Measuring Economic Benefits of Built Environment Accessibility Technologies for People with Disabilities
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Joseph, S. & Namboodiri, V. (2023). Measuring Economic Benefits of Built Environment Accessibility Technologies for People with Disabilities. Stud Health Technol Inform. v.306 (pp. 381-388). doi: 10.3233/SHTI230648. PMID: 37638939.
Given the challenges of wayfinding in large indoor built environments, especially for persons with disabilities (PWDs), a new class of accessible technologies called built environment accessible technologies (BEAT) are being developed. Such technologies are envisioned to help achieve product and opportunity parity for PWDs. The impact and adoption of these BEATs depends largely on clear and quantifiable (tangible and intangible) economic benefits accrued to the end-users and stakeholders. This paper describes the results of a survey conducted to measure potential benefits in terms of quality of life and quality of work life (work productivity) by increased accessibility provisions within built environments as it relates to navigation for PWDs and those without disabilities. Results of this work indicate that BEATs have the greatest potential to improve mobility and exploratory activities for people with disabilities, exploratory activities for people without disabilities, and improve job security for everyone.
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