Introduction of Cognitive Support Technologies (CST) for Job Seekers

Research shows that adults with cognitive impairment can benefit from cognitive support technologies (CST). Combined with healthy coping strategies, these technologies can help facilitate inclusion in the labour market. This study describes and discusses factors that can promote or inhibit the introduction of CST in vocational rehabilitation services. These descriptions are based on twelve months of ethnographic fieldwork in two vocational rehabilitation programs in Norway. Adequate time, mandatory integration of technology in activities, and belief in the individual's ability to find a job are interdependent factors that promote the introduction of CST. The inhibiting factors, such as organizational challenges, procrastination, or general aversion to change may be related to the diagnosis adults suffering from ADHD and/or Asperger’s.