The purpose of this paper is to examine and explore the use of various existing and developing technologies to enable and enhance users' lives.
The paper reviews the current research evidence and explores some policies that have been developed in this area.
The findings indicate that many technologies in current existence can be adapted to assist people with disabilities. The paper looks to the future and speculates how new and developing technologies could push the boundaries of assistance and enablement. Using clinical examples, some of the ethical and legal implications of the use of such technologies, and how certain conditions may be aided, notably disorders on the neurodiverse spectrum, are discussed.
This paper will be of use to practitioners and researchers in the fields of learning disability and mental health.
Mackenzie, R. and Watts, J. (2011), "Robots, social networking sites and multi‐user games: using new and existing assistive technologies to promote human flourishing", Tizard Learning Disability Review, Vol. 16 No. 5, pp. 38-47. https://doi.org/10.1108/13595471111185756
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