Accessing InterACTion: Ageing with Technologies and the Place of Access

  • Constance LafontaineEmail author
  • Kim Sawchuk
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9193)


In this paper, we reflect upon our participation in a pilot digital literacy project titled InterACTion currently being deployed in low-income housing for seniors the city of Montreal. To assess the complexities of access with respect to ageing in this real world setting, we draw upon Clement and Shade’s ‘Access Rainbow Model.’ We use the InterACTion project as a case study and formulate seven lessons that we have gleaned in the carrying out of the project, each of them working to display intricacies of access within a context of precarious ageing and situated engagements with technologies. Our interest in drawing from the model lies in our understanding of access a multi-layered concept that relies both on the establishment of technical requirements and on a host of entangled conditions that are crucial in determining an individual’s ability to use digital technologies.


Access rainbow Access Digital literacy Place Ageing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Communication StudiesConcordia UniversityMontrealCanada

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