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Book title: Assistive Technologies, Disability Informatics and Computer Access for Motor Limitations

Editor: Georgios Kouroupetroglou, Department of Informatics, University of Athens

Call for Chapters: Proposals Submission Deadline: April 30, 2012

Over the last few decades, members of industry, academia, and various professional disciplines, including rehabilitation sciences, occupational therapy, computer engineering (mainly developers of human-computer interfaces, Web designers and Web content providers), ergonomics, and teaching (especially inclusive and special education) have expressed increasingly strong interest in assistive technology for the disabled.

The main forces that boost this interest come from: a) legislation and policy frameworks which support the disabled and their societal inclusion and participation and b) the demographics of an increasing aging population, given that the number of the disabled rises drastically for those over 65 years old (50% of those over 75 experience some loss of motor capability). 

The number of persons with motor disabilities is not inconsiderable. For example, studies in Europe show that 0.4% of the general population uses wheel chairs, 5% cannot walk without an aid, 0.3% cannot use their fingers, 0.1% cannot use an arm, 2.8% have reduced strength, and 1.4% have reduced co-ordination. Moreover, 0.3% of the general population is speech impaired due mainly to motor limitations. These disabilities range from mild and moderate up to severe loss of capability. Some individuals have multiple disabilities.

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) tends to address motor limitations with one of two approaches: 1) to provide smart Assistive Technologies for improving life at home, leisure, work and school, and 2) to attempt not to exclude persons with disabilities from the Information Society (i.e. to provide accessibility to Web content and Internet services). ICT achieves these objectives with international accessibility standards and by adopting Design for All or Universal Design methodologies. Universal design in particular plays a significant role in reducing of the cost of the Assistive Technologies. Recent and emerging ICT technological approaches target all kinds of motor limitations, including the situation-based (occasional or transient loss of motor functionality), and are applied to the whole spectrum of user devices (including personal computers, notebooks, mobile phones).

Objective of the Book: This book will focus on computer-based Assistive Technology and accessibility for individuals with motor limitations. Chapters will discuss the development of mature and smart computer-based assistive technologies and improved access for persons with motor limitations by:
•    addressing unfolding scientific, methodological, and technological issues
•    exploring how to systematically apply design principles, methodologies and tools
•    explaining diversity in technological platforms and contexts of use, including trends in mobile interaction and ambient intelligence environments
•    analyzing novel interaction methods and techniques for computer access for individuals with motor limitations, and
•    discussing a variety of applications in diverse domains.

The book will reflect recent developments, consolidate present knowledge, and point towards future perspectives on assistive technology and computer access for motor limitations. As a source of information for interdisciplinary and cross-thematic study, the book will provide a baseline for further in-depth studies, and serve as an important educational tool in an increasingly globalized research and development environment.

Target Audience: The book targets readers from industry, academia and a variety of professions, including advanced students, researchers, system designers and developers, professionals and practitioners in rehabilitation engineering, computer science and engineering (mainly developers of human-computer interfaces, Web designers  and Web content providers), occupational therapy, ergonomics, teaching and special education, clinical engineering, and health care. This book might be utilized as a reference in the field, an upper-level course supplement, a resource for instructors, etc.

Recommended topics: Recommended topics include, but are not limited to the following:
•    Assistive Technology and Computer Access, an introduction
•    Requirements’ Analysis of persons with motor limitations
•    Switches, Scanning Techniques and Word Prediction methodologies for Computer Access
•    Virtual and alternative keyboards
•    Mouse emulation techniques and devices
•    Haptic/Gesture based human-computer interaction
•    Head/Eye tracking and gaze human-computer interaction
•    Voice-based human-computer interaction
•    Assistive Robotics for motor limitations
•    Brain-wave human-computer interaction
•    Computer Access options of operating systems
•    Open Source Assistive Technology software for motor limitations
•    Web Accessibility for persons with motor limitations
•    Augmentative and Alternative Communication applications for the motor disabled
•    Ambient Assistive Living for the motor disabled
•    Evaluation Methodologies of computer input devices

Submission Procedure: Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before April 30, 2012, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by August 10, 2012 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by November 30, 2012. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Publisher: This book is scheduled to be published in 2013 by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit

Important Dates

April 30, 2012:            Proposal Submission Deadline
August 10, 2012:        Notification of Acceptance
November 30, 2012:  Full Chapter Submission
January 15, 2013:       Review Results Returned
March 15, 2013:         Final Chapter Submission
April 10, 2013:            Final Deadline

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) to: Professor Georgios Kouroupetroglou, Email:

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Georgios Kouroupetroglou




 Î“εώργιος Κουρουπέτρογλου


 University of Athens
 Department of Informatics and Telecommunications,
 Panepistimiopolis, Ilisia,
 GR-15784, Athens, Greece

tel.: +30 2107275305
fax: +30 2106018677


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  Τμήμα Πληροφορικής και Τηλεπικοινωνιών,
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Hello, I am looking for information on the accessibility of the Mastering Chemistry site by Pearson and the site. Both have information about their accessibility but I am looking for information from someone who has actually tested it to determine any deficiencies. If you have anything you would like to share, or can point me in a direction on where to get more information, I would be so thankful. We currently have an instructor using each of the sites and want to make sure that they do not hinder a student from being successful. Best regards, Barbara Barbara Taylor, MA, MS Instructional Developer Cal State San Marcos IITS/Academic Technology Services Kellogg Library 2420 San Marcos, CA 92096 ph: 760-750-8673 ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at
Hello Barbara, I do not use the Mastering Chemistry. However, I do use the MyMathlab and Mathxl. I really like these applications because it is like a built in CMS. You can create assignments, make announcements, upload documents, send emails and setup a gradebook. I particular like that the homework assignments have resources for students to solve problems (i.e. help solve, textbook, see example, video tutorial). I have been using MyMathLab and Mathxl for about a year. My students have not mentioned any accessibility issues with the program. However, I have been testing the accessibility of the Mathxl program with our college's Director of Disability Services. We have discovered that some of the program (homework assignments and homework tools) cannot be read by natural reader. Pearson only supports JAWs screenreader. This is a problem for our students with reading disabilities. They use natural reader. I will share the links that Pearson sent me on accessibility. The Director of Disability Services has been in contact with Pearson regarding this issue. You may want to inquiry with your Pearson representative about the types of readers that are compatible with Mastering Chemistry. The squeaky wheel gets the oil. I have been exploring Cengage's WebAssign. However, I have not had a chance to test accessibility with the Disability Services. I hope to investigate after finals. Program accessibility will be a consideration for next year's classes. I do prefer the Pearson program. As an instructor, the Pearson application is simple and very intuitive. Also, I like the way Pearson designed the homework problems. Students receive instant feedback, after each problem. However, if Cengage is more accessible friendly, I may have to reconsider. I hope this is helpful. Let me know if you have any questions. Regina Ewing Educational Technologist/Adjunct Professor Mitchell College
Thank you very much Regina. This is very helpful. I have reached out to Pearson and McGraw-Hill. Once I know more from them, or through our evaluation, I will share with the group. Barbara Sent from my iPad