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Assistive Technologies, Tools and Resources for the Access and Use of Information and Communication Technologies by People with Disabilities

Assistive Technologies, Tools and Resources for the Access and Use of Information and Communication Technologies by People with Disabilities
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Author(s): Betania Groba (University of A Coruña, Spain), Thais Pousada (University of A Coruña, Spain) and Laura Nieto (University of A Coruña, Spain)
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 15
Source title: Handbook of Research on Personal Autonomy Technologies and Disability Informatics
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Javier Pereira (University of A Coruna, Spain)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-206-0.ch001

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Abstract

A person with disabilities can present difficulties in occupational performance. It is necessary to develop a set of resources, technological or otherwise, to offset these difficulties, and contribute to the integration of people with functional diversity in society. These resources are called support products or technology support, but do not eliminate the deficits, they can eliminate the limitation of the performance of persons with disabilities. Moreover, the Information Technology and Communications (ICT) were formed as an alternative to personal empowerment of people with disabilities. To access and use of these new technologies are used to support specific products. In the market there is a diversity and variety of assistive technology, so it is necessary the classification and analysis of various products before the person can use it. The purpose of this chapter is to provide information about assistive technology, and specifically those directly related to ICT.

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