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Exploring the Design of Technologies and Services that Support Do-It-Yourself Assistive Technology Practice

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Jonathan Hook, Sanne Verbaan, Emeritus Professor Pete Wright, Professor Patrick OlivierORCiD


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The term Do It Yourself (DIY) assistive technology refers to the creation and adaptation of assistive devices by non-professionals, such as people with disabilities and their families, friends and carers. Previous research has argued that the development of technologies and services that empower people to make their own DIY assistive technology might lead to the development of assistive devices that are tailored to meet the complex needs of individual disabled people, at a low cost and within a short timescale. In this paper, we describe our ongoing research into the design of interactive technologies and services that will support and empower people to make such DIY assistive technology for children with disabilities.

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Author(s): Hook J, Verbaan S, Wright P, Olivier P

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: DE2013: The Fourth Annual Digital Economy All Hands Conference

Year of Conference: 2013