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International Journal of Transitions and Innovation Systems
International Journal of Transitions and Innovation Systems


Special Issue on: "Assistive Technology and Impacts on Innovation"

Guest Editors:
Dr. Fabiana Bonilha, Dr. Sílvio Spinella and Mrs. Vanessa Ferreira, Center for Information Technology Renato Archer (CTI), Brazil

This special issue will focus on the impacts of assistive technology on innovation systems for improved function and access of individuals with disabilities and/or mobility impairments. We would like to emphasise technologies that assist in overcoming attitudinal and environmental barriers that hinder the full and effective access, participation, inclusion and achievement of persons with disabilities.

Assistive technology plays a key role in organisation ecosystems in terms of transition and innovation challenges and impacts. Communities of experts in this ecosystem (e.g. occupational therapists, physical therapists, educators, engineers, assistive technology professionals, independent living specialists and others) have an important role in this spiral of innovation.

Technologies may include aids for daily living, augmentative/alternative communication, aids for computer access, environment control units, architectural elements, mobility aids, vehicle adaptations, orthotics and prosthetics, seating and positioning, recreation and leisure, sports, aids for blind people or people with low vision, and aids for people with hearing deficit or deafness.

In this context, particular topics will be very significant in the future:

  • The integration of theoretical models and techniques of assistive technology in contexts of dynamics of smart environments
  • The integration into models of emerging societal concerns related to assistive technology and smart working environments
  • Evaluation of assistive technology and societal problems
  • The adaptation of standards to assistive technology
Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Accessible toys, play and playgrounds
  • Assistive technology in rehabilitation
  • Community access technologies
  • Computer access technologies
  • Education access
  • Employment access
  • Environment access
  • Functional seating and positioning
  • Home access technologies
  • Independent living
  • Recreation, leisure and sports

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please read our Submitting articles page.

The Guest Editors are happy to discuss initial ideas for papers and can be contacted directly:

Dr. Fabiana Bonilha:
Dr. Sílvio Spinella:
Mrs. Vanessa Maria de Vargas Ferreira:

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 14 October, 2014 (extended)

Feedback to authors: 14 November, 2014

Submission for the second review: 30 December, 2014

Notification of final acceptance: 15 January, 2015

Final submission: 20 January, 2015