ERIC Number: ED393227
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
North Carolina Infant, Toddler & Preschooler Assistive Technology Needs Assessment. A Report on the Provision of Assistive Technology Devices and Services to Children with Disabilities from Birth to Age 5 in North Carolina.
Trachtman, Lawrence H.; Pierce, Patsy L.
A survey of assistive technology use among North Carolina children with disabilities age 5 and under is reported and illustrated with graphs and charts. Responses from 160 agencies provided information on 2,217 children currently receiving or requiring assistive devices and services. Results are summarized in terms of demographic findings, costs of required technology and services, sources of funding, and differences between different ages and disability types. Average costs of assistive technology for African American children were one-third lower than average costs for Caucasian children. Medicaid was found to be the most common source of funding for assistive technology, and the most frequently provided services were evaluation/assessment, child/family training, and device selection. Slightly under half of the devices recommended for use had been provided, with lack of funding and lack of trained providers cited among the most common reasons for failure to provide the necessary equipment. Recommendations for further study, additional funding and training opportunities, and expanded public awareness of available funds are provided. (PB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: North Carolina State Dept. of Human Resources, Raleigh. Div. of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Dept. of Human Resources, Raleigh. Div. of Vocational Rehabilitation Services.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina