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Understanding Experiences of Blind Individuals in Outdoor Nature

Bandukda, M; Singh, A; Berthouze, N; Holloway, C; (2019) Understanding Experiences of Blind Individuals in Outdoor Nature. In: Brewster, S and Fitzpatrick, G and Cox, A and Kostakos, V, (eds.) CHI EA '19: Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM): New York, NY, USA. Green open access

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Abstract

Research shows that exposure to nature has benefits for people's mental and physical health and that ubiquitous and mobile technologies encourage engagement with nature. However, existing research in this area is primarily focused on people without visual impairments and is not inclusive of blind and partially sighted individuals. To address this gap in research, we interviewed seven blind people (without remaining vision) about their experiences when exploring and experiencing the outdoor natural environment to gain an understanding of their needs and barriers and how these needs can be addressed by technology. In this paper, we present the three themes identified from the interview data; independence, knowledge of the environment, and sensory experiences.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Understanding Experiences of Blind Individuals in Outdoor Nature
Event: 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '19)
Location: Glasgow, SCOTLAND
Dates: 04 May 2019 - 09 May 2019
ISBN-13: 978-1-4503-5971-9
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1145/3290607.3313008
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1145/3290607.3313008
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Assistive technologies; visual impairment; nature
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10084926
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