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IMPORTANT FACTORS IN THE DESIGN OF ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY TO AVOID THE STIGMATIZATION OF USERS


Abstract Some disabled users of assistive technologies (AT) have expressed concerns that their use of those AT devices brings particular attention to their disability and, in doing so, stigmatizes them in the eyes of their peers. This research studies how a wide range of design factors, influence how positively or negatively users of wearable technologies are perceived, by others. These factors are studied by asking survey respondents to estimate the degree to which they perceive disabilities in users of various products. The survey was given to 34 undergraduate Product Design students, and employed 40 pictures, each of which showed one person using a product. Some of these products were assistive technology devices, and some were not. Respondents u... (more)
Created Date 2014
Contributor Valamanesh, Ronak (Author) / Velasquez, Joseph (Advisor) / Black, John (Committee member) / Herring, Donald (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Design / Behavioral sciences / Health care management / Assistive technology / product design / Stigma / wearable
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 119 pages
Language English
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Note M.S.D. Design 2014
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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