New Research on Assistive Technologies: Uses and Limitations

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Over the past decade, several studies have shed light on how the Ambient Assistive Technology (AAT) may increase the life expectancy of older adults experiencing cognitive decline who continue to live in their own homes, as well as improve their autonomy and independence, facilitate their daily activities, and monitor their health status.

These technologies can also assist in facilitating social inclusion, helping families, and supporting healthcare organizations. This book discusses AAT for people with dementia. It also discusses other assistive technologies which include robotics; web accessibility; hands free assistive technology; brain-computer interfaces; and it examines assistive technology integration in pre-service educators. (Imprint: Nova)

Preface

Chapter 1 - Ambient Assistive Technology for People with Dementia: An Answer to the Epidemiologic Transition (pp. 1-30)
Stefano Federici, Lorenza Tiberio and Marcia J. Scherer (Department of Philosophy, Social & Human Sciences and Education, University of Perugia, Italy, and others)

Chapter 2 - Adoption of Assistive Technology by Persons with Auditory and Visual Disabilities in Spain Considering Contextual Factors (pp. 31-42)
J. C. Chicote, E. Díaz and M. A. V. Ferreira (Fundosa Accesibilidad S.A., Madrid, Spain, and others)

Chapter 3 - Assistive Robotics: Trends, Challenges, and Perspectives (pp. 43-58)
Ernesto Pablo Lana (Graduate Program in Electrical Engineering, Federal University of Minas Gerais—Brazil)

Chapter 4 - Introduction to Web Accessibility (pp. 59-66)
Carla Fernanda da Silva Sampaio (Department of Communication, The State University of Campinas, Brazil)

Chapter 5 - Hands-Free Assistive Technology Employing Brain Wave Activity for the Severely Disabled: Innovation and Limitations (pp. 67-84)
Ashley Craig and Yvonne Tran (Rehabilitation Studies Unit, Sydney Medical School-Northern, Kolling Institute of Medical Research, The University of Sydney)

Chapter 6 - Assistive Technologies Using Brain-Computer Interfaces: The Problem of Mental Fatigue (pp. 85-96)
Yvonne Tran, Hung Nguyen and Ashley Craig (Rehabilitation Studies Unit, Sydney Medical School-Northern, Kolling Institute of Medical Research, The University of Sydney, Australia, and others)

Chapter 7 - Supporting Pre-Service Educators in Assistive Technology Integration: A Curriculum Model (pp. 97-114)
Meng Ee Wong, Ph.D. (Early Childhood & Special Needs Education, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

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