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In the Shadow of Misperception: Assistive Technology Use and Social Interactions
 

Summary: In the Shadow of Misperception:
Assistive Technology Use and Social Interactions
Kristen Shinohara and Jacob O. Wobbrock
The Information School
DUB Group
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
{kshino, wobbrock}@uw.edu
ABSTRACT
Few research studies focus on how the use of assistive
technologies is affected by social interaction among people.
We present an interview study of 20 individuals to
determine how assistive technology use is affected by social
and professional contexts and interactions. We found that
specific assistive devices sometimes marked their users as
having disabilities; that functional access took priority over
feeling self-conscious when using assistive technologies;
and that two misperceptions pervaded assistive technology
use: (1) that assistive devices could functionally eliminate a
disability, and (2) that people with disabilities would be

  

Source: Anderson, Richard - Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington at Seattle

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences