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Exploring the Potential of Wearables to Support Employment for People with Mild Cognitive Impairment

Victor Dibia, Shari Trewin, Maryam Ashoori and Thomas Erickson

The 17th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility - Posters and Demos (ASSETS 2015)
Lisbon, Portugal, October 26-28, 2015


Summary

We interviewed adults with mild cognitive impairment working in a sheltered workshop and three support professionals about competitive employment in the community, and concerns or barriers they may have. While individuals were most concerned about managing their health, professionals also described personal safety and productivity challenges. Families' worries about the safety of their family members were reported to be a barrier to competitive employment. Using a smart watch as a technology probe, we identified three potential applications of wearable technology in tackling these challenges: health support, family support, and productivity support.


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