Ability or Disability - Design for Whom?

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Abstract

The dilemma addressed is how private homes and their residents change when the home becomes a hybrid of both workspace and private space. When assistive
technologies designed for institutions enter the home, the everyday practices
of disabled persons and their relatives change in interaction with both the
institutionalized artefacts and with the multiple actors involved in domiciliary
care. Based on ethnographic research of two implementations of assistive
technologies in Denmark, the article discusses this dilemma and how it provides
the opportunity to rethink how assistive technologies are shaped in the interplay
with everyday life in private homes. Through an emphasis on embodiment, script
and domestication, the authors illustrate how relations are developed or not
developed between the disabled person and the non-human artefacts.
Original languageEnglish
JournalScandinavian Journal of Disability Research
Volume16
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)267-279
ISSN1501-7419
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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