Putting technology to work: Connecting people to the community through work

de Jonge, Desleigh, Scherer, Marcia and Rodger, Sylvia (2006). Putting technology to work: Connecting people to the community through work. In: Proceedings of: ARATA 2006 National Conference, Connecting People and Community Through Technology. ARATA 2006 National Conference, Connecting People and Community Through Technology, Freemantle, WA, (). 17-20 October 2006.


Author de Jonge, Desleigh
Scherer, Marcia
Rodger, Sylvia
Title of paper Putting technology to work: Connecting people to the community through work
Conference name ARATA 2006 National Conference, Connecting People and Community Through Technology
Conference location Freemantle, WA
Conference dates 17-20 October 2006
Proceedings title Proceedings of: ARATA 2006 National Conference, Connecting People and Community Through Technology
Place of Publication Ausralia
Publisher Australian Rehabilitation & Assistive Technology Association
Publication Year 2006
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 0-646-46485-X
Language eng
Abstract/Summary When technologies are well chosen and supported, they can have a significant impact on the working life of people with disabilities and their capacity to stay connected with their community through work. This presentation will examine the importance of customising and adjusting technology to ensure assistive technology users remain healthy and productive in the workplace. It will explore the experiences of twenty-six assistive technology users with a range of physical impairments as they endeavour to optimise their contribution in the workplace using technology. Many users found that they continued to experience discomfort and pain in using their technology and that this impacted on their productivity and well-being. While some employed a range of strategies to address this, others struggled on with ill-fitting systems. With a limited understanding of increasingly complex technologies, many also found they were not well equipped to adjust their technology to meet their specific requirements. 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 growing sense of isolation. This presentation will examine how these issues can be addressed to enable people with disabilities to participate equitably in the work community
Subjects 11 Medical and Health Sciences
1117 Public Health and Health Services
Q-Index Code EX
Additional Notes Format: CD-ROM

 
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