Assistive Technology for Visually Impaired and Blind People by Marion Hersh, Michael A Johnson

By Marion Hersh, Michael A Johnson

Equal entry to companies and public areas is now required by means of legislations in lots of nations. in relation to the visually impaired, it's always using assistive know-how that allows their complete participation in lots of societal actions starting from conferences and leisure to the extra own actions of interpreting books or making song. during this quantity, the engineering options and layout ideas utilized in many options for vision-impaired and blind everyone is defined and explained.


• a brand new accomplished assistive expertise version buildings the amount into teams of chapters on imaginative and prescient basics, mobility, communications and entry to details, day-by-day residing, schooling and employment, and at last leisure activities;

• contributions through overseas authors from the varied engineering and clinical disciplines had to describe and advance the mandatory assistive expertise solutions;

• systematic insurance of the numerous sorts of assistive expertise units, functions and recommendations utilized by visually impaired and blind people;

• chapters open with studying targets and shut with units of try questions and info of useful tasks that may be used for pupil investigative paintings and self-study.

Assistive know-how for Vision-impaired and Blind People is a superb self-study and reference textbook for assistive expertise and rehabilitation engineering scholars and execs. the great presentation additionally permits engineers and overall healthiness pros to replace their wisdom of modern assistive expertise advancements for individuals with sight impairment and loss.

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2 Definition and Measurement of Quality of Life A definitive definition of quality of life has not yet been obtained. For instance, a review of 87 studies from diverse literature found 44 different definitions (Hughes et al. 1995). Any measurement system for quality of life should ideally be based on an established body of theory and supported by empirical evidence. However, theory in this area is not very well developed, though it has been suggested that Maslow’s concept of a hierarchy of needs could provide a suitable framework (Maslow 1968; Sawicki 2002).

2. 2 Assistive Technology Outcomes: Quality of Life 11 eagerness to try new things and the ability to take advantage of opportunities. It is intended to be sensitive to the enabling and liberating aspects of assistive technology. 3. Self-esteem (8 items), which measures feelings of emotional health and happiness and includes questions on self-esteem, security, sense of power, and control and self-confidence. It is intended to be sensitive to the perceived impact of assistive technology on self-confidence and emotional wellbeing.

Using the MPT worksheet to determine ‘limitations’ in areas such as communication and mobility and initial goals of the service provider and end-user. Potential interventions and the technologies required to support the goals are indicated on the form. 2. The Technology Utilisation Worksheet is used by the end-user and service provider together to record technologies used in the past, satisfaction with them and the technologies the user wants or needs, but has not yet received. 3. The end-user completes their version of the appropriate form for the type of technology (general, assistive, educational, workplace or healthcare) being considered.

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