HCC 741: Assistive Technology and Accessibility

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Chapter 3.4 (pages 65 – 78) (Due 10/2)


Read the section on cognitive function and assistive technology use in the textbook (pages 65 – 78)


Author: amyhurst

Assistant Professor at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in Human-Centered Computing and Assistive Technology

7 thoughts on “Chapter 3.4 (pages 65 – 78) (Due 10/2)

  1. Do people have issues adapting to their assistive technology and is it coupled with their issues accepting their disabilities.

  2. What are some common adaptations for older users who can no longer use their assistive technology due to slow loss of sensory and basic motor skills?

  3. How does perception of a disability differ by culture? how does this change the use of the AT?

  4. Can early intervention through assistive technologies ever cause damage? Might children with language disorders who have always had a device to help them communicate not be as willing to develop their own language skills? I ask this based on children who I have worked with and their tendency to use technology because it’s easier, when they really have the ability to develop certain skills on their own.

    • I am also curious about this topic. How large is the danger of assessing the abilities of a child incorrectly and missing opportunities to assist in their development?

  5. Would like to discuss Language more, specifically alternatives to speech and current AAC devices that extend and assist language development in children.

  6. In the chapter it is mentioned that people who are born with cognitive impairments should be assessed differently then people who become impaired through trauma. I wonder which case is more challenging for AT?

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