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Ability to use everyday technology

Published: 10 March 2011

The use of everyday technology is an integral part of most activities in the home, the workplace and in society and can therefore be regarded as an important prerequisite for man's opportunity to participate in his life situation.

Everyday technology (VT) ie. technical, mechanical and electronic products or services include everything from well-known technology such as coffee makers to more recently developed technologies such as mobile phones, computers and Internet services. There is a belief that VT has the potential to facilitate daily life and to compensate for limitations that arise in the case of disabilities, for example. after acquired brain injury (FHS). However, the use of technology demands skills that are often limited in brain damage and the knowledge of the potential of brain damage as a user of technology is inadequate. The lack of knowledge can prevent them from being able to use the technology already in their everyday lives in an optimal way, which can be a risk factor for exclusion from activities in daily life, for dependence on others, for participation restrictions and for social exclusion. Knowledge of their potential to use VT that they already possess to compensate for their difficulties in daily activities is also inadequate. This may lead to the conditions that VT has to function as electronic technology support is not utilized in the rehabilitation work.

The overall aim of the project is to develop new knowledge about the ability to use everyday technology in people with Acquired Brain Injury in working age to strengthen their opportunities for activities in daily life and to remove obstacles to participation in the life situation. The project also aims to develop methods and guidelines for how people with FHS use of VT can best be supported in rehabilitation.

The knowledge gained through the project can be used at the individual level as a basis for designing intervention programs that support persons with FHS use of VT and at the community level to adapt and influence the design of VT in order to make these more cognitively accessible so that use is facilitated and made safer.

 

Project leader: Maria Larsson-Lund