Handbook of Electronic Assistive Technology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128124871, 9780128124888

Handbook of Electronic Assistive Technology

1st Edition

Authors: Ladan Najafi Donna Cowan
eBook ISBN: 9780128124888
Paperback ISBN: 9780128124871
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 21st November 2018
Page Count: 382
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Electronic Assistive Technology (EAT) is a subset of a wider range of products and services known as Assistive Technology (AT). AT is designed to support and enable people with disabilities, either acquired or congenital, to participate in activities with greater independence and safety. With a global aging population, it has an important role to play in enabling and supporting those with disability and their carers.

Handbook of Electronic Assistive Technology discusses a range of commonly available or emerging electronic assistive technologies. It provides historical background, advice when assessing for these devices and references different models of provision. It includes both medical and engineering aspects of provision. It is anticipated that the book will support students, trainees, and newly qualified Assistive Technology Practitioners to develop their understanding of the field, by considering the variables that could potentially influence the decision-making process when assessing for and providing this equipment. It also provides a reference point for those already practicing in this field and offers coverage of a broader range of technologies than clinicians may be exposed to, in their daily work

This is the first reference book to focus on a comprehensive set of electronic assistive technologies and discuss their clinical application.

Key Features

  • Provides comprehensive coverage of electronic assistive devices
  • Gives an overview of physical and cognitive pathologies and approaches for utilizing electronic assistive devices for individuals affected by these pathologies
  • Covers essentials for assistive technology practitioners, human factors and technologies


Bioengineers, Clinical Engineers, Assistive Technology Practitioners, Clinicians, Graduate Students in Biomedical Engineering

Table of Contents


Chapter 1

Functional Posture

  • Development of postural management
  • Postural management equipment
  • Assessment and provision
  • Outcome measures
  • Evidence Base

Chapter 2


  • Motor Neurone Disease
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Stroke
  • dementia
  • etc

Sensory impairment and EAT

cognitive impairment and EAT

Chapter 3

Assessment and Prescription

  • assessment models
  • physical
  • sensory
  • cognitive
  • functional
  • documentation
    • forms
    • review
    • maintenance

Chapter 4

Alternative Access technologies inc.

  • mechanical switches
  • proximity switches
  • eye gaze systems
  • brain-computer interface
  • EMG

Chapter 5

Environmental control (EC) and alternative computer access

  • History of EC/ alternative computer access
  • types and development
  • provision
  • outcome measures,
  • evidence Base

Chapter 6

Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC)

  • History of AAC
  • types and development
  • provision models
  • outcome measures
  • evidence Base

Chapter 7

Assisted living including tele health/ telecare

  • Development of telecare/health
  • types and development
  • provision models
  • outcome measures
  • evidence Base

Chapter 8

Powered mobility

  • Development of powered mobility
  • types and development
  • provision models
  • outcome measures
  • Evidence Base

Chapter 9

Integration of technology

  • Development of integration
  • types
  • provision models
  • outcome measures
  • Evidence Base

Chapter 10


  • History of robotics
  • types and development
  • Evidence Base


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About the Author

Ladan Najafi

Ladan Najafi is a Clinical Scientist and a Chartered Engineer. She has a degree in Medical Engineering and MSc in Bio-Medical Engineering. She has specialised in Electronic Assistive Technology (EAT) and has experience of working with both adults and pediatrics. Ladan joined the East Kent Adult Communication and Assistive Technology (ACAT) Service in 2011 as the head of the service. This service is a section of the Medical Physics department of the East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust. She successfully expanded the ACAT service across Kent and Medway in 2015.

Affiliations and Expertise

Clinical Scientist and Head of Adult Team, Kent and Medway Communication and Assistive Technology (KM CAT)

Donna Cowan

Donna Cowan has over 25 years of clinical and research experience in the field of Electronic Assistive Technology. She is a Consultant Clinical Scientist with a degree in Electronic Engineering and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering. She has led both adult and paediatric assistive technology services. She currently heads the Rehabilitation Engineering Service at Chailey Clinical which is part of Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust.

Affiliations and Expertise

Deputy Clinical Director, Chailey Clinical Services

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