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Autonomy support for elderly people through everyday life gadgets

: Hornung, D.; Müller, C.; Boden, A.; Stein, M.


Lukosch, S. ; Association for Computing Machinery -ACM-; Association for Computing Machinery -ACM-, Special Interest Group on Computer and Human Interaction -SIGCHI-:
GROUP 2016, 19th International Conference on Supporting Group Work. Proceedings : Sanibel Island, Florida, USA, November 13 - 16, 2016
New York: ACM, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-4503-4276-6
International Conference on Supporting Group Work (GROUP) <19, 2016, Sanibel Island/Fla.>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer FIT ()

Research in the field of assistive technologies often claims to support their target group's autonomy. However, autonomy is mostly interpreted by the researchers and designers as independence or its meaning is not further specified. There are few studies where the users' perception and interpretation of autonomy is taken into account. Hence, technology for supporting autonomy is often rather intricate and based on a generalized notion of autonomy. We argue that autonomy contains more dimensions than just mere independence. Furthermore, we argue that the perception of autonomy is individually differing and focussing on small, individual solutions my help in shaping autonomy support on an individual level.