This volume in The SAGE Reference Series on Disability explores issues involving assistive technology engineering and science. It is one of eight volumes in the cross-disciplinary and issues-based series, which incorporates links from varied fields making up Disability Studies as volumes examine topics central to the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families. With a balance of history, theory, research, and application, specialists set out the findings and implications of research and practice for others whose current or future work involves the care and/or study of those with disabilities, as well as for the disabled themselves. The presentational style (concise and engaging) emphasizes accessibility. Taken individually, each volume sets out the fundamentals of the topic it addresses, accompanied by compiled data and statistics, recommended further readings, a guide to organizations and associations, and other annotated resources, thus providing the ideal introductory platform and gateway for further study. Taken together, the series represents both a survey of major disability issues and a guide to new directions and trends and contemporary resources in the field as a whole.
Cathy Bodine, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor and Section Head in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Department of Pediatrics, an Affiliate Faculty Member in the Department of Bioengineering, and Executive Director of Assistive Technology Partners at the University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Bodine began her career in assistive technology in 1985. She joined the faculty of the University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus in 1996. Today, she is internationally recognized for her leadership in the field of assistive technology and vigorously pursues her passions for new product design, research, service to families and persons with disabilities, and the professional assistive technology community at large through her leadership of Assistive Technology Partners. Dr. Bodine has served as the principal investigator (PI) for a number of preservice professional preparation grants, as well as the Colorado Assistive Technology Act. In addition, she has served as the PI for several research and development projects leading to new designs in AT devices. She also led a U.S. Department of Education funded Field Initiated Development Project utilizing the International Classification of Functioning to measure assistive technology outcomes. She is the principal investigator for the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Advancing Cognitive Technologies (RERC-ACT). Dr. Bodine serves on numerous national and international boards and is a frequent author and lecturer.