Sound-Based Technologies and Strategies Used for Community Mobility by Adults with Vision Disability
Bruce, Carrie M.
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This investigation specifically examined adults’ self-reported use and usefulness of technologies (personal and public) and compensatory strategies for community mobility. The first study consisted of interviews with older adults to establish an awareness of reported sound-based technology and strategy practices, and observe mobility behaviors in context. These interviews helped inform a survey that was sent to a broader audience of younger and older adults to get further details about technologies and strategies used, problems experienced during community mobility, and suggestions for technology improvements. Our third study was a set of interviews focused on understanding the concept of confidence as it relates to community mobility and the supporting role that technologies and strategies play.