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Putting technology to work: Users' perspective on integrating assistive technology into the workplace

de Jonge, D., Rodger, S., Fitzgibbon, H.,

Academic Literature

2001

This qualitative study examined the experiences of people with disabilities who use assistive technology in open employment. This study aims to describe and understand the factors the participants perceived as important in integrating technology into the workplace, as well as the barriers encountered in the process. Fifteen people with a range of acquired and congenital disabilities as well as their employers (8) or co-workers (4) were interviewed. Emergent themes related to the integration of assistive technology were software compatibility, Information Technology (IT) and product support, and the interaction between technology and the work environment. Participants also reported on the impact of technology on their performance and comfort at work, as well as dealing with people and processes in the workplace. By identifying the issues and support strategies for technology users in the workplace, appropriate measures can be implemented.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Work

Location : International

Domain/s: Economic participation, Transport and communication

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