Assistive Technologies and Other Supports for People With Brain Impairment

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Springer Publishing Company, Dec 20, 2011 - Social Science - 400 pages
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Integrating current research with the experiences of people with cognitive disabilities, this volume examines how assistive and cognitive support technologies are being harnessed to provide assistance for thinking, remembering, and learning. The book vividly describes real-life situations in which cognitively impaired individuals use assistive supports and the advantages and limitations these individuals perceive from their use. It provides information on how cognitively impaired individuals and their families and caregivers can select the most appropriate technologies from a wide array of accommodations and resources, including individualized protocols of different forms of support to facilitate optimal functioning.

The text offers practitioners a comprehensive and systematic process for ensuring their clients' effective application and utilization of this technology. This book will also provide insight for users of assistive technology and their families and caregivers to ensure optimal technology use.

Key Features:

  • Outlines an effective process for integrating assistive technologies into the activities and lifestyle of users with cognitive disabilities
  • Explains how to match individuals with the most appropriate devices to enhance independent functioning
  • Provides a detailed overview of neurological and physical characteristics of various cognitive disabilities present at birth or acquired through accident, illness, or aging
  • Includes figures, checklists, assessment tools, and illustrations throughout the text for enhanced learning


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Chapter 1 The Aging BrainWhen The Mind Dissolves
Chapter 2 The Brain Born With a DisabilityWhen The Mind Grows
Chapter 3 How the Brain Works
Chapter 4 Treatment and Rehabilitation Practices Intervening in Cognitive Disability
Chapter 5 The Potential of Technology to Assist Individuals With Cognitive Disability
Chapter 6 Assistive Technologies for Mobility Communication Seeing Hearing and Activities of Daily Living
Chapter 7 Assistive Technologies for Cognition
Chapter 8 Environmental Barriers And Enablers
Chapter 11 The Future Is Bright But There Are Challenges
Appendix A Glossary
Appendix B Examples of Assistive Technology and Cognitive Support Technology Resources
Appendix C Finding and Funding Assistive and Cognitive Support Technologies
Appendix D

Chapter 9 Getting Support and Services
Chapter 10 Matching Person and Technology

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Marcia J. Scherer, PHD, MPH, CRC is the President and Director of The Institute for Matching Person and Technology, NY; Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Rochester, and part-time Professor of Pediatrics at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Dr. Scherer has authored, co-authored or edited seven books, including Assistive Technology, Connecting to Learn, Living In a State of Stuck, 4th Edition.

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