ERIC Number: ED449601
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Feb
Use of Assistive Technology Increases among Infants and Toddlers. The TAP Bulletin.
RESNA: Association for the Advancement of Rehabilitation Technology, Arlington, VA.
This brief paper presents an analysis of federal data concerning use of assistive technology (AT) among infants and toddlers. The number of very young children using AT increased dramatically between 1992 and 1995. Of more than 177,000 infants and toddlers receiving services under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 9,274 received AT devices and services. The variety of AT devices used included adapted battery-operated toys, seating and positioning systems, and alternative access aids for computers. Devices were acquired through Medicaid's Early Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment program; through the child's individualized family service plan; or from local and state equipment loan programs. Data also suggest that projects funded under the Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988 have actively encouraged the use of AT by very young children with examples from Kansas and West Virginia. A table details numbers of infants and toddlers receiving both early intervention services and AT devices/services for each state, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and territories and for each year from 1992 through 1995. (DB)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Data Analysis, Disabilities, Infants, National Surveys, Toddlers, Trend Analysis, Use Studies
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
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.
Note: For the update to this bulletin, see EC 308 208.