Assistive Technology: Essential Human Factors / Edition 1

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The Information Age has transformed the way in which humans communicate and interact with each other in almost every aspect. This new relationship between humans and technology has been an added convenience for some, and a sheer blessing for others; for those with physical and communication impairments, modern-day technology has transformed daily living into a journey toward capability instead of disability. In its examination of assistive technology, this book serves as an essential resource for clinicians, product developers, families and individuals as they recommend, select, purchase, design, and use assistive technology. Combining real experience and academic research, King examines how humans can adapt to machinery and increase the acceptance, effectiveness, and efficiency of technology. This book investigates how psychological factors (such as fear, stress, rejection, etc.) can affect the efficiency of assistive technology. Product developers, speech pathologists, audiologists, occupational therapists, rehabilitation counselors, special educators, nurses, and businesses. A Longwood Professional Book

Disc. mobility, communication & cognitive assistance; types of switches & controls; human factors, failure factors.

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Presents the human factors--how human beings accept, learn, and effectively use tools and devices--of technology designed to assist people with disabilities. Topics include Baker's basic ergonomic equation, transparency, cosmesis, mappings, switches and controls, computer screens, and age factors. The textbook can be used in senior-level undergraduate or beginning-level graduate courses. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205273263
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 9/14/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 305
  • Sales rank: 1,135,485
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Each chapter concludes with “Some Final Comments” and/or “Study Questions.”

Preface and Acknowledgments.

1.Why a Book on Human Factors in Assistive Technology?

“Jim” — A Case Example to Begin.

The Importance of Human Factors.

Resources in Human Factors.

2.Tools, Transparency, and Assistive Technology.

Who Are Tool Users?

Transparent, Translucent, and Opaque Assistive Technologies.

Assistive Technology: Special Tools for Special People?

A Brief History of Assistive Technology.

Component Areas of Assistive Technology.

Who Are the Primary Users of Assistive Technology?

The Professionals and Others Who Work with Assistive Technology

Who Uses Assistive Technology? Case Examples.

3.What Are Human Factors?


Human Factors in Assistive Technology.

Human Factors in Daily Life.

A Quick Human Factors Quiz — Some Practical Realities.

Essential Areas of Human Factors in AT: Details and Case Examples.

A Framework for Understanding Human Factors in AT: Baker's Basic Ergonomic Equation.

4.Human Factors and Assistive Technology Goals.

Human Factors and Intents of Assistive Technology.

Details and Applications of Baker's Basic Ergonomic Equation.

5.Essential Human Factors in Assistive Technology.

Specific Human Factors is AT.

6.Switches and Controls: The Pass Keys to Assistive Technology.

Switches and Controls: Definitions and Examples.

Specific Human Factors Regarding Switches and Controls.

A Brief International Perspective on Switches and Controls.

Assistive Technology and Fitts' Law.

7.CRT, LCD, and LED Screens: The Gateways to Assistive Technology.

How Screens Work — A Brief Overview.

Screens in Everyday Life.

Essential Human Factors Related to Screens.

8.AT Levels, Technological Literacy, and Life Span Issues.

Levels of Assistive Technology.

Toward Technological Literacy.

Components of AT Diagnosis and Intervention.

Technology Issues Across the Life Span.

9.Why AT Fails: A Human Factors Perspective.

Factors Related to the People Who Surround the AT User.

Factors Related to the AT User.

Factors Related to the AT Device Itself.

Appendix: Resources for More Information on Human Factors and Assistive Technology.




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