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A switch-accessible DJ app for children and youth with severe motor challenges: PRISM Beats v2.0


Our aim with this project is to co-create a user-friendly switch-accessible DJ app in collaboration with
clients and families, as well as music therapists and music therapy students.

Call to action

Do you want to help develop an accessible DJ app? Consider participating in a research study about co-creating a DJ app for children and youth with motor challenges.

Who can participate

To participate in this study, you must either:

- be a child/youth or the parent/caregiver of a child who:

  • is between between 8 and 25 years old,
  • has a physical or cognitive impairment,
  • is able to communicate in English (either verbally, by using augmentative and alternative communication methods, or with the help of a caregiver),
  • has previously taken part in a music therapy program,
  • is a switch user (optional),

- be a music therapist or music therapy student who:

  • is a certified music therapist in their country of employment, or a graduate student registered in a recognized music therapy training program,
  • is able to communicate in English,
  • has some background and/or interest in adapted music equipment,
  • has some clinical experience with the client population described above.

Funding agency

Holland Bloorview’s Centre for Leadership

What's involved

Participants will be asked to take part in 3 online co-creation workshops. Each workshop will last 1-1.5
hours, and gather 3-5 clients and families or 4-6 music therapists/music therapy students. Prior to each
workshop, participants will be asked to watch a 10-minute video demonstration of the most recent
version of the app, and to fill an online survey.
During the workshops, participants will be asked to provide feedback on the most recent version of the
app. They will also be asked to work with the research team to come up with design specifications, and
to create solutions to specific design problems related to the app. After each workshop, participants will
be asked to complete an anonymous online survey to help determine priorities for implementation, and
to give feedback about the co-creation process.


Interested in participating

If you are interested in participating in this study or have additional questions, please contact Fanny
Hotzé at or 416-425-6220 x6459 with your interest, and she will get back
to your shortly. Contacting us does not obligate you or your child to participate in the study.

Learn more about this study