November 2006

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Inclusive Design Guidelines for HCI
Published by: Taylor & Francis
Edited by: Julio Abascal and Collette Nicolle
ISBN: 0748409483
Pages: 285
The good practices in medical and health care systems has brought down the mortality rate and, demographically the population of elderly people is on increase. Problem concerned with disabilities also tend to increase with the age. Professionals in the field of human-computer interaction (HCI) are also becoming alarmingly aware of the needs of the aged and old peolpe coupled with disabilities.

The book provides valuable advice for human-computer interaction (HCI) practitioners and present a range of inclusive design guidelines that exist for HCI. It is divided into six parts, with the first part serving as an introduction to the issues and the last part a comment on the future. Part two pertains to general issues on the design process and, simultaneously exploring the processes that can influence the support and use of guidelines. It explains on accessibility and usability requirements for ICTs for disabled and elderly people with a functional approach. The third part recognises the validity of design guidelines for what might be referred to as generic HCI. Part four includes a series of existing guidelines as well as guidelines for specific application areas. Part five offers five chapters related to specific application areas. Good design and accessibility for various telecommunications devices and services is covered.  Finally, general design guidelines are applied to the specific context of computer-based instruction and learning materials towards ensuring that people with disabilities obtain maximum benefit.

On the Special Needs of Blind and Low Vision Seniors
Published by:IOS Press
Author(s): Hans-Eugen (EDT) Schulze, Hans-Werner Wahl
ISBN:158603152X
Pages: 351
The book gives an emphatic account of the condition of being blind and how disability can be coped up even in later stages in life. The book encourages the practioners and hopes to set new parameters in research in the field of eye diseases to psycho-social and educational issues on the planes of social and behavioural level.

The book is conveniently arranged into seven parts. Basic Positions, in the part I of the book Barbara Silverstone from the U.S. and John Cook from Australia reflects their view on what it does mean to suffer from visual impairment in the later years and how to brave the situation with new innings with the aid of available systems and medical care. In part II, Epidemiology and Medical-ophthalmological Research, emphasis is laid  on the epidemiology of age-related vision degeneration and research concerned with agening factors. Part III, Psychosocial Issues and Daily Living Skills in Different Settings – Empirical and Conceptual Contributions makes an analysis of entire gamut of day-to-day routine challenges and the strenuous coping up efforts put by of those who are suffering from loss of vision. Part IV, Intervention and Rehabilitation – Empirical and Conceptual Contributions gives suggestions on best practices of  existing rehabilitation and intervention techniques to cater the needs to visually impaired elders. Part V, Educational Issues – Programs, Media, Self-help and New Technologies explores the potential of a diversity of conventional and novel means  and methods toward supporting the educational processes. Part VI, Learning from Each Other in an International Perspective stresses the necessity of sharing the best working models at a broader level. Finally, part VII, Look into the Future, offers a three-fold view of what is lying ahead in the field,  in terms of the future of the science and technology to be at service of ophthalmology.

Understanding Disability
Published by : Praeger/Greenwood
Author(s): Paul T. Jaeger, Cynthia Ann Bowman
ISBN: 0275982262
Pages: 165
Addressing the  crucial social issue of disability the book is comprenshively written to develop awareness among readers and on the social-roles of disability. The informative work makes an anaylitical study into various social factors like classifications of disability; social reactions to disability; legal rights and classifications of persons with disabilities; issues of accessibility to Information and Communication Technol-ogies, representations of disability in a range of media, including literature, painting, film, television and advertising, and major issues shaping the contemporary social roles of persons with disabilities.

The book reveals a true picture of the social place, limitations, and rights of persons with disabilities. Scholars tend to discuss it in the abstract form, medical personnel view it as a health issue, and legal looks at disabled problem as on how to advocate or protect organisations against the demands for accommodation. As a result, disabled individuals are seen as bits and pieces of everyone’s domain except of their own. The writers of this book, having long personal experiences with disabilities, offer a holistic understanding of the lives of disabled individuals from representations in the media to issues of civil rights. It well serves as a course material in disability studies at introductory level besides keeping the academic interest with its focus on interdisciplinarity. g

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