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Consumer-identified barriers and strategies for optimizing technology use in the workplace

De Jonge, D. M., Rodger, S. A.,

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This article explores the experiences of 26 assistive technology (AT) users having a range of physical impairments as they optimized their use of technology in the workplace.

Participants identified many factors that limited their use of technology such as discomfort and pain, limited knowledge of the technology's features, and the complexity of the technology. The amount of time required for training, limited work time available for mastery, cost of training and limitations of the training provided, resulted in an over-reliance on trial and error and informal support networks and a sense of isolation. AT users enhanced their use of technology by addressing the ergonomics of the workstation and customizing the technology to address individual needs and strategies. Other key strategies included tailored training and learning support as well as opportunities to practice using the technology and explore its features away from work demands.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology

Location : International

Domain/s: Education, Economic participation, Transport and communication

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