ERIC Number: ED309609
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-May
Reference Count: N/A
Assistive Technology for Persons with Disabilities. Hearings To Provide Financial Assistance under the Education of the Handicapped Act To Assist Severely Handicapped Infants, Children, and Youth, To Improve Their Educational Opportunities through the Use of Assistive Device Resource Centers, and for Other Purposes, before the Subcommittee on the Handicapped of the Committee on Labor and Human Resources. United States Senate, One Hundredth Congress, Second Session (May 19 and 20, 1988).
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources.
This hearing relates to the provision of assistive technology devices and services for disabled individuals, focusing on the need for a coordinated federal effort to assist states in the provision of these services. Proposed legislation (S. 1586, the Technology to Educate Children with Handicaps Act, called TECH Act) would establish assistive device and technology resource centers nationwide. The centers would assess the needs of handicapped children and train specialists to assess their needs and to determine the most apppropriate assistive device. The centers would help find funding for devices; train parents, educators, and children in how to use assistive devices; and disseminate information. The hearing transcript contains presentations and prepared statements from: (1) Senators Orrin Hatch and John Kerry; (2) representatives from private organizations such as Self Help for the Hard of Hearing, Electronic Industries Foundation, and American Society of Mechanical Engineers; (3) individuals with disabilities, including Teddy Pendergrass, Ann Cope, and Daryl Smith; (4) representatives from the business sector, including Apple Computer, UNISYS Corporation, Champion International Corporation, and Bell Atlantic Corporation; (5) representatives from government agencies such as the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services and the Office of Technology Assessment; and (6) representatives from colleges and universities. (JDD)
Descriptors: Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Communication Aids (for Disabled), Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Federal Programs, Mobility Aids, Sensory Aids, Technology
Superintendent of Documents, Congressional Sales Office, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources.