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Seniors in Australia: computer access patterns and barriers

conference contribution
posted on 2006-01-01, 00:00 authored by Janet Owens, Kaye Smith
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.

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Event

Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America Conference (2006: Atlanta, Ga.)

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RESNA

Location

Atlanta, USA

Place of publication

Arlington, Va.

Start date

2006-06-22

End date

2006-06-26

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1 Full written paper - refereed

Editor/Contributor(s)

D Anson

Title of proceedings

RESNA 2006 Conference: Thriving in Challenging Times the Futire of Rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology.

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