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From The CriticsReviewer: Jan A Rowe, MPH, OTR/L(University of Alabama at Birmingham)
Description: The release of this book is timely and needed. It is both comprehensive and practical in content and delivery. It is also an answer to the void realized by rehabilitation professionals concerning the match of person, environment, and device.
Purpose: The objectives are to provide multidisciplinary ideas and content to a variety of readers including students, rehabilitation professionals, and researchers. There also is an emphasis on quality of life and the need to, and ability to, maximize life and activity through technology. These goals and objectives of the book are not only very worthy but long overdue. The author depicts thoughts and opinions of those who have disabilities. She has surpassed the written objectives of the book with this work.
Audience: The author proposes that this book is for students, practitioners, researchers, allied health professionals, rehabilitation engineers, psychologists and counselors, and special educators. I would agree that these are an appropriate audience. The information shared in this book is both for the novice as well as the experienced person. The author is one of the leading authorities on assistive technology. Her editions of "Living in the state of stuck" are excellent portrayals of technology needs of those with disabilities.
Features: This book provides a comprehensive and multidisciplinary look at the world of assistive technology for persons with disabilities. Numerous chapters focus on both current and future trends in the world of technology and persons with disabilities. The use of case studies throughout the book provide a practicality which is appropriate for the novice to the expert. The incorporation of subjects such as universal design, telehealth, law and policy, and a "look ahead" are all strengths of this work and a welcomed addition to the current resources on assistive technology. The overarching theme of the book is that of person, device, environment and the fit that is necessary for a person to maximize his potential. This work is truly needed and skillfully done.
Assessment: I have read Marcia Scherer's work for years now and find her to be inspiring and truthful. Her writing reaches to the soul of the reader and captures the person depicted as knowledgeable and with dignity and respect. This book is more of her wonderful, masterful, and artful work. I know that this book will add volumes of content and validity to the world of technology and disabilities. I applaud her work and this new book.