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Assistive Technology Research, Practice, and Theory

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Technology continues to advance at an irrepressible pace, and it takes human ingenuity and ambition to make the best use of the latest developments in science and engineering, improving quality of life for countless individuals worldwide. Assistive Technology Research, Practice, and Theory presents cutting-edge research in the field of assistive technologies, including both theoretical frameworks and empirical research to benefit individuals with motor and cognitive disabilities. This book will serve as an imperative reference source for professionals, researchers, and practitioners engaged with the technological advances that will help to make modern society accessible to all.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Book Series
  5. Editorial Advisory Board and List of Reviewers
    1. Editorial Advisory Board
    2. List of Reviewers
  6. Foreword
  7. Preface
    1. SECTION 1: THEORIES, CONCEPTS, AND LAWS
    2. SECTION 2: SOFTWARE, DEVICES, AND GAMES
    3. SECTION 3: IMPLEMENTATION, ASSESSMENT, AND EVALUATION
  8. Acknowledgment
  9. Section 1: Theories, Concepts, and Laws
    1. Chapter 1: Universal Design for Learning in Today’s Diverse Educational Environments
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. DEFINITION OF UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING
      4. THE THREE PRINCIPLES OF UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING
      5. RESOURCES FOR UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING
      6. CONCLUSION
    2. Chapter 2: Universal Design for Learning and Assistive Technology
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY DEVICES AND SERVICES IN UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING
      4. RESEARCH ON ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY AND LEARNING DISABILITIES
      5. BUILT-IN ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY SUPPORTS ON COMMONLY-USED TECHNOLOGY DEVICES
      6. SCHOOL-BASED CASE STUDIES
      7. CONCLUSION
    3. Chapter 3: Text-to-Speech Software as Assistive and Mainstream Technology
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. LANGUAGE LITERACY AND THE BENEFITS OF TEXT-TO-SPEECH SOFTWARE
      4. CHALLENGES IN THE USE OF THE FUNCTIONAL APPROACH
      5. THE SOCIO-CONSTRUCTIVIST APPROACH
      6. CONCLUSION
    4. Chapter 4: Helping Struggling Writers
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      5. CONCLUSION
    5. Chapter 5: Ecological Perspectives Surrounding the Design of Self-Determination-Enhanced Problem-Based Learning as a Formative Intervention for Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Settings
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. MATERIALS AND METHODS
      4. RESULTS
      5. DISCUSSION
      6. CONCLUSION
      7. ACKNOWLEDGMENT
    6. Chapter 6: Technology and Disability Laws, Regulations, and Rights
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. LAWS AND REGULATIONS ON TECHNOLOGY AND DISABILITIES
      4. CONCLUSION
  10. Section 2: Software, Devices, and Games
    1. Chapter 7: The Changing Face of Assistive Technology
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. ACCESSIBLE TECHNOLOGY
      4. CONCLUSION
    2. Chapter 8: A Step toward Assistive Technology Evidence-Based Practices
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. MATERIALS AND METHODS
      4. RESULTS
      5. DISCUSSION
      6. CONCLUSION
    3. Chapter 9: A Phatic Approach to Assistive and Augmentative Communications Vocabularies
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. ASSISTIVE AND AUGMENTATIVE COMMUNICATIONS INTERFACES
      5. CONCLUSION
    4. Chapter 10: Social Skills Development for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders through the Use of Interactive Storytelling Games
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. PREVALENCE AND CHARACTERISTICS OF AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS
      5. STORYTELLING IN LEARNING
      6. STORYTELLING IN VIDEO GAMES
      7. SOCIAL SKILLS TRAINING FOR LEARNERS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS USING COMPUTER AND GAME TECHNOLOGY
      8. TECHNOLOGY PREFERENCE OF LEARNERS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS
      9. TOWARD THE DEVELOPMENT OF INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING GAMES
      10. CONCLUSION
    5. Chapter 11: Simulation Games as Interventions in the Promotion of Social Skills Development among Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. SIMULATION GAMES AS INTERVENTIONS IN SOCIAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
      4. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      5. CONCLUSION
  11. Section 3: Implementation, Assessment, and Evaluation
    1. Chapter 12: From Barriers to Beginnings
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. WHAT BARRIERS PREVENT NEW MEDIA FROM PROLIFERATING IN SCHOOLS?
      4. WHAT CAN EDUCATORS DO TO EVALUATE THE POTENTIAL OF NEW MEDIA AS ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY?
      5. CONCLUSION
    2. Chapter 13: Teacher Education and Principles of Effective Assistive Technology Implementation
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. PROLOGUE
      3. INTRODUCTION
      4. BACKGROUND
      5. CONCLUSION
      6. EPILOGUE
      7. APPENDIX
    3. Chapter 14: Engaging in Play through Assistive Technology
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      5. CONCLUSION
    4. Chapter 15: Creating Protective Barriers for Students with Disabilities in E-Learning Environments
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BARRIERS TO EMPLOYMENT
      4. BARRIERS IN EDUCATION
      5. CONCLUSION
    5. Chapter 16: Assistive Technology and Distance Learning
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. DISTANCE LEARNING
      4. LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS CLASSIFICATION
      5. INTERACTIONS IN DISTANCE LEARNING
      6. ACCESSIBILITY AND ASSISTANCE TECHNOLOGY FOR STUDENT LEARNING
      7. RESOURCES FOR ACCESSIBILITY IN DISTANCE LEARNING
      8. TRENDS IN DISTANCE LEARNING
      9. CONCLUSION
    6. Chapter 17: A 15 Factor and 157 Item Checklist for Assessing Website Usability and Accessibility
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. WEB USABILITY AND ACCESSIBLITY CHECKLIST
      4. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
  12. Compilation of References
  13. About the Contributors