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Note: This is certainly not intended to be an all-inclusive list. These are books that I believe to be a valid representation of an area of Assistive Technology. Be aware that the "Description" is taken from a vendor website or from the book itself. Eventually there will be a review of manyof these books. The rating and the link will take you to my personal evaluation of the book.

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Accessibility for Everybody: Understanding the Section 598 Accessibility Requirements

Mueller, John Paul

R & D Developer Series
2003

In today's rapidly changing technological world, it is increasingly important that web and desktop applications be accessible to everyone, including those of us with special needs. However, the legal requirements for accessibility are often convoluted and diffucult to understand, making it impossible for most developers to comply with the laws., Author John Paul Mueller leads you through the maze of Section 508the congressional law ensuring that all Americans have access to information technologyand offers comprehensive guidance on how to quickly and easily update your applications to conform to Section 508 requirements.

Target Group: Web Professionals

Adaptive Technologies for Learning and Work Environments

Lazarro, Joseph J.

2nd Edition
American Library Association
2001

The author, a project manager of the Adaptive Technology Program at the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind in Boston explains how adaptive technology can facilitate independence for those with disabilities of all types, and rates some 200 assistive products. Appends useful information for the disabled and those who need to be knowledgeable about the American with Disabilities Act, computer keyboard shortcuts, general and disability-specific products and resources, and disability rights laws.

Target Group: Consumers and AT Professionals

Alternative Computer Access: A Guide to Selection

Anson, Denis K.

F. A. Davis Company
1st Edition
1997

Clinical tool for computer-based assistive technology. Excellent decision tree to help evaluate a client with a disability for alternative or adaptive computer access.

Target Group: AT and Adaptive Computing Professionals

Assistive Technology: a Resource for School, Work, and Community

Flippo, Karen F.

Brooks Publishing
1997

This book traces the evolution of legislation that has affected AT and shows how consumers can take advantage of policy changes that have improved service delivery. Chapters offer a complete discussion of low and high technology, providing techniques that are applicable across environments, domains, and age groups. Occupational therapists, rehabilitation personnel, service providers, and AT users can turn to this resource for information on policy, consumer involvement, assessment, funding, training, and incorporating AT into everyday life.

Target Group: Educators, Consumers and AT Professionals

Assistive Technology: Access for All Students

Johnston, Linda
Beard, Larry
Carpenter, Laura Bowden

1st Edition
Prentice Hall
2006

This new book is organized around the theme of universal design and discusses how assistive technology can help educators meet the needs of individuals with disabilities. Based on the field's most current research and latest laws and regulations, this book examines assistive technology for young children, high incidence disabilities, positioning and mobility, communication, sensory impairments, distance learning and more. Ethical standards of practice and multicultural issues are also considered throughout. The book addresses a variety of settings and discusses how assistive technology can be used not only in the school, but also in the home, community, work place and independent living environment.

Target Group: Consumers, Educators, and AT Professionals

Assistive Technology: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Bain, Beverly
Ledger, Dawn


Churchill Livingston
1997

A manual of assistive technology focusing on the consumer rather than then equipment. It takes a system approach to assistive technology and covers all facets of independent living for persons with disabilities. Presents essential information about the assessment of clients and evaluation of equipment needed for the effective use of technology.

Target Group: Consumers, Educators, and AT Professionals

Assistive Technology: Essential Human Factors

King, Thomas, W.

Edition
Pearson Education
1998

The Information Age has transformed the way in which humans communicate and interact with each other in almost every aspect. This new relationship between humans and technology has been an added convenience for some, and a sheer blessing for others; for those with physical and communication impairments, modern-day technology has transformed daily living into a journey toward capability instead of disability. In its examination of assistive technology, this book serves as an essential resource for clinicians, product developers, families and individuals as they recommend, select, purchase, design, and use assistive technology.

Target Group: Consumers and AT Professionals

Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities

Bryant, Diane P.
Bryant, Brian R.

Allyn & Bacon
1st Edition
2002

This book prMovides a lifespan and multidisciplinary approach to a discussion of the use of current technology in the fields of special education, rehabilitation, speech-language pathology, and other disciplines.

Target Group: Educators and AT Professionals

Assistive Technology for Rehabilitation Therapists

Angelo, Jennifer

F. A. Davis Company
1st Edition
1997

This book offers an introduction to AT for the therapists. It includes the most current and practical information regarding the selection and use of technology in rehabilitation to improve the client's independence.

Target Group: AT Professionals

Assistive Technology for Young Children with Disabilities: A Guide for Providing Family-Centered Services

Judge, Sharon L.

Brookline Books
1998

Written for professionals, it introduces a variety of assistive devices and their capabilities.

Target Group: AT Professionals, Service Professionals

Assistive Technology: Matching Device and Consumer for Successful Rehabilitation

Scherer, Marcia J., Editor

American Psychological Association
1st Edition
2002

Discusses simple devices such as canes to the most sophisticated computerized environmental control systems. Covers law and social policy, telehealth, and online instruction and distance learning.

Target Group: AT Professionals

Assistive Technology: Principles and Practice

Cook, Albert M.
Hussey, Susan M.

 

Mosby, Inc.
2nd Edition
2001

Completely revised and updated to reflect changes in the field, the new edition of this popular text presents a model of a disabled human operator using various assistive technologies. Also included: an overview and historical perspective of the field; special disabilities and the use of assistive technologies; how to derive and measure standards of performance; proper positioning when using assistive devices; and more. New to this edition: a comprehensive glossary; new appendices, including a list of resources and a list of product manufacturers; additional case studies; new illustrations and photographs; and more.

Target Group: AT Professionals

Choosing a Wheelchair; A Guide for Optimal Independence

Karp, Gary

 

Oreilly & Associates
1st Edition
1998

Written for first-time buyers and experienced chair users who need to replace their current wheels, this guide takes the reader through the selection process, discussing issues to consider when buying a chair, including payment options. A resource section includes lists of manufacturers and useful publications, as well as some internet resources.

 

Target Group: Consumers

Clinician's Guide to Assistive Technology

Olson, Don A.
DeRuyter, Frank


Mosby, Inc.
2002

This resource is designed to offer healthcare professionals specific information about the diverse area of assistive technology. It covers the variety of technology available and explains the adaptations of the technology, as well as how different devices work together. The first section provides the fundamentals of assistive technology, discussing issues such as life span considerations, environmental context, and funding and public policy. The next section delves into topics especially relevant for patient care, including computer access and alternative communication. Sections on manipulation, ambulation, and locomotion technologies are discussed next, concentrating on devices that assist with upper and lower body function.

Target Group: AT Professionals

Computer Resources for People with Disabilities

Alliance for Technology Access

Hunter House
2nd Edition
2002

This work from the Alliance for Technology Access (ATA) is reference tool for all types of users.

Part 1, 12 chapters that discuss real-life success stories, various assistive technologies, laws and regulations, developmental funding strategies and sources, as well as equipment selection .

Part 2, Technology Tool Box, is designed to provide the reader with information and ideas to become a good consumer of technology.

Complete vendor addresses are listed in Part 3.

Target Group: Consumers and AT Professionals

Family Guide to Assistive Technology

Kelker, Katharin A.

Brookline Books
2000

This book is written for parents and caregivers looking for an easy-to-read introduction on assistive technology. The author provides a good overview of available technologies, offers tips for applying for funding, and gives pointers to locate equipment vendors. This book will help you get started with assistive technology.

Target Group: Consumers, Family Members & Caregivers

Fundamentals in Assistive Technology

RESNA
3rd Edition
2000

Concise information about the technical and clinical fundamentals of AT. Descriptions of the characteristics of every type of Assistive Technology.

Target Group: AT Professionals

Living in the State of Stuck: How Assistive Technology Impacts the Lives of People with Disabilities

Scherer, Marcia J.

Fourth Edition
Bookline Books
2005

In the latest (4th) edition , Dr. Scherer brings us up-to-date on the "battles won and battles lost" of the men and women with disabilities whom she followed closely in previous volumes. The result is an engaging, eye-opening, and frank discussion on assistive technology from the standpoint of those who use it (or have opted not to).

Target Group: Consumers and AT Professionals

Technology for All: Assistive Technology in the Classroom

Overbook School for the Blind

Towers Press
2001

Written by teachers for teachers, this book is a resource for all schools that need to integrate assistive technology in the classroom. Primarily meant for educators working with visually impaired students, this book provides several assessment worksheets to help you select appropriate technologies and devices.

Target Group: Educators

Technology for Inclusion: Meeting the Special Needs of All Students

Male, Mary

Fourth Edition
Allyn & BAcon
2002

A practical, comprehensive survey of professional practices needed by teachers to meet the technology needs of their students. This book is designed for hands-on practitioners, whether beginners or advanced users. Written in an informal style, with a research base, this new edition will appeal to both pre-service and professional in-service audiences. For special education with a focus on technology.

Target Group: Educators

What Every Teacher Should Know About Assistive Technology

Edyburn, Dave L.


Allyn & Bacon
2002

From the What Every Teacher Should Know About... (WETSKA) Series.

Target Group: Educators

Web Accessibility for People with Disabilities

Paciello, Michael G.

CMP Books
2000

How to make a web site accessible to everyone! This resource provides everything you need to understand the laws, the needs of the disabled, and the processes of site evaluation and implementation. Includes development tools and utilities, techniques for adjusting HTML tags, scripts and other code to improve accessibility.

Wheelchair Selection and Configuration

Cooper, Rory A.

1st Edition
Demos Medical Publishing
1998

This is a definitive text for physical therapists, occupational therapists, and other health care providers involved with helping patients to achieve optimal seating. Chapters discuss wheelchair measurement, engineering fundamentals, biomechanics, electronics, and standards. Various types of wheelchairs are considered, including manual, powered, specialized, and sports chairs; the selection of seat cushions and specialized seating systems are considered in depth, and assessment and intervention are reviewed. The audience for this book includes undergraduate and graduate students studying occupational therapy, physical therapy, rehabilitation science, and rehabilitation engineering.

Target Group: AT Professionals



eJournals

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Journal of Special Education Tchnology

Technology and Media Division of the Council for Exceptional Children
$ Free
http://jset.unlv.edu/
shared/volsmenu.html

The Journal of Special Education Technology (JSET) is a traditional print-on-paper publication (4 issues per year) that is sent to subscribers and members of the Technology and Media Division of the Council for Exceptional Children (TAM). Access to this online edition is provided free of charge.

 

 

 

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Magazines

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Ability Magazine

6 issues per year

C. R. Cooper Company

ABILITY Magazine focuses on disabilities to crossover into mainstream America. It provides information on New Technologies, the "Americans with Disability Act", Travel and Leisure, Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities, Human interest Stories, National and Local Resource Centers.

Target Group: Disability Community