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Users' Perceptions of Environmental Control Systems

Judge, Simon, Robertson, Zoe and Hawley, Mark (2009) Users' Perceptions of Environmental Control Systems. In: Emiliani, Pier L., Burzagli, Laura, Como, Andrea, Gabbanini, Francesco and Salminen, Anna-Liisa, (eds.) Assistive Technology from Adapted Equipment to Inclusive Environments - AAATE 2009. AAATE 2009, August 31st - September 2nd 2009, Florence, Italy. IOS Press , Nieuwe Hemweg 6B 1013 BG Amsterdam The Netherlands , pp. 426-431. ISBN 978-1-60750-042-1

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Abstract

This paper presents users' perceptions of the benefits and challenges of environmental control systems, the data having been collected as part of a project developing a new speech-driven environmental control system. The first stage of this project collected data from existing users of speech-driven environmental control systems and provided information for the specification for the new device. A secondary analysis of this data revealed perceptions about environmental control systems in general and the results are presented here. Independence and control emerged as a key aspect of environmental control systems. In addition it was possible to identify other themes around topics such as perceptions of service delivery and provision. It can be easy for a non disabled person to overlook the importance of being able to independently change the television channel or make a phone call and this data reinforces the importance of this to people who use environmental control systems.

Item Type: Proceedings Paper
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2009 IOS Press. This is an author produced version of a paper subsequently published in Assistive Technology from Adapted Equipment to Inclusive Environments . Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: environmental control user involvement
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health (Sheffield) > School of Health and Related Research (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Mr Simon Judge
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2010 12:00
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 16:59
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/978-1-60750-042-1-426
Status: Published
Publisher: IOS Press
Refereed: No
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/10282

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