Design and Use of Assistive Technology

Social, Technical, Ethical, and Economic Challenges

Editors: Oishi, Meeko Mitsuko K., Mitchell, Ian M., Van der Loos, H. F. Machiel (Eds.)

  • Offers a multidisciplinary approach to assistive technologies and considers the entire cycle of design, evaluation, knowledge transfer, and use
  • Presents theories on assistive technology from experts in a number of varied fields, ranging from engineering and computer science to occupational therapy and neurology
  • Discusses assistive technologies from a broad viewpoint and includes designs and theories that are universal
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Design and Use of Assistive Technology provides an interdisciplinary approach to assess some of the major hurdles in creating effective assistive technology. Assistive technology must be integrated with clinical needs, user requirements, ethical considerations, and the social context of the technology’s use. Gaps between engineering design, clinical evaluation, and actual use often derail potentially transformative technologies that would otherwise enable independence and facilitate social connectedness. This volume gathers recommendations that span engineering, computer science, rehabilitation sciences, and ethics. This book: • Addresses difficult problems such as the inherent heterogeneity of users, privacy concerns in data collection and analysis, and incorporation of user perspective into the design and evaluation process • Discusses models for knowledge transfer of novel technologies, advantages and disadvantages of small markets, and regulations and standards to enable commercialization • Presents a framework for ethics of “accessible” technologies that differs from frameworks for engineering or medical ethics Design and Use of Assistive Technology demonstrates how multidisciplinary process improvements in assistive technology deployment have the potential to empower businesses, researchers, and nonprofit organizations to create and bring to market new devices that incorporate ethical, social, and clinical concerns to enhance people’s lives.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Better Than New! Ethics for Assistive Technologists

    Silvers, Anita

    Pages 3-15

  • The Myth of Neutral Technology

    Polgar, Jan Miller

    Pages 17-23

  • Accessible Technology and Models of Disability

    Ladner, Richard E.

    Pages 25-31

  • The Importance of Play: AT for Children with Disabilities

    Cook, Albert M. (et al.)

    Pages 33-39

  • Need- and Task-Based Design and Evaluation

    Cook, Albert M. (et al.)

    Pages 41-48

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eBook $109.00
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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  • ISBN 978-1-4899-8980-2
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Design and Use of Assistive Technology
Book Subtitle
Social, Technical, Ethical, and Economic Challenges
Editors
  • Meeko Mitsuko K. Oishi
  • Ian M. Mitchell
  • H. F. Machiel Van der Loos
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-7031-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-7031-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4419-7030-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-8980-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 117
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