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Assistive Technology Use among Older Adults with Vision Loss: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Canadian Newspapers

By Katharine Fuchigami, Colleen McGrath, Jordana Bengall, Stephanie Kim, Rudman Debbie Laliberte

Category Journal Articles
Abstract

Low vision assistive devices are often positioned as enabling continued social participation and engagement by older adults in everyday activities; however, previous research suggests that the use of such technologies is restricted by various environmental factors. With little attention previously paid to the discursive environment, this critical discourse analysis critically examined how aging persons with vision loss and assistive technology (AT) were constructed and the occupational possibilities promoted and marginalized through technology use in six Canadian newspapers. In total, 7,289 articles were screened, 1,867 articles underwent a full-text review, and 51 articles were selected for data analysis. Results highlight four key discursive threads related to the framing of disability and AT, positioning of seniors with vision loss, and the ideals and occupations to be attained through AT, and point to the importance of re-configuring discourses addressing AT for seniors with vision loss to expand occupational possibilities and embrace collaborative design approaches.

Publication Title Canadian Journal on Aging
Volume 41
Issue 2
Pages 154-163
ISBN/ISSN 07149808
Publisher Cambridge University Press
DOI 10.1017/S0714980821000210
Language English
Notes Copyright - © Canadian Association on Gerontology 2021
Author Address School of Occupational Therapy, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada ; School of Occupational Therapy, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada
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Tags
  1. Aging
  2. Assistive Technology
  3. Disabilities
  4. Discourse
  5. Environment
  6. Framing
  7. Gerontology
  8. Marginalization
  9. Media
  10. Occupations and Professions
  11. Older adults
  12. position
  13. Social participation
  14. technology
  15. Visual Impairments
  16. Well-being