze G, Ahmed S

Addresses the objective 3 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

The goal of the Meta-Analysis Post-Evaluation study is to define and assess the changes in the mall environment, conduct an assessment of policy and stakeholders expectations and how the research impacted these expectations (K.Shikako post doctorate project) and to assess what has been done to date and what still needs to be done using an empirical qualitative analysis.

Invigorating access to shops for the elderly. Exploring the urban trajectory from outside Alexis Nihon to the inside
Poldma T, Lord S, Negron P

Addresses the objective 1 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

This project aims to examine the trajectory used by the elderly to get to their downtown destination, while exploring the significant characteristics in the environment that could affect mobility. This study is interested in the notion of trajectory, through the observation of real urban space.

Participation court: Where policies, research and participation meet at the RehabMaLL
Shikako-Thomas K (supervised by Dr Tiiu Poldma)

Addresses the objectives 2 & 3 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

The objectives of this project are to 1) identify policy actionable points within the RehabmaLL project 2) identify internal and municipal policies that can have an impact on participation at the mall 3) develop and pilot test knowledge translation mechanisms to translate research findings into policy changes, and policy needs into research questions in this context.

Observation and analysis of communication needs and strategies used by deaf-blind individuals in real situation activities carried out in a mall. Phase II – A communication technology aid pilot test
Wanet-Defalque M, Le Dorze G, Auger C, Cybis W

Addresses the objective 3 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

The main objective consists of evaluating the effect of using assistive communication technology on social participation of deaf blind people. The proposed study encompasses three specific objectives: evaluate the usability of assistive communication technology, describe and compare the interactions with and without assistive technology, and compare from an expert clinical perspective two existing communication assistive technologies.

2014-2015

The role of Speech-Language Pathologists in promoting social participation of people with aphasia in rehabilitation (PhD Project)
Alary Gauvreau C. (G. LeDorze, supervisor)

Addresses objectives 1 & 2 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

The goal of the project is to elaborate guidelines for the practice of rehabilitation professionals in order to promote social participation of persons with aphasia and their relatives.

Rehabilitation and social participation of people with a physical disability in shopping centers: enhancing professional act in an integrated living environment
Alary Gauvreau C, Mazer B, Kairy D

Addresses the objectives 1& 3 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

This project aims to 1) understand the experience of clinicians in rehabilitation and of people living with a physical disability using or not using shopping centers during their rehabilitation; 2) create a tool demonstrating the feasibility of interventions in a shopping center during rehabilitation; and 3) determine amongst which clientele and in which context such a tool could be used.

Evaluation of activities that can be accomplished with the JACO robotic arm within a living environment
Archambault P, Gélinas I, Lemay M, Routhier F.

Addresses the objectives 1 & 3 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

This project aims to assess the nature and significance of tasks accomplished with JACO in a community living environment (shopping center and museum), following a familiarisation of eight weeks with the technical aid.

Helping individuals with cognitive deficits manage their shopping expenses with the help of an iPad
Poncet F, Bottari C, Pigot H, Gagnon J, Goverover Y.

Addresses objective 2 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

An essential component of the shopping experience is having the financial means to participate in this activity. Cognitive deficits, particularly executive function deficits, can greatly limit an individual’s ability to manage his or her personal finances. Executive function deficits (decreased planning, poor error monitoring and correction) and behavioural deficits (poor decision making, impulsivity, depression, and anxiety) have been identified as core issues underlying the ability to carry out complex tasks such as budgeting.

The recent proliferation of main stream mobile systems such as smart phones that can support Assistant Cognitive Technology (type of budgetary Ipad application) functions underscores the vast potential of this technology to assist individuals with cognitive deficits in better managing several aspects of their everyday lives, notably their finances. The goal of this research is to investigate whether commercially available ACT, combined with a novel treatment protocol, improves financial management abilities in individuals with cognitive and behavioural deficits. Specific aims are to examine client responsiveness to the ACT and to obtain data on the efficacy of the treatment protocol.

When There is Noise! Investigating the Impact of Auditory Stimuli in Retail Environments on Elderly Consumers’ Shopping Decision Quality and Search Efficiency
Johnson A, Grohmann B, Bodur, O

Addresses objective 2 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

This project seeks to examine to what extent auditory noise constitutes an obstacle to successful participation in shopping activities—in terms of making healthy and affordable choices in a reasonable amount of time—among elderly consumers. The purpose of current research is to understand the impact of the retail environments on elderly consumers’ decision quality and search efficiency.

Evaluating the MALL community of practice (CoP): Structure, process and outcomes
Kairy D, Mazer B

Addresses the objectives 1 & 2 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

The main objective of this project is to document and evaluate the implementation process and the impact of the CoP on knowledge translation, including changes in practice at the community, clinical and research levels.

Exploring the effects of a training program for shopping center employees who interact with persons living with functional limitations.
Rochette A, Swaine B, Kehayia E, Roche L (Altergo-formation) et Guérard C (Altergo-formation)

Addresses objective 3 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

The goal of this study is to explore the impact of a training specifically targeting the welcoming of people with a functional limitation (www.altergoformation.com) on the employees’ knowledge and perceived self-efficacy in a shopping center.

A tool to assess websites accessibility: development and validation with shopkeepers of Alexis Nihon shopping mall
Wanet-Defalque M-C, D'Amour J-M, Robert J-M, de Abreu Cybis W, Gagnon S

Addresses objective 2 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

The goal of this project is the development of an entirely automated version of the Accès123 tool, which would allow those who are responsible for a website, or a website user, to perform a basic diagnostic of the level of accessibility of a Web page.

Audible Pointers from the Real World : A Guidance System for Blind and Sighted Shoppers in the PSI-MALL
Grond F, Wittich W, Johnson A, Wanet-Defalque M-C

Addresses the objectives 2 & 3 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

The goal of this research is the development of audible pointers covering a limited number of points of interest in the Living lab Mall, then the development of audible cues (earcons or auditory icons) and the development of a small mobile app that allows first to query the initial set of points of interests through the local WIFI and second to provide additional context information to the user. The system aims to strike a balance between the acceptance of sounds from an auditory display in a public soundscape, individual information needs as well as usability concerns from the target user group.

2013-2014

Mobile applications for participation in the mall: content and usability analysis in the presence of communication or cognition impairment
Auger C, Bottari C, Swaine B

Addresses objective 2 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

The goal of this project is to make a critical analysis of the content and usability of existing mobile applications as a support tool for community participation taking into account the environmental barriers and facilitators (EBF) to participation during activities at the mall for persons with mobility limitations combined with communication or cognition impairment.

A comprehensive approach to evaluate cognitive and locomotor strategies while navigating and shopping in complex urban environments
Fung J, Kizony R, Sangani S, Weiss T

Addresses objective 3 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

The primary goal of the project is to determine the extent to which responses of task performance, observed during a navigational and shopping task performed in a precisely scaled complex virtual environment (VE) as well as in VIS, a generic virtual mall, are correlated with those observed in the real world in healthy older and post stroke participants.

Ecological validation of an objective task measuring socially inappropriate behavior following a traumatic brain injury: Social Responding Task-2
Gagnon J, Chiocchio, F

Addresses objective 2 & 3 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

The objective of this study is to conduct the third stage of validation of the SRT-2 among the target population, which are people with TBI. This new validation study is crucial to measuring the predictive value of the task on two measures of inadequate social behavior of people with TBI in their daily lives.

Reliability and validity of the Wheelchair Skills Test version 4.2 for power wheelchair and intelligent power wheelchair use in public spaces
Kairy D, Archambault P, Routhier F, Rushton P, Demers L, Pineau J, Gourdeau R

Addresses objective 2 & 3 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

The Wheelchair Skills Test (WST) has been developed to assess manual and PW performance using a standardized course, but it has not been tested in a real context. In addition, no outcome measures have been developed to assess the ability of IPW users to navigate in the environment and negotiate obstacles outside of a controlled setting. The goal of the proposed study is to provide evidence of the extent to which the Wheelchair Skills Test (WST) can be used to assess power and intelligent power wheelchair performance in a mall environment.

Navigating in the mall as community environment in stroke individuals: a visuomotor perspective
Lamontagne A, Wanet, M-C, Archambault P, Cybis W

Addresses objective 1 & 3 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

This project aims to use the mall to study walking and Power wheelchair (PW) navigation strategies in stroke participants. A special emphasis will be placed on the coordination of gaze and displacement trajectories, and their interaction with the environment. As the complexity and changing nature of a community environment such as the mall makes it difficult to measure participants’ performance, the focus of this proposal will not only be on the characterizing of navigation behaviors, but also on the development of measures of performance (metrics) with portable measurement tools. These measures will later be used to identify issues in navigating in the community and to measure changes as a result of an intervention in stroke participants.

Evaluation of strategies to facilitate the use of public places by persons with a TBI
Levert M-J, Gélinas I, Lefebvre H, McKerral M, Roy O

Addresses objective 1 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

This study is a secondary analysis of a larger project aiming to adapt, implement and evaluate a Personalized Accompaniment for Community Integration (APIC) with elderly at risk of losing their autonomy following a TBI. Its objective is to better understand the strategies implemented by the citizen accompanier and the elderly with TBI to facilitate their use of public places.

The experience of people with disabilities / impairments in relation to the information in a public space such as the MALL (Mall As a Living Lab). Intervene to maximize the availability of quality information to foster the social participation of people
Poldma T, LeDorze G

Addresses objective 2 & 3 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

This study has several specific objectives: 1) Explore with various groups the means used to access information, how they receive and process information, how they compose with the information received and understood, and how the information serves the lived experience in malls, 2) Develop, put into action and test means to organize and access information, 3) Identify the best means to organize information for groups of people to circulate and interact socially, 4) Make changes and evaluate them.

Recommendations for the Construction of an Accessible Ramp in the Rehabilitation Living Lab (MALL)
Poldma T, Rousseau J

Addresses objective 3 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

The objectives of this study include a code review of ramp and accessibility requirements, followed by an assessment of needs and accessibility requirements using diverse case studies. This empirical analysis will be verified using the MALL as a laboratory. The goal is to understand and develop best practices and criteria for the conception/construction of an accessible ramp from the perspective of inclusive design.

Communicative abilities of young adults previously identified as having developmental language impairment
Thordardottir E, Beauregard F

Addresses objective 1 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

The project is a preliminary investigation of the communicative abilities and challenges of young adults previously identified as having language impairment (LI), specifically within contexts encountered in the shopping mall, including social interactions, interactions with merchants and other personnel, as well as more formal skills such as the ability to seek and hold employment, the ability to understand mall instructions, including signs, and other contexts that may arise.

2012-2013

The habits and needs of people with aphasia and their loved ones when visiting shopping centers
Alary Gauvreau C, Le Dorze G, Kehayia E, Michallet B, Anglade B

Addresses objective 1 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

Individuals with aphasia and their loved ones have special needs when it comes to visiting shopping centers. This study will allow us to understand their life habits, needs and wishes during a shopping activity, the results of which will ultimately serve to create recommendations to facilitate their access to this public environment. This study will also promote widespread awareness of aphasia.

The daily interactions of the people presenting a communication disorder outside of the home (PhD project)
Anglade C, Le Dorze G and Croteau C

Addresses objective 1 and 3 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

This project aims to study the interaction of people with a communication disorder with a neurological origin, such as aphasia or dysarthria, in a natural situation of frequenting commercial and public settings. This information will be of great utility for the clinical practice of speech therapy, which is looking to find efficient means of intervention concerning social reintegration of the person with a communication disorder with a neurological origin.

Focus groups for the identification PW driving tasks that may be unsafe or challenging
Archambault P

Addresses objective 2 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

This study aims at identifying and describing such tasks that may be challenging or unsafe, in order to include them in the PW driving simulator being developed and evaluated by the project leader. This data will allow us to build virtual scenarios in our PW driving simulator, based on actual users’ experiences. We then expect to use these virtual scenarios to provide training program for new PW users.

Exploration and Assessment of the Usability of the Mall (Stage II)
Beauregard F, Kalubi JC

Addresses objective 1 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

This exploratory study aims to understand the reasons why parents decide to visit the shopping mall, with or without their child and identify the facilitators and obstacles encountered by families who have a child with a disability while determining what adaptations these families would like in order to enable them to frequent the mall.

Development and Testing of New Wayfinding Systems for People with Disabilities When Traveling in a Complex Shopping Center (Stage II)
Crandall WF, Bentzen BL, Cioffi J, Myers L, Wanet-Defalque MC

Addresses objectives 2 and 3 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

This multi-phase pilot project is in the process of evaluating the effectiveness of two wayfinding technologies that aim to facilitate travel of visually impaired individuals in the complex and challenging wayfinding environment of a large, multi-level mall as well as assess potential synergies when combining these technologies.

Developing instruments to study the inter-subjective experience of shopping mall users, who live with one or several disabilities
Desjardins M, Poldma T, Mazurik K.

Addresses objectives 1 and 3 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab Project

This study aims to evaluate the utility and the potential contribution of six techniques, which will allow for the exploration of different aspects of the intersubjective experience in a shopping mall: 1) participant observation, 2) guided tour, 3) life history, 4) semi-structured interviews, 5) auto-photographic documentary of a shopping mall visit, and 6) sound portrait. These tests and evaluations will provide a methodological basis for the “intersubjective experience of mall users” research theme of the Rehabiliation Living Lab project.

Robot-Assisted Reaching Performance of Stroke Patients in Virtual Environment versus Physical Environment (PhD project)
Gheidari NN, Archambault P

Addresses objective 2 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab Project

We have designed an experiment in which we will couple a robotic arm with a Virtual Environment that mimics a physical world scene. Stroke patients will perform the same 3D reaching task both in Virtual Environment and Physical Environment. Then the kinetics and kinematics of the movements will be compared as well as the subjective view of the participants.

Improving ability to reach in complex environments (PhD project)
Mullick A, Levin M

Addresses objective 2 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab Project

This project is the first step in the development of a virtual reality based ToolKit for the assessment and training of the upper limb in order to increase the ability of individuals to participate in daily activities within a complex shopping mall environment. The goal is to determine the ability of people who have had a stroke, particularly those who are considered well-recovered, to adapt their upper limb movements rapidly when external conditions change (in the presence of an obstacle, sounds and memory tasks) while reaching in a virtual environment (VE).

Evaluation of a training circuit at a care unit on functional rehabilitation of hospitalised patients
for a rehabilitation after a hip or a knee surgery.

Nadeau, S

Addresses objective 1 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

Establish if the addition of a circuit of exercises (Réadaptation +) is a valuable way to improve the functional autonomy of the clientele from the Programme Santé Physique (PSP) of the IRGLM. A secondary objective is to use this project to enhance the culture of utilization of evidence based by the professionals of the PSP during their evaluations.

Peoples’ Movements in the Mall
Poldma T, Bertin S

Addresses objective 1 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

The goals of this pilot project are to count the number of people entering the mall and their relative ease of entry. Specific objectives include: a) to count people as they enter the mall; b) to track entry into the mall of people in different places and at specific/different times of the day; c) to determine the types of people entering the mall and the means used to enter; d) to identify issues regarding the relative ease of access for persons with disabilities through observation.

Exploring the effects of a dance therapy (DT) workshop, a new intervention approach promoting the social integration and participation of adults with motor disabilities
Swaine B, McKinley P, Lachance B, Proulx-Goulet C, Janelle C, Messier F

Addresses objective 2 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

This project pilot aims to: (1) document the DT workshop offered in the context of rehabilitation in detail, (2) identify relevant tools to measure the effects of the workshop on the activity and participation, and (3) collect information on whether this intervention improves visitation frequency of public spaces and community centers by DT workshop participants.

This study explicitly uses the visitation frequency of community spaces and shopping centers as an outcome measure. Our results will allow us to better understand the types of activities that participants return to doing in these public spaces following completion of the DT workshop. Future studies may eventually link these activities with changes in the quality of life of rehabilitation patients.

2011-2012

Measurement of Walking and Power Wheelchair Mobility Inside the MALL
Archambault P, Lamontagne A

Addresses objective 1 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

This study aims to develop measures to characterize walking and power wheelchair mobility in a rich indoor environment and to identify the requirements of a navigation task in the mall using objective measures.

Importance of the vestibular system when walking in a complex environment, such as a shopping mall
Barthélemy D, Campeau-Larivée A

Addresses objective 3 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

The objective of the study is to analyze the role of the vestibular system at the level of the trunk and lower limb muscles of healthy subjects 1) during basic locomotion and 2) during locomotion involving the nodding of the head from the left to right.

These results will allow us to better characterize the role of the vestibular system in postural reflexes and head control during locomotion in a complex environment. In addition, these results will allow us to gain a better understanding of the vestibular dysfunctions in order to improve locomotor rehabilitation techniques in persons who present to the clinic with these disabilities.

Exploration and Assessment of the Usability of the Mall
Beauregard F, Kalubi JC

Addresses objective 1 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

This exploratory study aims to understand the reasons why parents decide to visit the shopping mall, with or without their child and identify the facilitators and obstacles encountered by families who have a child with a disability while determining what adaptations these families would like in order to enable them to frequent the mall.

Better understand verbal assistance for the Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL) Profile: an important step for the optimal clinical use of this tool
Bottari C, Le Dorze G, Dutil E, Gosselin N, Touré M, Vincent P

Addresses objective 1 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

The overall objective of this project is to further refine the administration guide of the IADL Profile, a tool used to measure functional independence in daily living activities for persons with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and to verify its clinical applicability with clinicians at the Centre de réadaptation Lucie Bruneau.

The specific goals are to clarify the concept of verbal assistance related to the tool by identifying helpful cues that can be given by the examiner to the participants; to review the administration guide to facilitate the offer of verbal assistance by clinicians; to complete pilot administrations of the IADL Profile using the upgraded guide and document its clinical applicability.

Real-World Treatment Interventions for Individuals with a Traumatic Brain Injury
Bottari C, Le Dorze G, Gosselin N, Gagnon J, Pigot H

Addresses objective 1 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

This exploratory study examines the strategic behaviours of four individuals with moderate or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), in an ecological shopping task (Instrumental activities of daily living (IADL) Profile) using a systematic observation of videotaped sessions of the evaluation.

Development and Testing of New Wayfinding Systems for People with Disabilities When Traveling in a Complex Shopping Center
Crandall WF, Bentzen BL, Cioffi J, Myers L, Wanet-Defalque MC

Addresses objectives 2 and 3 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

This multi-phase pilot project is in the process of evaluating the effectiveness of two wayfinding technologies that aim to facilitate travel of visually impaired individuals in the complex and challenging wayfinding environment of a large, multi-level mall as well as assess potential synergies when combining these technologies.

Facilitating conversation and social participation: A conversational intervention for dyads where one member has a communication disorder
Croteau C, Togher L, Simard A, Nadeau E, Vincent P, Baril G

Addresses objective 2 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

This study aims to 1- further develop a conversational approach to therapy for dyads in which one partner has a communication disorder, 2-document the therapy’s effectiveness in the dyads’ conversation as well as with other partners in different contexts. Improved communicative environments will probably facilitate participation and encourage persons with a communication disorder to go out to public places such as a shopping mall.

Going to the Mall: Adolescents' Perspectives on Environmental Barriers and Facilitators (PhD Project)
Dahan-Oliel N, Mazer B, Majnemer A

Addresses objective 1 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

This doctoral project will evaluate the environmental barriers and facilitators of going to a mall through the perspectives of adolescents with disabilities and determine the environmental factors which are part of typical adolescence as well as those specifically encountered by teens with disabilities. From these findings, recommendations for physical, attitudinal and social environmental supports will be provided with the goal of improving the social engagement of youth with disabilities in daily activities, such as visiting the mall.

Strategies for Safe Obstacle Circumvention During a Perceptuo-Locomotor and a Perceptuo-Motor Task in a Virtual Environment (PhD project)
Darekar A, Aravind G, Goussev V, Lamontagne A, Fung J

Addresses objectives 1 and 2 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

This doctoral project intends to quantify the clearance maintained by subjects with stroke while navigating around moving obstacles within a virtual environment (VE) in a perceptuo-motor and perceptuo-locomotor task.

Development and Validation of an Intelligent Wheelchair for Use in a Mall
Forget R, Cohen P, Gourdeau R, Pineau J, Demers L, Routhier F, Kairy D

Addresses objectives 1, 2 and 3 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

The intelligent wheelchair is being jointly developed by research experts in both the engineering and rehabilitation sciences. The goal of this pilot study is to develop and validate algorithms which allow for semi-autonomous navigation as well as reliable and safe operation that fit the user's profile in a large-scale public setting, while evaluating the needs and impacts (i.e. potential facilitators and obstacles) of using the intelligent wheelchair in a mall.

Development of a Virtual Simulation of a Section of Place Alexis Nihon Using Simple Computer Graphics and Modeling Tools
Fung J, Weiss PL, Kizony R, Levin MF

Addresses objective 2 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

The main objective of this virtual reality study is to create a realistic, functional virtual environment (VE) VE of a pilot section of Place Alexis Nihon shopping centre modeled to scale in order to demonstrate the feasibility of simulating components of the entire mall for a larger scale an eventual project. A key factor in the proposed approach is related to the use of relatively simple graphics and modeling tools such as Google SketchUp and Unity Pro. The software enables more than just a graphic simulation that can be navigated; it also enables the researcher to readily include a variety of functional tasks that can be used to identify and provide metrics about the user’s cognitive and motor abilities.

Validation of a Grid for Natural-Setting Observation of Impulsive Behavior
Following a Traumatic Brain Injury
Gagnon J, Van der Linden M, Rochat L, Gauthier-Mongeon F, Kocka A

Addresses objective 1 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

The goal of the proposed pilot study is to conduct a preliminary validation of an in-vivo observation grid for successfully identifying impulsive behaviors, which are typically exhibited by patients who have sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The specific objectives of this study are as follows: (a) to test an observation grid in three different contexts: either in an intensive functional rehabilitation (IFR) setting or rehabilitation aimed at social reintegration and social participation in the community context; (b) to repeatedly modify the grid as necessary, based on on-going observations and assessments; (c) obtain video data that can be used to calculate reliability indicators. The frequency and profile of impulsive behaviors are expected to change in different contexts.

Intelligent power wheelchair and social participation: a needs assessment in the context of a shopping mall
Kairy D, Rushton P, Stone P, Pituch E, Routhier F, Gourdeau R, Pineau J, Forget R, Demers L

Addresses objectives 1 and 2 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

The objective of this study is to explore the perceptions of power wheelchair (PW) users with regards to the needs, benefits and limits associated with using an IPW, in particular with respect to using it in a shopping center environment. This study embeds itself in a larger project of development and evaluation of an IPW. The data collected throughout this collaborative study will allow the research team to pursue the meaningful development of the IPW that best meets the user’s needs.

Pilot Study to Compare Shopping Activities in Real and Virtual Environments
Kizony R, Fung J, Weiss PL, Levin M, Perez C, Mazer B, Bottari C

Addresses objectives 1 and 2 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

This virtual reality study examines shopping behaviour with the 4-item test using both its original (i.e. have patients buy 4 items using a Virtual Interactive Shopper or VIS and the store mock up) and modified versions (i.e. buy 4 items in all environments with the need to handle budget) in terms of: a) differentiating between persons post-stroke and healthy controls and b) comparing the performance in the three environments: a real environment (small, in-hospital “cafeteria”), a store mock-up (physical simulation) and a virtual environment (VIS).

Personalized Accompaniment for the Community Integration of Persons With Traumatic Brain Injury
Lefebvre H, Bottari C, Levert MJ, Le Dorze G, Croteau C, Therriault PY, McKerral M

Addresses objective 1 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

This study is a secondary analysis of research into the effects of a Personalized Accompaniment for Community Integration for patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI). It is designed to determine what individuals with TBI experience when they frequent public spaces.

Characterization of the Acoustic Quality of Place Alexis Nihon
Leroux T, Gendron M, Roy J

Addresses objective 1 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

This project seeks to characterize the acoustic quality of the common areas at Place Alexis Nihon. We will describe how the common areas on the three floors (mezzanine, street level, metro level) are used and how materials, volumes, and surfaces may affect sound propagation in such areas as well as qualitatively describe its sound environment, (e.g. presence or absence of background music, noise sources, etc.). In addition, we will determine the ambient (background) noise levels and reverberation time in the common areas and how they vary at different times.

An Intergenerational Inclusive Wellness Park at the Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital
Mazer B, Snider L, McKinley P, Perlman C, Anaby D, Park M, Slanik M

Addresses objective 1 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

The overall objectives of this project at the Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital are to develop a safe and stimulating intergenerational wellness park/activity area for children, adults and seniors with and without cognitive/ sensory/ physical disabilities to enhance their participation in leisure activities and socialization as well as to evaluate the impact of these activities on participation and well-being. In addition, these findings will inform the creation of an indoor intergenerational wellness park as part of the CRIR-LivingLabVivant project.

Ecological Evaluation of Executive Functioning Within a Mall Setting Before and After Cognitive Rehabilitation in Older Adults With Traumatic Brain Injury: A Pilot Study
McKerral, M, Cisneros E, Bottari C

Addresses objective 1 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

The objective of this study is to add an outcome metric related to executive functioning to be measured directly in the living lab by using the Multiple Errands Test-Simplified Version (MET-SV), a psychometrically valid, ecological, and sensitive test designed to take place in a shopping mall. We hypothesize that persons undergoing the Cognitive Improvement Program (CIP), a 12-week intervention program, will demonstrate higher scores in the executive functions (ex. planning, task initiation, task switching, and self-regulation) post-intervention as compared to pre-intervention.

Understanding and Documenting Crowd Dynamics in a Commercial Shopping Mall for
People with Visual Impairment (PhD project)

Murphy C, Overbury O

Addresses objective 1 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

Using the Tobii™ portable eye-tracking system, this study aims to examine the accessibility of Place Alexis Nihon shopping mall for visually impaired individuals. When an individual’s vision is impaired, it hinders his/her ability to participate in the transactions and activities that normally take place in such a setting. Recording the visual and navigation experiences of individuals with low vision will help us better understand the challenges they encounter on a daily basis when attempting to participate in the community.

VIPs in the MALL: Accessibility for People With Impaired but Useful Vision
Overbury O, Poldma T, Faubert J, Wanet MC

Addresses objective 1 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

In the dynamic environment of an urban shopping centre, vision is typically used to navigate the infrastructure, read directories, find stores, kiosks, washrooms, elevators, escalators, and emergency exits. For a visually impaired (VI) individual, the ability to accomplish such tasks may be hindered if appropriate accommodations are not made. This pilot project used the Tobii™ portable eye-tracking system to identify facilitators and obstacles that VI people encounter when navigating the mall.

The development of a driving aptitude test measure embedded within CRIR’s Rehabilitation Living Lab research project
Patenaude C, Gauthier J, Crabb S, David I, Hazel M, Leclaire H, Higgins J

Addresses objective 2 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

The goal of this study is to create an interdisciplinary quantitative measure within a driving aptitude test where the final score would be an indicator of the need to be reevaluated on the road. This measure will allow for a common language between different stakeholders and will facilitate communication with customers. The decision to be re-evaluated on the road will be based on a single total score.

Accessibility Assessment of a Commercial Mall Environment
Poldma T, Barile M, Martel R, Daniel A, Joannidis M, Tissaoui L.

Addresses objective 1 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

The primary objective of this research study is to identity the physical barriers and access points of the building design, and how these access points are obstacles to accessibility. Secondary objectives are to glean perspectives by users in specific aspects of these obstacles in terms of physical disability, auditory and visual impairments and other sense-related barriers, from both design/architectural and disabled user perspectives.

Understanding People’s Needs in a Public Space such as a Commercial Mall
Poldma T, Bousbaci R, Daniel A, Tissaoui L, Desjardins M, Franz J

Addresses objective 1 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

The first phase of a three-part research project aimed at understanding the physical, social and psychosocial needs of commercial mall users. Research goals are to provide metrics in terms of physical spatial characteristics of a specific commercial mall such as Place Alexis Nihon.

Brain Mapping Physical Reality With Virtual Reality: Cortical Representation of Spatial Navigation
Sangani S, Fung J

Addresses objective 2 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

The primary goal of this study is to characterize the cortical representation of wayfinding using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS, 48/52 channel) while navigating (using predefined and self-defined navigational paths) through a virtual simulation of a 3D model of the atrium of Place Alexis Nihon shopping centre (created using real-life measurements).

Identifying and Understanding Facilitators and Obstacles to Participation/Inclusion Within a Commercial Mall for Persons with a Physical Disability: Towards the Creation of Enabling Environments
Swaine B, Poldma T, Barile M, Fichten C, Havel A, Kehayia E, Mazer B, McKinley P, Rochette A, Labbe D

Addresses objective 1 of the Rehabilitation Living Lab project

The overall objective of this study was to gather essential information from multiple key informants about their perceptions regarding the usability, the accessibility, and the facilitators and obstacles to social participation/inclusion within a mall setting. Specific goals include: (1) providing a multi-perspective assessment of the function, usability, and utility of malls for individuals with various disabilities; (2) compiling a preliminary list of principle obstacles and facilitators (physical and social) to the inclusion of these individuals; and (3) providing a solid base for future exploration of how the physical and social aspects of malls can be improved to make a mall more welcoming to all individuals.


 
 

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