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This article explores the experiences of mobility-impaired individuals participating in leisure-time physical activities through the use of assistive activity technology (AAT). Its purpose is to highlight how these experiences affect participation in everyday life. This article provides new knowledge about the participation of this population in leisure-time physical activities. Qualitative, semi-structured interviews were analysed according to the stepwise-deductive-inductive approach. During the analysis, self-determination theory (SDT) emerged as a theoretical tool for understanding how social context affects motivation as an interacting concept in the participation of leisure-time physical activity (LTPA). Individuals with mobility impairments who use AAT for leisure-time physical activities experience opportunities to participate in ordinary and valued activities that allow them to improve their social positions. Further, use of AAT provided the informants with opportunities to alter their daily routines, enjoy time on their own and enhance their personal awareness. Having opportunities to use AAT independently is experienced as a recognition of their individuality. Thus, this article highlights a new aspect of participation as performing a socially valued activity in solitude. How technology provides opportunities for social interaction influences the informants' experiences and motivation to use technology. LTPA through the use of AAT promotes mastery and personal dignity, thereby revealing a new aspect of participation as being involved in an independent activity. IMPLICATIONS FOR REHABILITATION The allocation system for assistive activity technology requires knowledge about personal motivation for assistive activity technology use and the connection between leisure-time physical activity and social participation. Additional education about and understanding of motivational factors for assistive technology use is needed.
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Name: Disability and rehabilitation. Assistive technology
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The front third of the eyeball that includes the structures between the front surface of the cornea and the front of the VITREOUS BODY.
A refractive error in which rays of light entering the EYE parallel to the optic axis are brought to a focus in front of the RETINA when accommodation (ACCOMMODATION, OCULAR) is relaxed. This results from an overly curved CORNEA or from the eyeball being too long from front to back. It is also called nearsightedness.
The act of deceiving or the fact (or condition) of being deceived.
A front limb of a quadruped. (The Random House College Dictionary, 1980)
The largest of the three pairs of SALIVARY GLANDS. They lie on the sides of the FACE immediately below and in front of the EAR.