Designing Accessible Technology

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P. John Clarkson, P. Langdon, Peter Robinson
Springer Science & Business Media, Aug 2, 2006 - Technology & Engineering - 250 pages
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Rapid and unprecedented population ageing poses a serious social and economic challenge across the developed world. Shifts in dependency ratios point to escalating welfare and pensions costs which require radical and imaginative responses from Government and industry. The key to this is maintaining a healthy population that is able and willing to work longer before retirement and can remain independent for as long as possible afterwards as well as bringing disabled people into mainstream life and employment.

This book was stimulated by the third CWUAAT workshop, held in Cambridge, England in April 2006; the contributors representing leading researchers in the fields of Inclusive Design, Rehabilitation Robotics, Universal Access and Assistive Technology.

Contributions focus on the following topics:

  • design issues for a more inclusive world;
  • enabling computer access and the development of new technologies;
  • assistive technology and rehabilitation robotics; and,
  • understanding users and involving them in design.

The CWUAAT workshops have a general focus on product and solution development. As a result, many of the requirements for the successful design of assistive and accessible technology have been addressed and these range from the identification and capture of the needs of the users, through to the development and evaluation of truly usable and accessible systems for users with special needs.

 

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Contents

The Inclusive Challenge A Multidisciplinary Educational Approach
3
Universal Design in Japanese Technological Industries
13
Encouraging Inclusive Design Through Standardisation
21
Factors Involved in Industrys Response to Inclusive Design
31
Providing Strategic User Information for Designers Methods and Initial Findings
40
Design for Inclusion
53
Designers Use of the Artefact in Humancentred Design
64
Enabling Computer Access and the Development of New Technologies
75
The SMART Project A User Led Approach to Developing Applications for Domiciliary Stroke Rehabilitation
135
Nonspeech Operated Emulation of Keyboard
145
Dysarthric Speech Measures for Use in Evidencebased Speech Therapy
155
Nonformal Therapy and Learning Potentials Through Human Gesture Synchronised to Robotic Gesture
165
Understanding Users and Involving Them in the Design Process
175
Inclusive Design Evaluation and the Capabilitydemand Relationship
176
Investigating the Role of Experience in the Use of Consumer Products
189
Software Codesign with Older People
199

Introducing COGAIN Communication by Gaze Interaction
77
Older Users Requirements for Interactive Television
85
InclusiveCAD A Software Resource for Designers
93
Towards an Interactive System Eliciting Narrative Comprehension in Children with Autism A Longitudinal Study
100
Assistive Technology and Rehabilitation Robotics
115
Collaborative Visualservoing of the MANUS Manipulator
117
Usercentred Approach to the Design and Evaluation of a Stairclimbing Aid
127
Creating User Centred Creative Design Tools for the Packaging Industry Using Video Ethnographic Research Techniques
209
Differing Perspectives on Telecare An Attitudinal Survey of Older People Professional Care Workers and Informal Carers
215
Away from Home Public Toilet Design Identifying User Wants Needs and Aspirations
227
Involving People with Dementia in the Development of a Discussion Forum A Communitycentred Approach
237
Index of Contributors
248
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This proceedings of the 3rd CWUAAT conference/workshop is edited by three of the editors who have worked on the previous proceedings. The proceedings from the 1st and 2nd CWUAATs were published with Springer under the titles "Universal Access and Assistive Technology" and "Designing a More Inclusive World". This volume will represent developments in the field from the past 4 years.