An investigation into appropriation of portable smart devices by users with aphasia

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As part of ongoing research we analysed user experience of a group of people with aphasia by applying the Technology Appropriation Model. Appropriation is defined as the way in which users adapt the functionality of technology to suit their needs, often in ways the designers would not have predicted. Currently over 250,000 people in the UK and 1,000,000 people in the US have aphasia. We discovered that Appropriation analysis can be a useful tool for requirements analysis of software, especially in cases where the user has trouble communicating about abstract or imagined scenarios, as is the case for many with Aphasia. We also discovered that Appropriation often stems from the user not knowing the full capabilities of the device or what applications are already available.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASSETS '15 Proceedings of the 17th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers & Accessibility
Pages323-324
Number of pages2
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2015
EventASSETS '15 - Lisbon, Portugal

Conference

ConferenceASSETS '15
CountryPortugal
CityLisbon
Period26/10/1528/10/15

    Research areas

  • smart devices, portable smart devices, software analysis

Bibliographical note

© ACM, 2015. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of ACM for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in ASSETS '15 Proceedings of the 17th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers & Accessibility http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/2700648.2811360

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