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1st Edition

Computer Access for People with Disabilities
A Human Factors Approach

ISBN 9781466553712
Published January 11, 2013 by CRC Press
339 Pages

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Book Description

Incorporating Compass Computer Access Assessment software, Computer Access for People with Disabilities: A Human Factors Approach provides the information clinicians need to know in order to provide effective alternative computer access solutions to individuals with disabilities. Originally developed for a masters-level course on computer access for rehabilitation engineers and rehabilitation counselors, it provides practical guidance on how to provide computer access services and sufficient background knowledge to allow the reader to interpret the research literature.

  • Presents technology for individuals with physical, cognitive, and sensory impairments, and for older adults

  • Covers text entry devices, pointing devices, switch access, automatic speech recognition, and web accessibility

  • Emphasizes fundamental concepts and principles that remain true regardless of which specific operating system or product is being used

  • Draws on research from the fields of rehabilitation engineering, occupational therapy, and human-computer interaction (HCI)

Table of Contents

Introduction. Keyboard-Only Access. Switches. Pointing. Text Entry. Techniques for Increasing Text Entry Efficiency. Automatic Speech Recognition. Hearing Impairment. Visual Impairment. Cognitive Impairment. Computer Access for Older Adults. Web Accessibility. Ergonomics. Assessment. Legislation Relevant to Computer Access.

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Richard Simpson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.