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The Illustrated Guide to Assistive Technology and Devices: Tools and Gadgets for Living Independently
Suzanne Robaitaille

Fighting Fatigue in Multiple SclerosisBook Details:
ISBN: 1932603808 / 9781932603804
Paperback: 232 pages Softcover
Price: $19.95
Where to buy: Demos Medical Publishing

Review:
The Illustrated Guide to Assistive Technology and Devices: Tools and Gadgets for Living Independently written by Suzanne Robaitaille provides an energetic review of assistive technology devices. The chapters are organized in disability specific categories, such as visual and physical, which make it very reader friendly. An individual can pick up the book and find what products are best suited for them by reading a stand alone chapter in lieu of reading the book cover to cover. This method did cause some redundancy in the chapters, but the author handled it without making it monotonous to the reader.

The style is practical and interspersed with vignettes highlighting advocacy issues, cost, and the utility of the assistive technology described. This, along with the illustrations, assists the reader in seeing the "real life” application of the technology. One of the most valuable aspects of the book lies within the resource section. Easy access to company websites and contact information is a huge time saver. The information provides a link to more detailed product information and/or specifications and is essential for consumers and health care providers in making informed choices regarding the technology.

The book contains current information on assistive technology devices as well as what the law supports in the way of access to assistive technology, funding resources and future directions. It would be beneficial to anyone who is looking for a spring board of information on assistive technology.

About the Reviewer:
Patty Bobryk, MHS, PT, MSCS, ATP has worked exclusively with individuals with MS for over 16 years. She earned her certification as an MS Certified Specialist in 2004 as well as her distinction as an Assistive Technology Practitioner in 2006. She serves as the current chair of the International Organization of MS Rehabilitation Therapists and educates patients and professionals on MS rehabilitation topics across the country.

About the Author:
Suzanne Robitaille is the founder and editor of Abledbody.com (http://abledbody.com), a website that covers disability news and assistive technology. Growing up profoundly deaf, Suzanne learned firsthand that people with disabilities can benefit from these type of technologies both professionally and socially. She began her journalism career in 2000 at the Wall Street Journal’s interactive operations in New York. A year later, she became a technology columnist for Business Week Online, writing a weekly column on assistive devices and technology. Suzanne has written for various consumer publications and websites, including the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek Online, and Media Post, among others.

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