A study of the challenges related to DIY assistive technology in the context of children with disabilities

Hook, Jonathan, Verbaan, Sanne, Durrant, Abigail, Olivier, Patrick and Wright, Peter (2014) A study of the challenges related to DIY assistive technology in the context of children with disabilities. In: Proceedings of the 2014 conference on Designing interactive systems - DIS '14. Association for Computing Machinery, pp. 597-606. ISBN 978-1-4503-2902-6

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The term Do It Yourself Assistive Technology (DIY-AT) refers to the creation and adaptation of AT by non-professionals, including people with disabilities and their families, friends and caregivers. Previous research has argued that the development of technologies and services that enable people to make their own DIY-AT will lead to the rapid and low cost development of assistive devices that are tailored to meet the complex needs of individual people with disabilities. We present the results of a qualitative study that explored challenges related to the process of making DIY-AT for children with disabilities. A series of eleven semi-structured interviews with a broad range of stakeholders involved in the current use, provision and adaptation of AT for children with disabilities revealed a number of challenges relating to the prevalence and scope of ongoing DIY-AT practice, barriers to participation, and the challenges faced by makers and users of DIY-AT.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2018 10:08
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 12:47
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/37166

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