ERIC Number: ED331212
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
A Question of Assistive Technology and Services for Young Children with Physical Disabilities. Project TAARK.
Parette, Howard P., Jr.
A statewide survey of the technology needs of 104 children with physical disabilities aged 0-5 years was conducted in Arkansas as a component of the grant application process of Public Law 100-407 (the Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988). The survey analyzed satisfaction with assistive devices technology and services, expenditures for assistive technology and services, travel required to receive technology and services, and funding sources. Unmet technology needs were reported for the children in all areas of life functioning, including hearing aids; specialized cars, vans, and buses; vision aids; reading, writing, and typing aids; building accessibility; taking care of the home; using a computer; and using a telephone. Most children were evaluated preceding the provision of assistive technology. Families reported a substantial need for the opportunity to purchase technology on a credit plan. More than half of the children were unable to try out the technology before it was purchased. A need for more information about assistive technology and services and a need for transportation services to acquire technology and services were reported for the majority of children. (Approximately 75 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Arkansas Governor's Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, Little Rock.; Arkansas Univ., Little Rock. University-Affiliated Program.
Authoring Institution: Arkansas Univ., Little Rock. Center for Research on Teaching and Learning.
Identifiers: Arkansas; Technology Related Assistance Individ Disabil Act