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Seniors in Australia: computer access patterns and barriers

Owens, Janet and Smith, Kaye 2006, Seniors in Australia: computer access patterns and barriers, in RESNA 2006 Conference: Thriving in Challenging Times the Futire of Rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology., RESNA, Arlington, Va..

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Title Seniors in Australia: computer access patterns and barriers
Author(s) Owens, Janet
Smith, Kaye
Conference name Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America Conference (2006: Atlanta, Ga.)
Conference location Atlanta, USA
Conference dates June 22-26 2006
Title of proceedings RESNA 2006 Conference: Thriving in Challenging Times the Futire of Rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology.
Editor(s) Anson, Denis
Publication date 2006
Conference series Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America Conference
Publisher RESNA
Place of publication Arlington, Va.
Summary Australia has an aging population with a subsequent increase in the number of people with acquired impairments who are at risk of being excluded from accessing technology. While technology can improve communication and information options for seniors, usage patterns and access barriers need to be assessed so that requirements can be met. This paper reports on the outcomes of a government funded study aimed at determining computer and Internet access use and barriers for seniors. Participants were 238 Seniors aged 60 and over who completed a survey; of these 30% indicated they had one or more impairments. Barriers identified related to cost; lack of information, training, access (at home or in the community), and interest; and attitudes related to age.
Language eng
Field of Research 160808 Sociology and Social Studies of Science and Technology
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30006125

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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