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Journal of Enabling Technologies
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ISSN (Online) 2398-6263
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  • Parental perspectives on video game genre preferences and motivations of
           children with Down syndrome
    • Pages: 1 - 9
      Abstract: Journal of Enabling Technologies, Volume 12, Issue 1, Page 1-9, March 2018.
      Purpose Video games have the potential to improve brain plasticity in people with Down syndrome. However, little has been done to understand video game preferences in this population. The purpose of this paper is to describe a brief exploration of video game preferences in children with Down syndrome. Design/methodology/approach An online survey was used to collect information from parents of children with Down syndrome about their child’s favorite video games and why they like video games. Findings Children with Down syndrome, as reported by their parents, most frequently play action/adventure games, and have several motivating factors for game play including overcoming challenges to gain reward and having fun engaging in the game world. Research limitations/implications The current study only recruited from a small sample of the Down syndrome population and therefore may lack generalizability. Practical implications Gaining a better understanding of which aspects of video games appeal to children with Down syndrome. Knowing what they prefer will enable us to design games that are engaging and cognitively beneficial. Originality/value This paper proposes the importance of video game play to promote development in children with Down syndrome.
      Citation: Journal of Enabling Technologies
      PubDate: 2018-05-02T12:15:09Z
      DOI: 10.1108/JET-08-2017-0034
  • Financial inclusion: perceptions of visually impaired older Nigerians
    • Pages: 10 - 21
      Abstract: Journal of Enabling Technologies, Volume 12, Issue 1, Page 10-21, March 2018.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explore areas of challenge in managing personal finances among visually impaired older people, with critical appraisal of current structures available in financial institutions for equal access to financial services. The paper intends to create understanding of the drawbacks to financial inclusion from the perspectives and experiences of older people with vision impairment in Nigeria as well as highlighting areas where support is/are needed to tackle digital exclusion. Design/methodology/approach This study employed a qualitative approach, interviewing 30 visually impaired older adults, aged 60 years and over. Participants were drawn from a voluntary organisation for people living with vision impairment in Southwest Nigeria. Interview data were transcribed verbatim and analysed thematically using qualitative data analysis software – NVivo (version 11). Findings Results provide clear insight on the nature of the challenges faced by visually impaired older people, particularly with managing finances on computer-enabled platforms. The findings also revealed fears and hopes of this group about the rapid evolution of technologies for managing finances. Originality/value The study critically explored an understudied population, showing peculiar challenges and made a case for inclusive designs that are useful for digital inclusion of this population.
      Citation: Journal of Enabling Technologies
      PubDate: 2018-05-02T12:15:08Z
      DOI: 10.1108/JET-08-2017-0033
  • Assisted living technologies and the consumer market: how is it
    • Pages: 22 - 31
      Abstract: Journal of Enabling Technologies, Volume 12, Issue 1, Page 22-31, March 2018.
      Purpose A three-year research study, funded by Innovate UK, Consumer Models for Assisted Living (COMODAL) aimed to support the development of the consumer market for electronic assisted living technology (eALT) products and services, particularly for people aged 50-70, approaching older age and retirement themselves or with caring responsibilities for family or friends. The purpose of the COMODAL study was to gain a greater understanding of their needs and behaviours relating to the acquisition of eALT and develop sustainable consumer-led business models that might address these needs and support business development within a consumer market (Ward et al., 2016). The purpose of this paper is to present a follow up study to explore how the market may have changed since the publication of the research findings. Design/methodology/approach An online survey was used to collect both qualitative and quantitative data from individuals working in the supply and distribution of assisted living technologies in the UK regarding how their businesses had developed in the past two years. Findings The results showed that since the publication of the COMODAL research there have been changes in the way that the consumer market for eALT is being approached, not only with more direct marketing focused on consumer’s needs but also in direct partnerships with local authorities that offer greater choice with an improved range of products. Originality/value This is the first paper in the UK to follow up the impact of the original COMODAL research and explore its influence on the development of the consumer market for eALT.
      Citation: Journal of Enabling Technologies
      PubDate: 2018-05-02T12:15:05Z
      DOI: 10.1108/JET-01-2018-0002
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