Checking date: 19/04/2023

Course: 2023/2024

Technology disability support
Master in Telecomunications Engineering (Plan: 171 - Estudio: 227)

Coordinating teacher: SANCHEZ PENA, JOSE MANUEL

Department assigned to the subject: Electronic Technology Department

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Not applicable
The main goals for students in this subject are the following: - Ability to design and evaluate electronic and photonic systems to support disability. - Application of the requirements of Design for All (DpT) to the design of products and systems to support the disabled. - Ability to develop an individual work on a product or electronic and / or photonic system for a specific disability profile meeting specific technical requirements. - Ability to apply the acquired knowledge and solve problems in new environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to their area of study in order to transfer them to the field of disability support systems.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
M0: Overview of Disability: Current Status and Challenges -0.1 Definitions of impairment / disability. -0.2 Geographical distribution of disability in the World / Spain. Guidelines and rules -0.3 accessible / universal design. Description of the principles of universal design. Example of practical application M1: Evaluation of technical aids: standards and best practices. -1.1 Overview of national reglamentation related to disability M2: Evaluation of support products: standards and best practices - 21: Classification of SPs - 22: Classic Technology vs Current Technology M3: Products supporting for the visually impaired. - 31: Anatomy of the eye. - 32: Low vision - 33: Assistive products for low vision M4: Motor Disability -4.1: Introduction and motor disability issues -4.2: Technical Aids for motor disability M5: Intellectual Disability. -5.1: Causes of intellectual disability -5.2 AAC Systems M6: Hearing impairment -6.1: Ear anatomy -6.2: Causes of hearing impairment -6.3 Audiovisual Accessibility -6.4 Tecnical Aids
Learning activities and methodology
LEARNING ACTIVITIES Masterclass Theoretical and practical class Tutorials Group work Individual work of the student METHODOLOGY Presentations in the classroom by the professor, with audiovisual support, in which the main concepts of the subject will be exposed, and the bibliography to support students learning will be presented. Questioning reading of the professor recommended texts: press articles, manuals, papers, in order to discuss in the classroom or to increase and strengthen the acquired knowledge. Aula Global debate forum. Work and reports preparation, both held in group or individual format.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 0
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 100
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • A. Mittal and S. Sofat. Sensors and Displays for Electronic Travel Aids: A Survey. International Journal of Image Processing, 5, 1-14.. 2010
  • Eds.: M. A. Hersh and M. Johnson. Assistive Technology for Visually Impaired and Blind People, . Springer. ISBN 978-1-84628-867-8. 2008
  • Eds.: W.Barfield and T.Caudell . Fundamentals of Wearable Computers and Augmented Reality.. Mahway, NJ, US.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associate. 2001
  • Eds.:Maria Manuela Cruz-Cunha, Isabel Maria Miranda and Patricia Gonçalves. Handbook of Research on ICTs for Human-Centered Healthcare and Social Care Services (2 Volumes) . DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-3986-7,ISBN13:9781466639867, ISBN10: 1466639865, EISBN13: 9781466639874. 2014
  • Georgios Kouroupetroglou. Assistive Technologies and Computer Access for Motor Disabilities. IGI Global. ISBN-10:*1466644389*ISBN-13:*978-1466644380 . 2013
  • Reiner Wichert, Birgid Eberhardt. Ambient Assisted Living: 5. AAL-Kongress 2012 Berlin, Germany, January 24-25, 2012 . Springer. *ISBN-10:*3642440460* ISBN-13:*978-3642440465 . 2014

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.