How power wheelchair users choose computing devices

Patrick Carrington, Amy Hurst, Shaun K. Kane

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Abstract

People with motor impairments experience a range of challenges when interacting with computers. While much prior research has explored the effects of motor impairments on accessing computer input devices, such as keyboards, mice, and touch screens, we know relatively little about how real world use of a wheelchair affects why people in power wheelchairs choose specific computing devices, and how they switch between such devices. We interviewed 8 power wheelchair users about their use of computers and mobile devices. We found that participants often had difficulty switching between the various devices in their life, and that technology use was especially challenging on the go. Our findings suggest that there are numerous opportunities to make computing more wheelchair-friendly, by consolidating devices, improving reachability and portability of devices, and by creating technology that is robust to the challenges of moving around in a wheelchair.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 15th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS 2013
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 18 2013
Event15th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS 2013 - Bellevue, WA, United States
Duration: Oct 21 2013Oct 23 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 15th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS 2013

Conference

Conference15th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS 2013
CountryUnited States
CityBellevue, WA
Period10/21/1310/23/13

Keywords

  • Mobile
  • Technology use
  • Wheelchair

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Software

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    Carrington, P., Hurst, A., & Kane, S. K. (2013). How power wheelchair users choose computing devices. In Proceedings of the 15th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS 2013 [52] (Proceedings of the 15th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS 2013). https://doi.org/10.1145/2513383.2513426