ERIC Number: ED421808
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Evaluation of Individuals with Visual Impairment for Educational and Vocational Applications of Assistive Technology.
Fay, Brian T.
This paper offers a method for evaluating individuals with visual impairments to determine the use of appropriate assistive technologies. The method is based on the HAAT model, which concentrates on the interaction of three factors: Human, Activity, and Assistive Technology. The evaluation process involves six steps: referral and intake, initial evaluation, recommendations and report, implementation, follow-up, and follow-along. Applied specifically to the vocational referral process, the assistive technology evaluation involves obtaining the individual's relevant records and dealing with such complicating factors as failure to include the assistive technology evaluation as part of the Individualized Education or Rehabilitation Plan and lack of statements from persons integral to the application of assistive technology. Also considered are evaluation of the individual's receptive and expressive communication and familiarity with aspects of technology, such as personal computer monitor settings, ability to use a mouse, and ability to use a keyboard. Some guidelines for writing the evaluation report are also given. (DB)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Evaluation Methods, Models, Rehabilitation, Student Evaluation, Technology, Visual Impairments, Vocational Education, Vocational Rehabilitation
World Wide Web: http://www.dinf.org/csun_98/csun98129.htm
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the California State University - Northridge Annual Conference (Los Angeles, CA, March, 1998).