Computer Use by Middle-Aged and Older Adults With DisabilitiesBy Belchior, Patricia C.; Mann, William C.; RESNA 27th International Annual Conference 2004: Technology & Disability: Research, Design, Practice, & Policy,
Publication Date: 2004
Study in which researchers surveyed 667 older people with disabilities to better understand how they use their computer, why some do not use a computer, and their perception of computer accessibility. Survey methodology was employed, and descriptive statistics were used to report respondent statistics. Quantitative results are presented in table format. Results indicated that using a computer to contact others beyond the home was important for all participants. Non-computer users reported that cost, lack of knowledge, and lack of perceived need were their main reasons for not using a computer. The authors contend that the need for assessment and advice on workstation and computer setup is evident for a large number of people who reported discomfort and problems during computer use.
Published by: Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) (Website:http://www.resna.org)