Handbook of Research on Personal Autonomy Technologies and Disability Informatics

Handbook of Research on Personal Autonomy Technologies and Disability Informatics

Javier Pereira (University of A Coruna, Spain)
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Release Date: October, 2010|Copyright: © 2011 |Pages: 462
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-206-0
ISBN13: 9781605662060|ISBN10: 1605662062|EISBN13: 9781605662077
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Information technologies constitute a very important contribution to the integration of a population into its environment.  Unfortunately, in most cases the development of new technologies does not consider the special needs of potentially disabled users.

The Handbook of Research on Personal Autonomy Technologies and Disability Informatics proposes a comprehensive description of the needs that must be considered by IT engineers when designing technical assistance tools that can be used by disabled persons according to their specific motoric, visual, auditive, or psychic needs.  Contributing basic knowledge for persons in IT development and health care related to physical and psychic disabilities, this book adds over 50 authoritative articles by international experts to the defining body of research in autonomy technologies and disability informatics.

Coverage:

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

  • Altered auditory feedback as a prosthetic-therapy
  • Assistive Technologies
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices
  • Blind user interfacing
  • Human-centered metal hydride actuator systems for rehabilitation
  • Nascent access technologies
  • Personal autonomy with e-mentoring
  • Sensory rhythmic stimulation
  • Smart sensing solutions for the visually impaired
  • Web Accessibility
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Contributors mostly from computer science and electrical engineering, but also several medical fields explore technology designed to support people with functional diversity in daily life, education, work, and social participation. They cover assistive technology, rehabilitation engineering, Internet accessibility, computer access, and experiences and applications. Among the topics are nascent access technologies for people with severe motor impairments, transcranial magnetic stimulation as a tool for neuro-rehabilitation in Parkinson's Disease, catering for personal autonomy with electronic monitoring supported by recommendations, direct brain-computer technologies, and experiences using information and communications technologies with elderly people. ...

– Sci Tech Book News, BookNews.com

This book is addressed to people who are related to support technologies and the promotion of the personal autonomy of persons with functional diversity. Professional experts, students, and teachers will be able to extend their knowledge on this matter by receiving a general vision on the latest advances in research and learning from the experiences of people who believe in the power of new technologies to raise the level of independence and autonomy of the disabled to their highest level.

– Javier Pereira, University of A Coruna, Spain
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Javier Pereira was born in Ourense, Spain, in 1972. He received the M.S. in Computer Science from the University of A Coruña (Spain) in 1995, and the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the same university in 2004. He is an Associated Professor in the area of Radiology and Physical Medicine at the Department of Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences, in the University of A Coruña. His current research interests include: accessibility in Information and Communication Technologies, medical information systems, DICOM, PACS, medical informatics, disability and informatics, and the development of technical aids.
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