ERIC Number: ED222016
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Rehabilitation Engineering Center with Research in Controls and Interfaces for Severely Disabled People. Progress Report for Third Year Grant, September 30, 1980-September 29, 1981.
LeBlanc, Maurice A.
The Rehabilitation Engineering Center (Palo Alto, California) has developed a wide range of patient services which provide assistance to the disabled community in northern California and various research activities which have had impact on the disabled population nationally. The Center has three philosophical goals: to assist each child toward as normal growth and development as possible, to assist each adolescent to bridge the transition between childhood and adulthood, and to assist each adult to develop a life style which maximizes his/her potential and quality of life. Patient service activities involve the areas of orthotics (plastic, vacuum formed, custom systems); seating and mobility; prosthetics; communicaton and controls; prevention of tissue trauma; and special projects (such as occupational and physical therapy). Other reseach activities focus on seating systems for body support and prevention of tissue trauma, versatile portable speech prosthesis, and control and display design principles. NIHR (National Institute for Handicapped Research) research activities are divided into five categories: research and development activities, clinical evaluation activities, interaction with industry activities, education and training activities, and dissemination of information and research utilization activities. Activities are usually described in terms of the objective, impact, personnel involved, progress to date, dissemination of information, and utilization of the research. Appendixes contain assessment forms for evaluation of clients' control abilities, an assessment form for evaluation of clients' need for and use of rehabilitation engineering services, a report on a followup study on communication aids, a description of the rehabilitation engineering clinical internship, a list of inservice programs, a table of miscellaneous projects, and a mobility device evaluation form. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Handicapped Research (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Children's Hospital at Stanford, Palo Alto, CA. Rehabilitation Engineering Center.