Assistive Technology Research, Practice, and Theory

Assistive Technology Research, Practice, and Theory

Boaventura DaCosta (Solers Research Group, USA) and Soonhwa Seok (Korea University, South Korea)
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Release Date: January, 2014|Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 342
ISBN13: 9781466650152|ISBN10: 146665015X|EISBN13: 9781466650169|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5015-2


Technology continues to advance at an irrepressible pace, and it takes human ingenuity and ambition to make the best use of the latest developments in science and engineering, improving quality of life for countless individuals worldwide.

Assistive Technology Research, Practice, and Theory presents cutting-edge research in the field of assistive technologies, including both theoretical frameworks and empirical research to benefit individuals with motor and cognitive disabilities. This book will serve as an imperative reference source for professionals, researchers, and practitioners engaged with the technological advances that will help to make modern society accessible to all.

Topics Covered

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

  • Assistive Technologies
  • Augmentative Computing
  • Communication Software
  • Game-Based Learning
  • New Media
  • Social Skills Development
  • Special Education
  • Teacher Education
  • Website Accessibility

Reviews and Testimonials

This book presents recent research and theories to inform AT services primarily within the K-12 setting. Current professionals working in these settings may find this informational and useful for research in their own settings. The editors present up-to-date information including Universal Design for Learning, technology as a method of intervention, use of gaming technology to promote social skills and communication, and teacher education related to the use of AT in the classroom.

– Doody's Book Review Service, Yvonne M. Randall, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Touro University Nevada

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Boaventura DaCosta holds a Ph.D. in instructional technology, an M.A. in instructional technology/media, instructional systems, and a B.S. in computer science from the University of Central Florida. His research is interdisciplinary, concentrated in the fields of computer science and instructional design, with a special interest in games and learning.
Soonhwa Seok is a research professor in special education at Korea University, where she teaches special education courses to service students. Dr. Seok holds interests in assistive technology with applications for students with special needs, focusing on developmental and learning disabilities. Most recently, she has examined special education teachers’ priority for students with developmental disabilities in their curriculum with assistive technology application. Her main research focus is assistive technology evaluation, to include functional evaluation, and supporting intensity scales implementing assistive technology for students with disabilities. She is also interested in the application of mobile technology for students with developmental disabilities. In her research, she has used advanced statistical applications using validation approaches, including factor analysis and multidimensional scaling. She has also actively served as a peer reviewer for conference proposals, presented on Web accessibility and game addiction, and published articles on special education technology and information and communication technology in general curriculum.