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Designing a Mobile Assistive Application with and for Older Adults with AMD: A Case Study

Hakobyan, L., Lumsden, J. & O'Sullivan, D. (2013). Designing a Mobile Assistive Application with and for Older Adults with AMD: A Case Study. Paper presented at the 27th International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2013), 09-09-2013 - 13-09-2013, London, UK.

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Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the UK’s leading cause of severe visual impairment amongst the elderly. It accounts for 16,000 blind/partial sight registrations per year and is the leading cause of blindness among people aged 55 years and older in western countries (Bressler, 2004). Our research aims to design and develop a self-monitoring, ability-reactive technology (SMART) for users with AMD to support their dietary-based AMD risk mitigation and progression retardation over time. In this paper, we reflect on our experience of adapting and applying a participatory design (PD) approach to support the effective design of our application with and for older adults with AMD. We introduce the outcome of a series of PD sessions with older adults with AMD – that is, a paper prototype of our proposed application which focuses on accessibility for our target users – and discuss implications for the eventual prototype development.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: © O'Sullivan (2013). The original version of this article is published in the eWiC series at
Publisher Keywords: UCD, Participatory design, Age-related macular degeneration, Older adults, Mobile assistive technology, Diet diary
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
R Medicine > RE Ophthalmology
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science
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