How using assistive technology for cognitive impairments improves the participation and self-determination of young adults with intellectual developmental disabilities
Journal article, Peer reviewed
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In Norway, where all citizens are entitled to live in their own homes in their local communities, people with intellectual disabilities receive community-based home care services that aim to promote their ability to live on their own. In our study, we investigated how using an assistive device for cognitive impairment – namely, a memo planner (MP) – in community-based home care services affected the everyday lives of people with intellectual developmental disabilities (IDD). Our sample consisted of seven young adults with IDD and their support staff. Data were collected during field observations and group interviews and analysed via systematic text condensation. The findings illuminate how using an MP can structure the daily lives of young adults with IDD and afford them opportunities to participate in everyday activities. In this article, we discuss how using an MP shapes interactions between people with IDD and their support staff.