Tech with Dignity: Promoting Positive Attitudes Towards Assistive Technology Use
Some people with disabilities may feel embarrassed or self-conscious about using assistive technology (AT) for a variety of reasons. Here are some possible reasons:
- Stigma: There is a certain amount of stigma associated with disability and using AT. Some people with disabilities may feel that using AT sets them apart from others and makes them appear different or weaker.
- Negative perceptions: Society often views people with disabilities in a negative light, and this can affect how people with disabilities perceive themselves. Some people with disabilities may believe that using AT confirms negative stereotypes about people with disabilities.
- Lack of familiarity: People may feel embarrassed or self-conscious when they are not familiar with a new device or technology. This may be particularly true for older adults who did not grow up with technology.
- Fear of judgement: People with disabilities may fear being judged or ridiculed for using AT. They may worry that others will view them as less capable or intelligent because they need assistance to perform certain tasks.
- Emotional impact of disability: Living with a disability can be emotionally challenging, and some people with disabilities may feel embarrassed about their disability or resentful of the limitations it places on their life. Using AT may remind them of their disability and trigger these negative emotions.
It is important to recognize that these feelings are normal and understandable, but they should not prevent people with disabilities from using AT to enhance their quality of life. These nuances that come with using any assistive devices are very important for everybody to understand.
At Hable, our core values lie in ensuring our users independence and confidence. While many users have reported back saying that the Hable has helped them be more independent in their daily life, we understand that this is a very personal and important journey. This is why we let users do free trials before committing to the purchase. We would rather have a Hable user discover their independence and capabilities on their own terms, however long that takes.