ERIC Number: ED310604
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Service Delivery and Related Issues at the Trace Research and Development Center.
Smith, R. O.
The environmental context of the Trace Center is first briefly described as background for a more detailed description of the center's service delivery activities in the field of rehabilitation/education technology. Trace serves four major functions in rehabilitation/education technology. As a nationally funded rehabilitation engineering center, Trace conducts research in control, communication, and access to information technologies. The second major thrust is the development of new products, concepts, and information. Thirdly, Trace disseminates information via resource books, a reprint service, and a workshop series. Finally there is the support of four service delivery programs: the Communication Aids and Systems Clinic (emphasizing individualized access to communication systems, primarily on an outpatient basis); the Communication Development Program (which serves non-school age clients with developmental disabilities primarily by coordinating existing therapy and support systems within each client's environment); Rehabilitation Research Services (which focus on equipment adaptation, construction, and one-time project development); and limited-term projects, usually involving outside funding. Program evaluation of any service delivery project should consider field coordination, program components, vertical integration, and competency of professionals, as detailed in a checklist. (PB)
Descriptors: Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Communication Aids (for Disabled), Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Educational Technology, Program Evaluation, Rehabilitation
Trace Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Waisman Center, 1500 Highland Ave., Madison, WI 53705-2280 ($1.65).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Trace Center.
Note: Paper presented at the National Planners Conference on Assistive Device Service Delivery sponsored by the Great Lakes Area Regional Resource Center (Chicago, IL, April 20-22, 1987). A product of the Trace Research and Development Center on Communication, Control, and Computer Access for Handicapped Individuals.