ERIC Number: ED449589
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Aug-22
Assistive Technology: Issues and Trends.
Scherer, Marcia J.
This paper discusses current issues regarding assistive technology devices and services, especially in relation to the roles and responsibilities of the rehabilitation psychologist. Following an introductory section which defines an assistive technology device and an assistive technology service, the following sections discuss: (1) past developments and current trends--increasing use of microprocessors, more health care delivery in the home, and movement from the medical model of rehabilitation to a social model; (2) the impact of assistive technology on quality of life--there have been few studies on this topic; and (3) needs of older users of assistive technology--there may be discomfort and lack of understanding of technology by the user or caretaker. The final section offers practical suggestions for rehabilitation psychologists when assessing characteristics and preferences of the person with a disability, when assessing the context, when assessing activities and desired features of technologies, and when assessing outcomes of assistive technology device and service utilization. Also included are suggestions for obtaining training in assistive technology. Two attached tables offer examples of assistive technologies within major product categories and a classification of complexity of assistive technologies for personal care. (Contains 12 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (107th, Boston, MA, August 22, 1999).