Let's get lost: Exploring social norms in predominately blind environments

William Easley, Michele A. Williams, Ali Abdolrahmani, Caroline Galbraith, Stacy M. Branham, Amy Hurst, Shaun K. Kane

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Abstract

The ability for one to navigate independently can be essential to maintaining employment, taking care of oneself, and leading a fulfilling life. However, for people who are blind, navigation-related tasks in public spaces-such as locating an empty seat-can be difficult without appropriate tools, training, or social context. We present a study of social norms in environments with predominately blind navigators and discuss how these may differ from what sighted people expect. Based on these findings, we advocate for the creation of more pervasive technologies to help bridge the gap between social norms when people with visual impairments are in predominately sighted environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCHI EA 2016
Subtitle of host publication#chi4good - Extended Abstracts, 34th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages2034-2040
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781450340823
DOIs
StatePublished - May 7 2016
Event34th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2016 - San Jose, United States
Duration: May 7 2016May 12 2016

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings
Volume07-12-May-2016

Other

Other34th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2016
CountryUnited States
CitySan Jose
Period5/7/165/12/16

Keywords

  • Blind navigation
  • People with vision impairments
  • Social stigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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    Easley, W., Williams, M. A., Abdolrahmani, A., Galbraith, C., Branham, S. M., Hurst, A., & Kane, S. K. (2016). Let's get lost: Exploring social norms in predominately blind environments. In CHI EA 2016: #chi4good - Extended Abstracts, 34th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 2034-2040). (Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings; Vol. 07-12-May-2016). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/2851581.2892470