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Technology and Disability communicates knowledge about the field of assistive technology devices and services, within the context of the lives of end users - persons with disabilities and their family members. While the topics are technical in nature, the articles are written for broad comprehension despite the reader's education or training.
Technology and Disability's contents cover research and development efforts, education and training programs, service and policy activities and consumer experiences.
The term Technology refers to assistive devices and services.
- The term Disability refers to both permanent and temporary functional limitations experienced by people of any age within any circumstance.
- The term and underscores the editorial commitment to seek for articles which see technology linked to disability as a means to support or compensate the person in daily functioning.
The Editor also attempts to link the themes of technology and disability through the selection of appropriate basic and applied research papers, review articles, case studies, programme descriptions, letters to the Editor and commentaries. Suggestions for thematic issues and proposed manuscripts are welcomed.
Abstract: Sustaining adults experiencing dementia in the community requires interagency and intraagency collaboration. Information and communication technologies (ICT) potentially contribute positively to this scenario, assisting with risk management, supporting individual autonomous environmental interaction and informing the care process. The ubiquitous home has emerged utilising discrete sensor devices, networked to the care provider generating both synchronous and asynchronous data reflecting in-house tenant activity. This paper reports the findings of a qualitative study investigating care staff perspectives on user interface design, and critical core information to deliver an embedded ICT solution. The research was undertaken at a community based supported housing scheme for…adults with dementia. Each dwelling incorporates best practice housing design for adults with dementia, complimented with a range of discrete sensors networked to the onsite staff office. The scheme strives to support tenant routine activity with daily living tasks, whilst minimising staff intrusion. Synchronous computer generated information notifies staff about tenant routine activity, deviations outside the norm and specified alerts relating to risk scenarios. The findings of this study advanced staff user interface design, database software application and subsequently influenced how computational data is used to provide evidence to both inform the tenant care plan and adjust care provision.