The influence of social context on the perception of assistive technology: The influence of social context on the perception of assistive technology

Salman Asghar, George Edward Torrens, Hassan Iftikhar, Ruth Welsh, Robert Harland

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Abstract

A Society's view of disability may influence the perception and use of Assistive Technology (AT) products. Semantic cues or cultural coding provide the viewer with a series of visual stimuli to be given or ascribed meaning. Previous research has shown cognitive approaches to visual perception and assignment of meaning vary between diverse cultures. This study reviews the influence of contextual settings on perception, to provide the basis for a debate on the societal perception of communicative content (semantic/meaning) of an AT product; and, the relevance of different cultural cognitive styles. The paper explores, from a cultural viewpoint, the overall understanding of disability internationally.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)563-576
Number of pages14
JournalDisability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology
Volume15
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019

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