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Assessment of Functional Communication Skills in Institutionalized and Non-Institutionalized Elderly Subjects Using the Spontaneous Speech and Auditory Comprehension Subtests of the Western Aphasia Battery

Description: The purpose of this study was to determine if there is a difference in functional communication skills between elderly persons in nursing homes and those living independently in the community. Thirty non-institutionalized elderly subjects were given the Western Aphasia Battery (WAB) screening tool. These scores were compared to WAB screening scores obtained from 20 institutionalized subjects. The difference between these scores was statistically significant. The institutionalized subjects' scores were also correlated with a Facilitators Evaluation of Communication Skills (FECS) inventory. Results showed a moderate correlation between the institutionalized subjects' WAB screening score and their FECS rating. The benefits of a screening tool for elderly populations are discussed.
Date: August 1990
Creator: Cutshaw, Laura M. (Laura Marie)
Partner: UNT Libraries
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Computerized voice recognition and environmental control with a person who is severely physically involved and profoundly mentally retarded

Description: The problem of this study was to conduct a systematic application and evaluation of the appropriateness of a computerized voice control system with a subject having the severe multihandicaps of profound mental retardation, quadriplegia, and limited communication skills. This research was an effort to establish if a computer could compensate for some of the physical limitations of the subject.
Date: May 1985
Creator: Brown, Carrie Costello
Partner: UNT Libraries

[Photographs of the Spyri family]

Description: Photographs of the Spyri family. (L-R) First image label, J GANZ Phot. Zurich. Annt of Johannah Spyri Tanta Rageli. Second image label, Mother of Johannah Spyri Meta Heusser-An Author. Third image label, Johannah Spyri. Fourth image label, The small son of Madame Spyri who died young. Written on the fourth image reads, "Bernhard Spyri."
Date: unknown
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Boy in blue]

Description: Photograph of a boy in a blue shirt standing in front of a coffee table and boxes. His hands are in his pockets and he's not quite smiling.
Date: 1990/1999
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[A boy and a dog laying in hay, 5]

Description: Photograph of a boy and a dog laying together in a pile of hay. The boy is laying on his side while the dog is laying on their stomach. The boy is laying, facing the dog, and has his eyes closed. The photograph was taken from an angle looking downward at the two of them.
Date: [1939..1989]
Creator: Clark, Joe
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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Factors Influencing Older Adults' Patterns of Information Acquisition

Description: A group of 101 older adults (sixty-five years of age and over) who lived independently in three retirement apartment residences in Denton, Texas, were asked about their patterns of reading, television viewing, and radio listening habits for two periods in their lives: (1) at age forty to fifty-five and (2) at the present. Respondents were asked about their use of external information sources (public library, grocery store, newsstand, etc.) and their use of proximate information sources (radio, friends/relatives, television, etc.) They were also asked about access to transportation, income satisfaction, status of general health, vision, hearing, physical mobility and reasons for utilizing various information sources. Four hypotheses relating changes in health, environment, economic status, and education to reasons for reading and use of information sources were tested through the use of t-tests, regression analysis and analysis of variance. Within this group of older adults, use of external information sources decreased from the past to the present. There was, however, no change in the use of information sources located in or near the residence as difficulties in these areas increased. A relationship was found between educational level and reading for pleasure earlier in life. Also, those with higher educational levels reported fewer differences in their reasons for reading in the present and in the past.
Date: May 1989
Creator: Barnett, Mary Jane, 1952-
Partner: UNT Libraries
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Analysis of the Housing Status of the Elderly

Description: Quality of housing was examined in relation to living arrangement, race, socioeconomic status, age, gender, income, health, and renter-owner status. There appeared to be differences in housing quality for those of younger ages, females, and owners. White subjects occupied good quality housing while Blacks occupied fair quality housing. Proportion of income allocated to housing was examined by renter-owner status, race, gender and living arrangement. Renters allocated an average of 34 per cent compared to 17 per cent for owners. Females living alone occupied good quality housing, committed the highest proportion of income to housing, and one-third had incomes below the poverty threshold while two-thirds were near poverty. Subjects allocated more for utilities than others over sixty-five, nationally.
Date: August 1982
Creator: Astler, Char Rae Long
Partner: UNT Libraries

[Two boys in a yard]

Description: Photograph of two boys standing outside in a yard. They are standing side-by-side, facing the camera. One of the boys is looking down at the ground while the other looks at the camera. Two houses can be seen behind them.
Date: [1940..]
Creator: Williams, Byrd M. (Byrd Moore), III
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Two boys playing outdoors]

Description: Photograph of two boys playing outdoors. They are kneeling behind a piece from a wooden fence. An upsidedown metal bucket rests on the ground in front of one of the boys. They appear to be playing in a yard.
Date: [1944..]
Creator: Williams, Byrd M. (Byrd Moore), III
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Young boy playing outdoors]

Description: Photograph of a boy playing outdoors in a yard. He is leaning over and holding onto a wooden structure. The boy is wearing loose pants with a dark jean jacket. A fence is visible behind him.
Date: [1940..]
Creator: Williams, Byrd M. (Byrd Moore), III
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Photograph of a little boy in shorts]

Description: Photograph of a little boy in shorts. He stands on a covered porch, just outside the doorway of a house. A row of empty milk bottles sits to his left, on the entrance of the porch. A small, round rug with fringe sits on the floor inside the house.
Date: [1940..1960]
Creator: Williams, Byrd M. (Byrd Moore), III
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

Trans Accessible Libraries Initiative

Description: Presentation with speakers' notes describing the Trans Accessible Libraries Initiative at the University of North Texas Libraries. This initiative uses findings documented in recent studies addressing information seeking behaviors of transgender persons and their perceptions of the library to provide more equitable access to their services and collections. The presentation shares the needs assessment, collection development process, promotion and outreach, and next steps related to this initiative in hopes that other libraries can modify them to serve marginalized populations in their communities.
Date: July 23, 2021
Creator: Condrey, Coby & Leuzinger, Julie
Partner: UNT Libraries

[Photograph of elephants walking past a crowd]

Description: Photograph of two elephants being led down a street past a large crowd of individuals. A man walks in front of them, wearing a wide-brimmed hat and carrying a large, hooked cane. Men, women, and children are gathered on the left. The roof of a small structure is visible behind them. Many powerlines stretch across the cloudy sky and fade into the distance.
Date: [1930..1960]
Creator: Williams, Byrd M. (Byrd Moore), III
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Girl in glasses and suspenders #1]

Description: Portrait of a young girl smiling at the camera. She is wearing glasses, patterned shirt, and suspenders. She has dark short hair that is curled at the ends. Freckles can be seen on her nose and under her eyes.
Date: [1940..1960]
Creator: Williams, Byrd M. (Byrd Moore), III
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[A boy in a neighborhood]

Description: Photograph of a young boy standing outside in a neighborhood. The image is very blurry and the details of the image are not discernible. The boy is wearing a white short sleeve t-shirt and jeans and he is looking down at his hands which he is holding in front of him. There are is a street on the right side of the image and on the opposite side of the street are one story houses.
Date: [1950..1965]
Creator: Williams, Byrd M. (Byrd Moore), IV, 1951-
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Girl in glasses and suspenders #5]

Description: Portrait of a young girl looking at the camera with a blank expression on her face. She is wearing glasses, patterned shirt, and suspenders. She has dark short hair that is curled at the ends. Freckles can be seen on her nose and under her eyes.
Date: [1940..1960]
Creator: Williams, Byrd M. (Byrd Moore), III
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Girl in glasses and suspenders #8]

Description: Portrait of a young girl smiling and looking off to the side. Her body is facing the camera, but her head is turned. She is wearing glasses, patterned shirt, and suspenders. She has dark short hair that is curled at the ends. Freckles can be seen on her nose and under her eyes.
Date: [1940..1960]
Creator: Williams, Byrd M. (Byrd Moore), III
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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