Design and Use of Assistive Technology: Social, Technical, Ethical, and Economic Challenges

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Meeko Mitsuko K. Oishi, Ian M. Mitchell, H. F. Machiel Van der Loos
Springer Science & Business Media, Sep 16, 2010 - Technology & Engineering - 117 pages
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Design and Use of Assistive Technology assesses major hurdles in the design and use of assistive technologies, while also providing guidelines and recommendations to improve these technologies. This volume takes an interdisciplinary approach to solving the major issues surrounding designing and using assistive technologies for the physically impaired by blending engineering, computer science and medicine. The most difficult problems in assistive technologies, such as privacy concerns in data gathering and analysis, inherent heterogeneity of the user population, knowledge transfer of novel technologies and incorporation of the user perspective into the design process are all addressed. The book also: -Presents theories on assistive technology through the lens of fields ranging from engineering and computer science to occupational therapy and neurology -Discusses assistive technologies in a broad scope that presents designs and theories that are universally applicable Design and Use of Assistive Technology features contributions from experts in their subject areas who discuss specific methods and mechanisms to integrate the user’s experience into design and clinical evaluation in order to both create academic outreach through practical service models and improve knowledge transfer.

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This is a very good book if one wants to know the ethics, challenges in evaluating an AT, history of AT and service delivery processes. I did not have any intention to read this book, until I found certain topics which really helped me answer my preliminary exam. It had all the references I was looking for!! 


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