Assistive technology abandonment: research realities and potentials

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Abandonment of assistive technologies (ATs) is a serious problem – rates of abandonment can be high, 78% has been reported for hearing aids. The paper argues for the importance of studying the abandonment of ATs by col-lecting real-time data about the use and non-use of ATs in the lived experi-ence of their users. In the AART-BC Project, we are studying the use and abandonment of mobility ATs including wheelchairs, walkers and prosthe-ses. We present two apps, ESMMobilityAT and ProbMobilityAT to facili-tate the collection of real-time data about mobility AT use and problems encountered with these ATs. ESMMobilityAT is based on the experience sampling method (ESM) and asks mobility AT users to answer a short ques-tionnaire about their AT use seven times a day. ProbMobilityAT allows mobility AT users to report problems with their AT when they occur. The apps have been successfully piloted on Android and IOS smartphones, alt-hough a number of problems with deployment have been highlighted. They will now be used in a field study with mobility AT uses and can be adapted for other AT domains.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 16th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs (ICCHP 2018). LNCS 10897.
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jul 2018

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