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Assistive Technology Design for Intelligence Augmentation by Stefan Carmien

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CHAPTER5

Things to Avoid

This brief chapter contains some dead-end warnings that novice AT developers may face. This is very much a personal list, but others may be found in Kings excellent book on AT design (King, 1999):

•Diagnosis and Functionality

•I Have a Theory; I Have a Cousin

•Islands of Ability

5.1DIAGNOSIS AND FUNCTIONALITY

Short Definition: Many technologists, in initial forays into the domain of AT design, focus on the diagnosis resulting in the disability rather than the actual missing/low functioning abilities. This leads to many blind alleys, and missing many design opportunities.

Longer Description: As designers, we are always looking for more information about the problem at hand, and the first offered description of a potential ...

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