Seamless journeys : enhancing accessibility to work through digital technologies for people with mobility-related impairments

Chamorro-Koc, Marianella, Stafford, Lisa, & Adkins, Barbara A. (2015) Seamless journeys : enhancing accessibility to work through digital technologies for people with mobility-related impairments. In Popovic, Vesna, Blackler, Alethea L., Luh, Ding-Bang, Nimkulrat, Nithikul, Kraal, Ben J., & Nagai, Yukari (Eds.) Proceedings of the 6th IASDR (The International Association of Societies of Design Research Congress), IASDR (The International Association of Societies of Design Research), Brisbane, Australia, pp. 298-310.

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Abstract

Numerous disruptions and barriers are encountered by persons with mobility-related disabilities in their daily’s experience of going to work and the pressure these exert on gaining and maintaining their employment. The nature and extent of their difficulties to workforce participation entails a requirement for extensive planning and also strategies to address problems of being stranded (for example, when the bus they are waiting for is not accessible). This paper presents the conceptualisation and methods of understanding workforce participation as a journey, and a discussion on the role digital technologies play in helping people with mobility-related disabilities in their journeys to work and mitigating disruptions when these occur. This is presented through an initial case study that helped identify the sequence of supports needed to be in place to make the work journey possible. Importantly, the paper also highlights points of intervention for the use of digital technologies and where design can potentially help to enhance accessibility to work for people with mobility-related impairments by making journeys to work seamless.

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ID Code: 92628
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: mobility, digital technologies, disability, accessibility to work
ISBN: 978-0-646-94318-3
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 [Please consult the author]
Deposited On: 04 Feb 2016 04:31
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2016 01:20

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