Recognizing Everyday Information Technologies as Assistive Technologies for Persons with Cognitive Disabilities
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.
KeywordsIntellectual and developmental disability Dementia Cognitive assistive technology Information and communication technology
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