Are mainstream mobile technologies bringing about new opportunities for people with disabilities? Insights from three case studies

Valerio Gower, Claudia Salatino, Lucia Pigini, Antonio Caracciolo

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Abstract

The market of mobile technologies has considerably increased in the past few years and the costs have consequently decreased. This rapid technological evolution can be seen in two different ways from the perspective of people with disability: on the one side it represents a great opportunity to create new solutions for improving independence; on the other it may represent a source of social exclusion if appropriate assistive solutions are not available to make technology usable by people with disability. This paper describe three case studies of persons with disabilities that have undergone an Assistive Technology assessment at the DAT service of Fondazione Don Gnocchi (Milan, Italy) involving the use of mobile ICT based Assistive Technologies. In all the three cases the appropriate solution for performing the desired activities is represented by a combination of mainstream products and assistive products. The three use cases described support the idea that mobile technologies can be powerful and versatile instruments to create assistive solutions for improving independence in daily life.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
PublisherIOS Press
Pages119-126
Number of pages8
Volume217
ISBN (Print)9781614995654
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event13th European Conference on the Advancement of Assistive Technology, AAATE 2015 - Budapest, Hungary
Duration: Sep 9 2015Sep 12 2015

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Volume217
ISSN (Print)09269630
ISSN (Electronic)18798365

Other

Other13th European Conference on the Advancement of Assistive Technology, AAATE 2015
CountryHungary
CityBudapest
Period9/9/159/12/15

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Keywords

  • Assistive technology assessment
  • Case studies
  • ICT assistive technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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Gower, V., Salatino, C., Pigini, L., & Caracciolo, A. (2015). Are mainstream mobile technologies bringing about new opportunities for people with disabilities? Insights from three case studies. In Studies in Health Technology and Informatics (Vol. 217, pp. 119-126). (Studies in Health Technology and Informatics; Vol. 217). IOS Press. https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-566-1-119