Disability in a digital world: Do assistive technologies still matter?

by: Dr. Shelley Kinash

“I commenced my first job with disabled people in 1983. I was an Institutional Aide in a residence for adults with severe cognitive impairments. In the institution, there was a woman in her thirties who could not voluntarily move any part of her body, other than her face and neck. It was assumed that she was profoundly cognitively impaired. She received minimal educational and/or intellectual stimulation. Just before I was hired, she had been fitted with a head-pointer device that enabled her to eat independently by pointing at the desired food, after which a mechanized spoon would scoop and feed. She could also communicate using…” Full Article

Kinash, S. (in press). Disability in a digital world: Do assistive technologies still matter. In G. Kopp & S. Crichton (Eds.) Technology enabled learning environments. Oak Park, IL: Bentham Science.

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