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ERIC Number: ED348832
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Pages: 45
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Increasing Independence through Technology: The Views of Older Consumers with Disabilities and Their Caregivers. Consumer Needs Assessment Project Year 3: Results of the Third Year of a Five Year Study.
Ward, Carolyn
The goal of this third year of an ongoing 5-year study was to identify and evaluate the diverse technology and product needs of persons with functional limitations, from users' perspectives. This qualitative research study involved 14 focus groups representing 4 different categories of people; those included persons 50 years and older with sensory impairments, mobility limitations, or manual dexterity losses, or caregivers of older persons with disabilities. The study examined: group demographics; consumer needs that supersede product concerns; older consumers' orientation to technology; attitudes towards work and the workplace; product features, such as cost, safety, and ease of use; product selection criteria; consumer observations about mobility devices and communication tools; information channels for learning about consumer products; general recommendations for product improvement; creative solutions to consumer needs; and "wish list" items. The study concluded that orientation to technologies did not appear to be a function of age, that design features were the most formidable obstacles to product use, and that a sense of autonomy was important to older people with functional limitations. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Electronic Industries Foundation, Washington, DC. Rehabilitation Engineering Center.
Note: For related documents, see EC 301 455-458.