Participants Wanted for Study: Disability and Mobile Technology

March 26, 2014

Natasha Saltes, a PhD student in the Sociology Department at Queen’s University is looking for individuals to participate in a study on disability and mobile technology.

The study examines how people with disabilities use mobile computing devices (such as smartphone and tablets) and the benefits and barriers that they may encounter using the device. The study aims to shed light on how mobile technology can be used to facilitate access, inclusion and equality.

The study involves answering a questionnaire and keeping a diary for seven (7) consecutive days. The amount of time spent keeping a diary will vary depending on how the participant chooses to document their use of mobile computing devices. Creative methods of diary keeping are welcome. It is anticipated that participants will spend approximately 30 minutes per day. Those who participate in keeping a week long diary will receive $40.00 in monetary compensation for their time.

Participants also have the option to participate in an interview following completion of the diary study. The interview will last approximately one (1) hour. Participants who attend the interview will receive $15.00 in monetary compensation for their time.

Eligible participants are those who:
a) identify in some way as disabled or experiencing disability;
b) must own and use a mobile computing device such as a tablet or smartphone; and
c) must be 18 years of age or older and legally able to provide informed consent.

For more information about this study and to enquire about accommodation to participate please contact the researcher:

Natasha Saltes
PhD Candidate
Department of Sociology
C501 Macintosh-Corry Hall
Queen’s University
Kingston, ON
K7L 3N6