Assistive Technologies for People with Diverse Abilities

  • Giulio E. Lancioni
  • Nirbhay N. Singh

Part of the Autism and Child Psychopathology Series book series (ACPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Giulio E. Lancioni, Nirbhay N. Singh
    Pages 1-20
  3. Mandy Rispoli, Wendy Machalicek, Russell Lang
    Pages 21-52
  4. Russell Lang, Sathiyaprakash Ramdoss, Jeff Sigafoos, Vanessa A. Green, Larah van der Meer, Amy Tostanoski et al.
    Pages 53-76
  5. Jeff Sigafoos, Ralf W. Schlosser, Giulio E. Lancioni, Mark F. O’Reilly, Vanessa A. Green, Nirbhay N. Singh
    Pages 77-112
  6. Austin M. Mulloy, Cindy Gevarter, Megan Hopkins, Kevin S. Sutherland, Sathiyaprakash T. Ramdoss
    Pages 113-156
  7. Russell Lang, Sathiyaprakash Ramdoss, Tracy Raulston, Amarie Carnet, Jeff Sigafoos, Robert Didden et al.
    Pages 157-190
  8. Mark F. O’Reilly, Giulio E. Lancioni, Jeff Sigafoos, Russell Lang, Olive Healy, Nirbhay N. Singh et al.
    Pages 191-218
  9. Nirbhay N. Singh, Giulio E. Lancioni, Jeff Sigafoos, Mark F. O’Reilly, Alan S. W. Winton
    Pages 219-250
  10. Diane Pedrotty Bryant, Brian R. Bryant, Min Wook Ok
    Pages 251-276
  11. Giulio E. Lancioni, Nirbhay N. Singh, Mark F. O’Reilly, Jeff Sigafoos, Doretta Oliva
    Pages 277-313
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 315-326

About this book


The familiar image of the disabled tends to emphasize their limitations and reduced quality of life. However, many people with cognitive, motor, and other difficulties also have the capacity to enhance their social interactions, leisure pursuits, and daily activities with the aid of assistive technology. Assistive devices, from the simple to the sophisticated, have become essential to intervention programs for this population. And not surprisingly, the numbers of devices available are growing steadily.


Assistive Technologies for People with Diverse Abilities offers expert analysis of pertinent issues coupled with practical discussion of solutions for effective support. Its comprehensive literature review describes current and emerging devices and presents evidence-based guidelines for matching promising technologies to individuals. Program outcomes are assessed, as are their potential impact on the future of the field. In addition, chapters provide detailed descriptions of the personal and social needs of the widest range of individuals with congenital and acquired conditions, including:


  • Acquired brain damage.
  • Communication impairment.
  • Attention and learning difficulties (with special focus on college students).
  • Visual impairment and blindness.
  • Autism spectrum disorders.
  • Behavioral and occupational disorders.
  • Alzheimer's disease.
  • Severe, profound, and multiple impairments.


The scope and depth of coverage makes Assistive Technologies for People with Diverse Abilities an invaluable resource for researchers, professionals, and graduate students in developmental psychology, rehabilitation medicine, educational technology, occupational therapy, speech pathology, and clinical psychology.



Alzheimer’s disease and assistive technology Assistive technology and special education Autism spectrum disorders and assistive technology Behavior management and assistive technology Communication disorders and assistive technology Daily living skills and assistive technology Developmental disabilities and assistive technology Employment and occupational development Learning disabilities and assistive technology Microswitches and speech-generating devices Multiple disabilities and assistive technology Orientation and mobility Play and leisure skills and assistive technology Self-management and assistive technology Visual impairment and blindness

Editors and affiliations

  • Giulio E. Lancioni
    • 1
  • Nirbhay N. Singh
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. Neuroscience and Sense OrgansUniversity of BariBariItaly
  2. 2.Dept. Psychiatry and Health BehaviorGeorgia Regents UniversityAugustaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-8028-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-8029-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-922X
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-9238
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