Design and Use of Assistive Technology

Social, Technical, Ethical, and Economic Challenges

  • Meeko Mitsuko K. Oishi
  • Ian M. Mitchell
  • H. F. Machiel Van der Loos

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. The User’s Experience

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Jan Miller Polgar
      Pages 17-23
    3. Richard E. Ladner
      Pages 25-31
    4. Albert M. Cook, Kim Adams
      Pages 33-39
    5. Albert M. Cook, Jan Miller Polgar, Nigel J. Livingston
      Pages 41-48
  3. Research and Academic Outreach

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Nigel J. Livingston
      Pages 57-64
    3. Peter A. Danielson, Holly Longstaff, Rana Ahmad, H. F. Machiel Van der Loos, Ian M. Mitchell, Meeko M. K. Oishi
      Pages 75-93
  4. Development and Commercialization

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 115-117

About this book


Design and Use of Assistive Technology provides an interdisciplinary approach to assess some of the major hurdles in creating effective assistive technology. Assistive technology must be integrated with clinical needs, user requirements, ethical considerations, and the social context of the technology’s use. Gaps between engineering design, clinical evaluation, and actual use often derail potentially transformative technologies that would otherwise enable independence and facilitate social connectedness. This volume gathers recommendations that span engineering, computer science, rehabilitation sciences, and ethics. This book: • Addresses difficult problems such as the inherent heterogeneity of users, privacy concerns in data collection and analysis, and incorporation of user perspective into the design and evaluation process • Discusses models for knowledge transfer of novel technologies, advantages and disadvantages of small markets, and regulations and standards to enable commercialization • Presents a framework for ethics of “accessible” technologies that differs from frameworks for engineering or medical ethics Design and Use of Assistive Technology demonstrates how multidisciplinary process improvements in assistive technology deployment have the potential to empower businesses, researchers, and nonprofit organizations to create and bring to market new devices that incorporate ethical, social, and clinical concerns to enhance people’s lives.


Assistive technology design Assistive technology usage Biomechanics Medical engineering assistive technology mechanics medicine

Editors and affiliations

  • Meeko Mitsuko K. Oishi
    • 1
  • Ian M. Mitchell
    • 2
  • H. F. Machiel Van der Loos
    • 3
  1. 1., Electrical and Computer EngineeringUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Dept. Computer ScienceUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  3. 3., Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-7030-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-7031-2
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