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Culture and Assistive Technology by Mind Map: Culture and Assistive Technology
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Culture and Assistive Technology

Nathalie Nahai

How Gender and Cultural Differences in Web Psychology Affect the Customer Experienceby Nathalie Nahai on Jul 08, 2013 Are you missing half your audience? Your site may be giving off the wrong psychology signals and causing potential customers to click away. Nathalie covers how gender and cultural differences impact your business and winning tactics to change the message and convert more customers.





Body Positions

Social Contexts


Boujarwah et al (2011)

Boujarwah, F. a., Hong, H., Abowd, G. D., & Arriaga, R. I. (2011). Towards a framework to situate assistive technology design in the context of culture. The proceedings of the 13th international ACM SIGACCESS conference on Computers and accessibility - ASSETS ’11, 19. doi:10.1145/2049536.2049542


Family stucture

Linguistic environment


Socio-technological infrastructure

Technology and civic infrastucture

Programs and services

monetary and informational resources

monetary concerns

Informational resources

Parette et al (2003)

Parette, P., Huer, M. B., & Hourcade, J. J. (2003). Using Assistive Technology Focus Groups with Families Across Cultures, 38(4), 429–440.

View of disability and therefore support AT can offer

Independence v dependence

amount of information convey may depend on language

nonverbal communication cues

Direct and indirect questioning

Hofstede, G.

Hofstede, Geert, Gert Jan Hofstede and Michael Minkov.Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind, 3rd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill. 2010.

National Cultural Dimensions

Power Distance (PDI)

Individualism versus collectivism (IDV)

Masculinity versus femininity (MAS)

Uncertainty avoidance (UAI)

Long-term versus short-term orientation (LTO)

Indulgence versus Restraint (IVR)

Krefting, Krefting (1991)

Krefting, L.H., & Krefting, D.V. (1991). Cultural influences on performance. In Cristiansen, C., & Baum, C. (Eds.), Occupational Therapy. Thoroughfare, NJ: Slack

Cultural factors that affect assistive technology delivery:

1 Use of term

2 Balance of work and play

3 Sense of personal space

4 Values regarding finance

5 Role assumed in the family

6 Knowledge of disabilities and source of information

7 Beliefs about causality

8 View of the inner working of the body

9 Sources of social support

10 Acceptable amount of assistance from others

11 Degree of importance attributed to physical appearance

12 Degree of importance attributed to independence

13 Sense of control over thing that happen

14 Typical or preferred coping strategies

15 Style of expressing emotions

Ripat and Woodgate (2011)

Ripat, J., & Woodgate, R. (2011). The intersection of culture, disability and assistive technology, 6(March), 87–96. doi:10.3109/17483107.2010.507859

Stigmatisation due to type of AT advised

AT suitability for the environment in which it will be used.

Appropriateness of language used (AAC)

Disability as a culture

AT services in diverse populations