ERIC Number: ED404834
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Issues and Applications in Assistive Technology.
Langton, Anthony J.; And Others
This collection of four reports focuses on the provision of assistive technology for individuals with disabilities. The first report, "Making More Effective Use of Assistive Technology in the Vocational Evaluation Process" (Anthony J. Langton), discusses how integrating assistive technology into the vocational evaluation process will enhance the capacity to serve individuals with severe disabilities as well as be a valuable resource for all programming. Suggestions on how assistive technology and rehabilitation engineering services could be incorporated into the evaluation process are presented. The role of the vocational evaluator and the challenges faced by the field of vocational evaluation are also explored. "Cooperative Service Delivery: A Cost-Effective Strategy" (Lydia S. Gaster and others) presents a service delivery model for providing assistive technology services that is projected to reduce costs to individual programs by as much as two-thirds or more. The use of cooperative agreements between a host and a number of affiliate programs to establish the base for a comprehensive assistive technology clinic is described. "Critical Issues Impacting on the Use of Assistive Technology" (Anthony J. Langton) identifies and briefly discusses critical concerns which should be addressed in planning and delivering assistive technology services, including the integration of services, funding availability, awareness level, access to information, rural needs, coordination of services between agencies and programs, the identification of qualified service providers, quality assurance, service provider training, consumer involvement, and follow-up support. "Utilizing Technology in the Vocational Rehabilitation Process" (Anthony J. Langton) describes the results of a study group consisting of rehabilitation case management staff and technology specialists that identified nine key decision points and service activities to determine where technology services should be utilized. Each report contains references. (Author/CR)
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: South Carolina State Vocational Rehabilitation Dept., West Columbia. Center for Rehabilitation Technology Services.