Recognizing Everyday Information Technologies as Assistive Technologies for Persons with Cognitive Disabilities

  • Jessica Nicole Rocheleau
  • Virginie Cobigo
  • Hajer Chalghoumi
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10896)


In this short paper, we shed light on the potential for everyday Information Technologies (IT) to serve as Assistive Technologies for Cognition (ATC) for persons with cognitive disabilities. We present the results of a review and thematic analysis of definitions of ATC included in peer-reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings published within the last decade. We then provide a critical analysis of researchers’ descriptions of ATC, emphasizing the need for definitions of these technologies that are inclusive of everyday IT. The discussion provided in this paper may serve to broaden current conceptualizations of ATC and IT, thus promoting greater access and accessibility of technologies for persons with cognitive disabilities.


Intellectual and developmental disability Dementia Cognitive assistive technology Information and communication technology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jessica Nicole Rocheleau
    • 1
  • Virginie Cobigo
    • 2
  • Hajer Chalghoumi
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Computer ScienceCarleton UniversityOttawaCanada
  2. 2.School of PsychologyUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada

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