Matching Person & Technology Trilogy:

Assistive Technologies and Other Support for People with Brain Impairment

You can obtain this book directly from Springer Publishing Co. or from

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company; 1 edition (December 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826106455
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826106452

"Assistive Technologies and Other Support for People with Brain Impairment, by Marcia J. Scherer, is a must-have text for academic instructors and their students. The author’s synopsis of brain impairment, current rehabilitation strategies, available assistive technologies and resources, as well as the practical merging of the above, makes this an invaluable addition to any academic program in cognitive rehabilitation....The author’s inclusion of a section regarding current funding options makes this text truly invaluable and a leader amongst its contemporaries."--Brain Injury

"This book is an extensive and impressive overview, not only of current research in assistive technology (AT), but also of its relationship to cognitive dysfunction, and of the experiences that people with cognitive disabilities present from birth or due to acquired brain injury....[It] will be valuable not only for healthcare professionals, but also as a knowledge base for users, families, and carers."--Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine

"Marcia Scherer's book is timely, ambitiously thorough, and provides a framework for understanding complex needs and their rehabilitation...Assistive Technologies and Other Supports for People with Brain Impairment is, to my mind, the first book of sufficient depth, theoretical clarity and usefulness to be considerable as a textbook of this exciting field."--Neuropsychological Rehabilitation

"The author's strong and diverse experience in clinical, research and technology has resulted in an important guide for practitioners, families, caregivers and persons with disability who are seeking assistive technology supports."--Brain Injury Professional

"Dr. Scherer provides a comprehensive and well-integrated examination of disabilities associated with brain impairment and how to approach the use of adaptive technologies."--Journal of Technology in Human Services

"[This book] gives a clear and detailed overview of how the brain reacts to impairment and gives illustrated examples of effective integration of AT into the lives of people with cognitive disability. The resources referred to are primarily American but the principles are universal."--The Newsletter of the Australian Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association

"Despite fast-paced changes in both consumer technology and medical assistive technology, the book is up-to-date, incorporating discussion of the latest devices and approaches. The writing is clear and the book is well-organized, with a substantial number of comprehensive tables and charts that make this a valuable reference work."--Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology

4th Edition of Living in the State of Stuck

The updated edition of Living in the State of Stuck: How Assistive Technology Impacts the Lives of People with Disabilities

· Chronicles the changed lives of many persons with disabilities from 1985 to 2004

· Has new sections such as "relationship rehabilitation"

· Includes a full and comprehensive case report developed from the results of MPT measures

· Plus lots more

You can order the 4th edition of Living in the State of Stuck: How Assistive Technology Impacts the Lives of People with Disabilities directly from Brookline Books or from

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Brookline Books; 4 edition (January 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571290982
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571290984

STUDENT WORKBOOK for Living in the State of Stuck, 4th Edition

Connecting to Learn: Educational and Assistive Technology for People With Disabilities

The following paragraph was provided by American Psychological Association (APA) Books. Click here to link to their web site to order a copy or order from

  • For anyone who has been overwhelmed when selecting an educational or assistive technology or who has experienced frustration in trying to come up with the best instructional plan for a person with a disability, this book was written for you. Connecting to Learn presents a comprehensive, lifespan, and highly readable approach to matching the right technology with students with disabilities, especially visual and auditory disabilities. Dr. Scherer, author of the highly acclaimed Living in the State of Stuck: How Technology Impacts the Lives of People with Disabilities explores the way disabilities, especially those involving the senses, can lead to isolation and a lack of "connectedness," and how this in turn leads to learning difficulties. She then provides a step-by-step model for assessing and evaluating individual students on their needs and finding the right technology to help each student. This practical book features numerous checklists and forms that readers will find immediately applicable. The book provides data on the prevalence of vision and hearing loss as well as relevant legislation. Quotes throughout the book from students and teachers about the various technologies they use in their schools and in daily life bring the many empirical and practical points to life. School psychologists, rehabilitation therapists, educators, disability support service administrators, instructional design specialists, parents and individuals with disabilities, and rehabilitation psychologists will find this lively and compassionate book to be indispensable in their efforts to help those with disabilities learn, live, and connect with others. Readers with disabilities will first nod in recognition at the problems this book describes and will ultimately cheer its practical solutions.
  • 314 pages. Hardcover.
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association (APA); 1 edition (September 29, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557989826
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557989826

Edited and Co-Authored Books

Assistive Technology Assessment Handbook (Rehabilitation Science in Practice Series)

by Stefano Federici (Editor), Marcia Scherer (Editor)

  • Series: Rehabilitation Science in Practice Series
  • Hardcover: 484 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439838658
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439838655

The process of matching a person who has a disability with the most appropriate assistive technology requires a series of assessments, typically administered by multidisciplinary teams at specialized centers for technical aid. Assistive Technology Assessment Handbook fills the need for a reference that helps assistive technology experts perform assessments that more effectively connect the person and the technology. Emphasizing the well-being of the individual with a disability, the book proposes an ideal model of the assistive technology assessment process and outlines how this model can be applied in practice internationally.

Organized into three parts, the handbook:

  • Gives readers a toolkit for performing assessments
  • Describes the roles of the assessment team members, among them the new profession of the psychotechnologist, who is skilled in understanding individuals and their psychosocial and technological needs and preferences
  • Reviews cutting-edge technologies for rehabilitation and independent living, including brain–computer interfaces and microswitches

The book synthesizes information scattered throughout the international literature, focusing on aspects that are particularly representative or innovative. It also addresses the challenges posed by the variety of health and social care systems and the different ways that individuals who need aid are defined―are they users, patients, clients, or consumers, and how does that affect the assessment?

Edited by Stefano Federici and Marcia J. Scherer, internationally renowned leaders in the field of assistive technology assessment, this cross-cultural handbook includes contributions from leading experts across five continents. Guiding readers in matching the person and the appropriate assistive technology, it offers a framework for future practice and research.

Assistive Technology: Matching Device and Consumer for Successful Rehabilitation

by Marcia J. Scherer (Editor)

  • Hardcover: 423 pages
  • Publisher: Amer Psychological Assn; 1 edition (January 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557988404
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557988409

An exploration of the ways in which psychologists and other helping professionals can collaborate with users of assistive technology to help them get the most out of these devices. Thanks in large part to the 20th century's advances in technology, people with disabilities can live independent lives, contribute to their communities, attend regular schools, and work in professional careers as a result of assistive technology. This technological evolution has formented a shift from a medical model to a social model of technology delivery, an approach that puts as much emphasis on the user's community integration as it does on his or her physical capabilities. This change means that those in the field can no longer focus on the delivery of technology as an end in itself, but must go one step further and partner with consumers and communities to ensure that assistive devices are put to their best possible use. The volume provides research-based guidance on finding the perfect match between device and consumer, including key information on personality assessment, the influence of pain, coping skills, and the power of new technology and social programmes. It should be useful to psychologists, researchers and anyone working with or using assistive technology.

This book has received a 5 star rating from Doody's Reviews -- their top rating. A 5-star rating is awarded to only 5% of the books they review in health sciences. The full text of the review is available from (Barnes and Noble Books website) and their listing for the book. There is a student workbook for this text on the MPT CD. Kudos and gratitude to graduate students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who developed the workbook.

Assistive Technology in the Workplace

by Desleigh de Jonge B Occ Thy M Phil(Occ Thy) (Author), Marcia Scherer PhD MPH (Author), Sylvia Rodger PhD M Ed St B Occ Thy (Author)

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Mosby; 1 edition (October 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0323041302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0323041300

The first book of its kind, this text outlines and defines the process for selecting, integrating, and utilizing assistive technology in the work environment. Each stage of the process is examined in depth, and effective strategies are presented to help overcome the barriers likely to be encountered at each stage. The book also provides insight into the client's experience by drawing on research that explores the experiences of people using assistive technology in the workplace and the issues they face in acquiring and using their technology in the work environment.

  • Results from the Assistive Technology User Study are explained - an extensive and unique research project undertaken by the authors that examines the experiences of AT users in the workplace, the barriers they experience, and the support strategies they use to function in the work environment.
  • AT user quotes and anecdotes bring immediacy to obstacles faced in the workplace.
  • Vignettes and case studies throughout the text encourage students to apply principles to real-life situations.
  • Appendices include listings for various professional organizations, funding, listservs, and research resources, as well as lists of questions therapists and clients should ask in various situations.
  • Material progresses in a logical manner, examining each facet of workplace AT beyond its theory and evaluation.
  • Consumer/client-centered focus takes the client's needs into account, featuring anecdotes from the users interviewed in the AT User Study.
  • Employer concerns are addressed, using anecdotes to illustrate issues from the employer's perspective - an essential factor to consider when selecting appropriate technology.