Emerging issues and current trends in assistive technology use 2007-2010: practising, assisting and enabling learning for all

Christopher Abbott, David Brown, Lindsay Evett, Penny Standen

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Abstract

Following an earlier review in 2007, a further review of the academic literature relating to the uses of assistive technology (AT) by children and young people was completed, covering the period 2007–2011. As in the earlier review, a tripartite taxonomy: technology uses to train or practise, technology uses to assist learning and technology uses to enable learning, was used in order to structure the findings. The key markers for research in this field and during these three years were user involvement, AT on mobile mainstream devices, the visibility of AT, technology for interaction and collaboration, new and developing interfaces and inclusive design principles. The paper concludes by locating these developments within the broader framework of the Digital Divide.

Implications for Rehabilitation:

The rapid move to mainstream mobile devices is challenging to providers of assistive learning technologies, to those who commission and advise on these technologies and to those who fund in this area.

Recent research around assistive learning technologies is moving away from being solely oriented around product evaluation and towards a user-centred approach.

Current and developing interfaces, such as brain control and eye gaze, offer potential for assistive learning technology support for those to whom no such devices were valid in the past.

There is a need for longitudinal research related to the uses of assistive learning technologies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453-462
JournalDisability and Rehabilitation Assistive Technology
Volume9
Issue number6
Early online date2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2013

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