Assistive Technology for Visually Impaired and Blind People

  • Marion A. Hersh
  • Michael A. Johnson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Marion A. Hersh, Michael A. Johnson
    Pages 1-50
  3. David Keating, Stuart Parks
    Pages 103-133
  4. Gunnar Jansson
    Pages 135-166
  5. Marion A. Hersh, Michael A. Johnson
    Pages 167-208
  6. Brian Hoyle, Dean Waters
    Pages 209-229
  7. Nicholas Bradley, Mark Dunlop
    Pages 231-260
  8. Elizabeth M. Ball
    Pages 289-321
  9. Marion A. Hersh, Michael A. Johnson
    Pages 323-361
  10. Tai Fook Lim Jerry, Han Leong Goh, Kok Kiong Tan
    Pages 363-384
  11. Marion A. Hersh, Michael A. Johnson
    Pages 385-448
  12. Gareth Evans, Paul Blenkhorn
    Pages 449-495
  13. Rüdiger Hoffmann
    Pages 497-554
  14. James Fruchterman
    Pages 555-580
  15. David Crombie, Roger Lenoir
    Pages 581-613
  16. Marion A. Hersh, Michael A. Johnson
    Pages 615-657
  17. Marion A. Hersh, Michael A. Johnson
    Pages 659-707
  18. Back Matter
    Pages 709-725

About this book


Equal access to services and public places is now required by law in many countries. In the case of the visually impaired, it is often the use of assistive technology that facilitates their full participation in many societal activities ranging from meetings and entertainment to the more personal activities of reading books or making music. In this volume, the engineering techniques and design principles used in many solutions for vision-impaired and blind people are described and explained.


• a new comprehensive assistive technology model structures the volume into groups of chapters on vision fundamentals, mobility, communications and access to information, daily living, education and employment, and finally recreational activities;

• contributions by international authors from the diverse engineering and scientific disciplines needed to describe and develop the necessary assistive technology solutions;

• systematic coverage of the many different types of assistive technology devices, applications and solutions used by visually impaired and blind people;

• chapters open with learning objectives and close with sets of test questions and details of practical projects that can be used for student investigative work and self-study.

Assistive Technology for Vision-impaired and Blind People is an excellent self-study and reference textbook for assistive technology and rehabilitation engineering students and professionals. The comprehensive presentation also allows engineers and health professionals to update their knowledge of recent assistive technology developments for people with sight impairment and loss.


Accessibility Assistive Technology Bat Cane Blind Braille Global Positioning Systems Haptics Information Ophthalmology Partial Sight Rehabilitation Rehabilitation Engineering Sight Measurement Vision-impaired physiology

Editors and affiliations

  • Marion A. Hersh
    • 1
  • Michael A. Johnson
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Electronics and Electrical EngineeringUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowUK
  2. 2.Industrial Control Centre, Graham Hills BuildingUniversity of StrathclydeGlasgowUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-1-84628-866-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-84628-867-8
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