ERIC Number: ED442241
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Discovering Hidden Resources: Assistive Technology Recycling, Refurbishing, and Redistribution. RESNA Technical Assistance Project.
RESNA: Association for the Advancement of Rehabilitation Technology, Arlington, VA.
This monograph discusses the benefits of recycling and reusing assistive technology for students with disabilities. It begins by discussing the benefits of recycled assistive technology for suppliers, students, and consumers, and then profiles programmatic models for assistive technology recycling programs. The advantages and disadvantages for giving assistive technology away, becoming a durable medical equipment dealer, becoming a discount broker, loaning it at no cost, and incorporating it into an existing redistribution organization are outlined for consumers, nonprofit organizations, and durable medical equipment dealers. The following sections address: (1) management aspects of recycling; (2) refurbished equipment marketplace; (3) components of computer recycling programs, including starting a recycling program, partnerships, and program management; (4) assistive technology recycling efforts around the globe; and (5) national issues, such as payment and funding for recycled devices, federal funding sources, transportation, policy issues concerning payment by public and private insurance programs, and program sustainability. Recycling efforts by different nonprofit organizations are profiled throughout the monograph. Appendices include a RESNA Technical Assistance Project bulletin on exchanging and recycling assistive technology programs. (CR)
Descriptors: Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Disabilities, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Support, Models, Program Administration, Program Design, Program Development, Recycling
RESNA Technical Assistance Project, 1700 North Moore St., Suite 1540, Arlington, VA 22209-1903; Tel: 703-524-6686 (Voice); Tel: 703-524-6639 (TTY); Fax: 703-524-6630; Web site: http://www.resna.org/taproject (available in alternative formats).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: RESNA: Association for the Advancement of Rehabilitation Technology, Arlington, VA.