Computer Resources for People with Disabilities:
A Guide to Assistive Technologies, Tools and Resources for People of All Ages; Fourth EditionAlliance for Technology AccessBook Details:
Published: September 2004
Publisher: Hunter House Publishers
Regular Price: $24.95
Editorial Review by Tara Chay, MA CCC-SLP, MSCS
This book is a resource for individuals with disabilities who are interested in increasing their independence and interaction with the environment. The tools described in this book can be applied to individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS) and a number of other neurological diseases. With disease progression, individuals may move from more basic assistive technology more elaborate systems.
Examples of the technologies discussed include:
- Alternate keyboards
- Keyboard additions (ie: keyguards)
- Voice recognition software
- Large-print word processors
- Screen magnification software and closed circuit televisions
- Screen readers
- Augmentative communication systems
The Technology Toolbox in Part II helps readers determine the key issue(s) preventing an individual from accessing their environment in a meaningful way. Once identified, the technology solutions most appropriate to consider are outlined. A brief description of each product type is included, in addition to their common applications. This makes the comparison of the available technologies much easier for professionals and individuals with disabilities, alike. Finally, Part III contains lists of references, resources, and vendors for individuals searching for assistive technology.
Unfortunately, the first chapters of the book are too vague to be very valuable to experts in the field or lay people. The information included, though useful, is so diluted that it is difficult to identify the important points. Though a good resource, this book could be much more condensed and still retain its value. Finally, it is concerning that no rehabilitation therapists (OT, PT, SLP) were consulted for, or included in the writing of this book.About the Reviewer:Tara Chay, MA CCC-SLP, MSCS
University of Minnesota Medical Center
Minneapolis, MN Speech-Language Pathologist
Assistive Technology/Alternative and Augmentative Communication Specialist
Brief Bio: Ms. Chay graduated with her Master’s in Communication Disorders from the University of Minnesota in 1996. She has gained clinical experience and expertise working as a speech-language pathologist in the acute hospital, acute and subacute rehabilitation, outpatient clinic, and community-based transitional care settings. She is currently the system-wide resource in the areas of MS, AAC, and Assistive Technology across the Fairview hospital system.