Svoboda, Tanner N.
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.F.A.) -- Furniture Design
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Furniture Design
Includes bibliographical references (pages 68-70).
"Assistive technology is an integral part of the everyday lives of anyone with a disability, and having access to it is crucial in their comfort and safety. This thesis examines the current state of health care furniture and its complex relationship with the pediatric community. It will go in depth on how assistive technology is being used in residential furnishings made available by the residential and commercial markets, as well as how pediatric patients and their caregivers perceive it. The research will include an extensive look into what type of assistive technology is needed for a broad range of disabilities, as well as first hand accounts, expert interviews, and potential user interviews (which include both pediatric patients and caregivers) to determine what is needed in today’s residential furnishings as well as its aesthetic. Thus, it proposes a viable alternative market that integrates assistive technology into residential pediatric furnishings to allow adequate functionality for users with disabilities and their caregivers."
Keywords: well-being, pediatric, furniture, assistive technology, universal design, human centered design, systems furniture, health-care
CHAIR: Perez, George
PDF (70 pages): illustrations (chiefly color)
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