Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities
by Denis K. Anson
August 2018, 232pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-3511-7
$45, £35, 40€, A62
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-3512-4
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When the smartphone became the standard of communication, some were concerned that those with a visual disability would be left out. Today, 95 percent of blind cell phone owners use a smartphone.

How would you make a phone call or send email if you couldn't hear, see, or use your hands? This book shows how assistive technology helps individuals with disabilities perform tasks that people without disabilities may take for granted.

Assistive technology can be used in two ways: to help people with disabilities to do things that people without disabilities can do without technology, and to improve access to everyday technology that is not designed for people with disabilities. In both cases, the focus is on matching individuals with the tools best suited to fill their needs.

A part of Greenwood’s Health and Medical Issues Today series, Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities explores what technologies are available to individuals with disabilities, what they can help them to accomplish, and potential hurdles to their use that must be overcome. It explores this exciting field broadly and in depth while still keeping the “people-first” mindset that is the hallmark of assistive technology. In addition, it provides guidance and resources for individuals seeking assistive technology for themselves or for a loved one.


  • Explores the many types of assistive technology available for individuals with a variety of physical and cognitive disabilities, with emphasis placed on high-tech solutions
  • Examines key issues related to assistive technology, such as access and affordability
  • Illuminates through case studies how various forms of assistive technology may be applied in the real world and what challenges individuals must overcome to maximize the benefits of these tools
Denis K. Anson is Director of Research and Development at the Assistive Technology Research Institute at Misericordia University. He has been actively involved in computer and assistive technology applications for rehabilitation for over two decades and has been internationally recognized for his expertise in these fields. Anson was one of the founding members of the Tech-SIS board and is a past member of the editorial board of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy. In addition to his many publications on assistive technology, he is author of Alternative Computer Access: A Guide to Selection.

Health and Medical Issues Today

From the latest developments in treatment to updates on public health threats, information about health and medicine impacts lives more directly than almost any other subject. Despite a wealth of coverage online and in print media, there is still an overwhelming need for a single source to which a reader can turn for accurate, current information on an issue of concern.

The series Health and Medical Issues Today provides just such one-stop resources for those seeking solid overviews of the most controversial and persisting issues in health and psychology. Each volume offers a balanced, in-depth introduction to the medical, scientific, legal, and cultural aspects of subjects ranging from obesity to sports medicine, mental illness, HIV/AIDS, and tobacco use.
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