How do people understand and choose aids and equipment? 
(Assistive Technology)

Research participants needed
 
Purpose: 
We are investigating how people with disability acquire aids and equipment, and the type and extent of choice they have. The project will involve interviews with people with disability and service providers involved in supporting them. The researchers will also be looking at the service delivery systems that support provision of aids and equipment. 
 
You will be asked to participate in two interviews (approximately 1 hour each) in which you will be asked about your experience of acquiring aids and equipment.
 
Eligibility: 
We are looking for people with disability who:
  • Are aged between 18-65;
  • Communicate in English (including communication via scribing or other physical assistance);
  • Have acquired aids and equipment in the past 12 months that are used regularly and are complex or expensive (e.g. a wheelchair or other device that cost more than $300) 
  • Can identify a service provider who was involved with the process of getting the aids and equipment and may be interested in participating in an interview. 
 
Benefits: 
We hope that the results from this study will contribute to knowledge about the experience of how people with disability choose, and can be supported to choose, aids and equipment for use in everyday life. This information will help inform the development of policies and training for enhancement of service delivery.
 
Compensation: 
Participants will receive a gift voucher for $50 after completing both interviews, and will also be offered reimbursement of up to $50 (taxi or fuel voucher), for travel expenses.
 
Contact: 
If you would like to know more, please contact Emily Steel on 07 3365 4526.
 
This study adheres to the Guidelines of the ethical review process of The University of Queensland and the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research.
 
Please read more information for participants and service providers.