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|
|Publisher||Cambridge University Press|
|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|
|Cite this work||
Researchers should cite this work as follows: