At Your Beck and Call, Voice Activated Home Assistants

By Jule Ann Lieberman CLVT/CATIS ATP

Pennsylvania’s Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT) is conducting a survey on the use of the voice activated home assistants by people who are blind, and vision impaired such as the Amazon Echo, Google Home and the iHomepod systems. We plan to include these results in a conference presentation and possible article for national publication. Our interest was a direct result from PCB’s discussion call on participants’ favorite Gadgets. A great many of the callers indicated they use one or another of these devices. There are three ways to complete our survey.

Use the following web address to access the Survey Monkey version online: surveymonkey.com/r/5KYPHTc until November 1, 2018.

Call me directly at 800-204-7428 beginning July 5 through September 30, 2018 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. If you get a voice mail, please leave your name and full phone number with a good time to return the call. I will get back to you as soon as possible.

I can also schedule an in-person interview during the PCB Conference and Convention this October in Pittsburgh. To schedule an in-person survey for that weekend, please contact me prior to October 15, 2018 by calling 800-204-7428.

Participation is voluntary, and participants will receive no compensation for their time. The survey will be conducted without collection of Personal data and with consideration to protect privacy. The survey results will demonstrate interests, preference, and experience of the users of this technology for activities of daily living.

Please consider completing the survey whether you currently use a device or not. We would like to know your interest in possible future use or reasons that you are not interested in any of these devices. The survey should take a maximum of 20 minutes to complete.

Be part of a national conversation! PIAT appreciates your time and looks forward to hearing from you.

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