The Convergence and Mainstreaming of Integrated Home Technologies for People with Disability

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Layton, Natasha and Steel, Emily. 2019. "The Convergence and Mainstreaming of Integrated Home Technologies for People with Disability ." Societies. 9 (4), pp. 1-11. https://doi.org/10.3390/soc9040069
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The Convergence and Mainstreaming of Integrated Home Technologies for People with Disability

ERA Journal ID211363
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsLayton, Natasha and Steel, Emily
Journal TitleSocieties
Journal Citation9 (4), pp. 1-11
Article Number69
Number of Pages11
YearDec 2019
PublisherMDPI AG
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
ISSN2075-4698
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3390/soc9040069
Web Address (URL)https://www.mdpi.com/2075-4698/9/4/69
Abstract

If human rights begin in small places close to home, technologies that enable people with disability to access and control their home environments are an important human rights instrument. Smart homes exemplify recent advances in design, building construction, and integration of technologies within the built environment. They draw on multiple social and technical disciplines that share a broad vision but lack a common language, creating ambiguity and limiting the usefulness of the evidence base in determining optimal ways to integrate technologies and housing design to meet diverse needs. The convergence of mainstream and assistive technologies offers the potential of accessible and affordable strategies for inclusion, but also risks further exclusion of marginalized sections of the population. Coordination of efforts might accelerate translation of knowledge and diffusion of innovations into the practices of planning, designing, building, and sustaining housing that promotes independent living. This conceptual paper reviews the theoretical frameworks and terminology from fields of research involved in the design and use of technologies in the home environment to enable people with disability and older people. It considers approaches to design and interventions that could inform policies and practices as well as further research and development activities.

Keywordshousing; smart home; technology; disability; assistive technology
TitleThe Convergence and Mainstreaming of Integrated Home Technologies for People with Disability
Byline AffiliationsSwinburne University of Technology
School of Health and Medical Sciences
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