Assistive Technology on the Threshold of the New Millennium
AAATE 99, 5th European Conference for the Advancement of Assistive Technology
In these days the field of assistive technology is influenced by a rapid development of mainstream technologies on one hand and ongoing or expected changes of the social systems in relation to societal change and the ageing of the population on the other hand. On this background, assistive technology provides a potential to respond with cost-effective solutions to the support of persons with disabilities and older people improving their quality of life: strategies of design for all combined with dedicated special technical aids offer opportunities for social integration. The contributions in this book provide a broad overview and insight in the current development of technical support of people with functional restrictions. Key technologies like telecommunications or information technology are addressed, but also low-tech practical solutions.