Assistive Technologies and Computer Access for Motor Disabilities

Assistive Technologies and Computer Access for Motor Disabilities

Georgios Kouroupetroglou (University of Athens, Greece)
Release Date: August, 2013|Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 433
ISBN13: 9781466644380|ISBN10: 1466644389|EISBN13: 9781466644397|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4438-0


Individuals with disabilities that impede their range of motion often have difficulty accessing technologies. With the use of computer-based assistive technology; devices, tools, and services can be used to maintain and improve the functional capabilities of motor disabilities.

Assistive Technologies and Computer Access for Motor Disabilities investigates solutions to the difficulties of impaired technology access by highlighting the principles, methods, and advanced technological solutions for those with motor impairments. This reference source is beneficial to academia, industry, and various professionals in disciplines such as rehabilitation science, occupational therapy, human-computer interface development, ergonomics, and teaching in inclusive and special education. This publication is integrated with its pair book Disability Informatics and Web Accessibility for Motor Limitations.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Environmental Control
  • Facial Expression Natural User Interface
  • Freeware Assistive Technology Software
  • Gaze-Based, Head and Face Tracking Interfaces
  • Haptic and Gesture-Based Assistive Technologies
  • Impact of Assistive Technology
  • Pointing in Graphical User Interfaces
  • Scanning-Based Interaction Techniques
  • Sensor Assistive Technologies
  • Technologies for Brain-Injured Gamers

Reviews and Testimonials

Eleven chapters describe assistive technologies for enabling people with motor impairments or limitations to live a more independent daily life, and IT solutions for accessing web content and Internet services. The opening chapter from the University of Missouri explains how gestures and haptic feedback interfaces using bioelectrical signals can help people with motor disabilities interact with computers, cell phones, and power wheelchairs. Other topics include gaze-based assistive technologies, scanning-based interaction techniques, vision-based head and face tracking interfaces, improved pointing for graphical user interfaces, and the impact of assistive technology on independence and employment for the motor disabled.

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Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Table of Contents
Georgios Kouroupetroglou
Chapter 1
Luis Alberto Rivera, Guilherme N. DeSouza
The goal of this chapter is to explain how haptic and gesture-based assistive technologies work and how people with motor disabilities can interact... Sample PDF
Haptic and Gesture-Based Assistive Technologies for People with Motor Disabilities
Chapter 2
Jason Colman, Paul Gnanayutham
This chapter surveys assistive technologies which make video games more accessible for people who have an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). As medical... Sample PDF
Assistive Technologies for Brain-Injured Gamers
Chapter 3
Stavroula Ntoa, George Margetis, Margherita Antona, Constantine Stephanidis
Scanning is an interaction method addressing users with severe motor impairments which provides sequential access to the elements of a graphical... Sample PDF
Scanning-Based Interaction Techniques for Motor Impaired Users
Chapter 4
Thies Pfeiffer
The eyes play an important role both in perception and communication. Technical interfaces that make use of their versatility can bring significant... Sample PDF
Gaze-Based Assistive Technologies
Chapter 5
Alexandros Pino
Free assistive technology software can be an answer to various problems of the market, most importantly the products’ high cost. The focus of this... Sample PDF
Free Assistive Technology Software for Persons with Motor Disabilities
Chapter 6
Klaus Miesenberger, Gerhard Nussbaum, Roland Ossmann
The authors outline the potential of sensor technology for people with disabilities and those people with motor disabilities in general. First the... Sample PDF
AsTeRICS: A Framework for Including Sensor Technology into AT Solutions for People with Motor Disabilities
Chapter 7
Chamin Morikawa, Michael J. Lyons
Interaction methods based on computer-vision hold the potential to become the next powerful technology to support breakthroughs in the field of... Sample PDF
Design and Evaluation of Vision-Based Head and Face Tracking Interfaces for Assistive Input
Chapter 8
Jacob O. Wobbrock
Pointing to targets in graphical user interfaces remains a frequent and fundamental necessity in modern computing systems. Yet for millions of... Sample PDF
Improving Pointing in Graphical User Interfaces for People with Motor Impairments Through Ability-Based Design
Chapter 9
Ong Chin Ann, Lau Bee Theng
This work was motivated by the limitations of the existing Assistive and Augmentative Communication tools to help children with Cerebral Palsy who... Sample PDF
A Facial Expression Mediated Natural User Interface Communication Model for Children with Motor Impairments
Chapter 10
Claudia De Pace, Fabrizio Stasolla
When the authors talk about Assistive Technology (AT) they refer to all technological solutions that allow persons with multiple disabilities and... Sample PDF
Promoting Environmental Control, Social Interaction, and Leisure/Academy Engagement Among People with Severe/Profound Multiple Disabilities Through Assistive Technology
Chapter 11
Ben Tran
The purpose of this chapter is to analyze the history of motor disabled assistive technology. Specifically, this chapter will cover motor disability... Sample PDF
Assistive Technology: Impact on Independence, Employment, and Organizations for the Motor Disabled
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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Georgios Kouroupetroglou holds a B.Sc. in physics and a Ph.D. in Communications and Signal Processing. He is member of the Academic Staff, Division of Communication and Signal Processing, Department of Informatics and Telecommunications (, University of Athens ( and leader of the Speech and Accessibility Laboratory ( and the e-Accessibility Unit for Students with Disabilities ( His current research interests focuses on the area of Computer Accessibility and Voice User Interfaces, as a part of the major domain of Human-Computer Interaction, with emphasis in: Accessible Computing, Spoken Dialogue Human Computer Interaction, Usability, VoiceWeb, Voice Agents, Voice Processing; Analysis and Synthesis of Speech and Singing, Computer Mediated Interpersonal Communication, Information Systems/Services and Assistive Technologies for Disabled and Elderly People, Music Computing; Singing Voice Analysis, Virtual Musical Istruments, and Byzantine Chanting Analysis and Synthesis, Gesture-based User Interfaces, and Information Technologies for Interactive Learning. Professor Kouroupetroglou has actively participated in a number of European Union funded and National research projects. He has been reviewer/evaluator and member of working groups/technical panels of various European Union's projects/programs. He is author of more than 105 scientific papers in journals/conference proceedings and numerous technical reports in the fields of his interest.