ERIC Number: ED376664
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Aug
How To Evaluate and Select Assistive Technology.
Arc, Arlington, TX.
This information digest discusses assistive technology for children and adults with mental retardation and other disabilities. Assistive technology is used to compensate for functional limitations and to enhance and increase learning, independence, mobility, communication, environmental control, and choice. Factors to consider when evaluating devices include performance, convenience and ease of use, reliability, safety, cost, availability, and repair and maintenance services. Technology users should determine their needs and evaluate whether the device meets these needs. The performance of the device should be evaluated with proof from objective, independent sources. Features to ensure convenience should also be considered, such as portability of the device, simplicity in use, and assembly and installation time. Ways to evaluate reliability and safety features are noted, along with what should be expected from the dealer or vendor and ways to become an informed consumer. A checklist is provided for making decisions about assistive technology. The checklist covers user questions, vendor questions, device performance evaluation, device convenience evaluation, device reliability and safety evaluation, and device practicality evaluation. (JDD)
Descriptors: Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Check Lists, Evaluation Criteria, Mental Retardation, Selection, Technology
Arc, 500 E. Border St., S-300, Arlington, TX 76010.
Publication Type: Guides - General; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arc, Arlington, TX.