Assistive technologies for people with cognitive disabilities: Challenges and possibilities

Madelaine E. Sayko, Patrice Tremoulet

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

3 Scopus citations


According to the Journal, 'Inclusion', in 2012, 9% of the US population, or 28.5M Americans, had a cognitive disability. Worldwide the number is believed to exceed 630 million. This is a very heterogeneous group, with a wide variety of abilities and impairments making it challenging to develop assistive technologies to meet their needsA growing sub-set of this cohort is the aging population, who continue to work but experience mild cognitive changes. Though these these individuals have deep funds of knowledge, and valuable skills they may struggle in the workplace, in part due to lack of access to tools that can address their individual challenges. . The development of new technologies, such as cognitive assistants, has opened the door to more useful solutions. This paper will review the history and challenges of assistive technology for cognition (ATC) and highlight the work in which we are currently engaged.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCognitive Assistance in Government and Public Sector Applications - Papers from the AAAI 2015 Fall Symposium, Technical Report
PublisherAI Access Foundation
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781577357483
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventAAAI 2015 Fall Symposium - Arlington, United States
Duration: Nov 12 2015Nov 14 2015

Publication series

NameAAAI Fall Symposium - Technical Report


OtherAAAI 2015 Fall Symposium
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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