ERIC Number: ED449603
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Enhancing the Assistive Technology Workforce State by State. The TAP Bulletin.
RESNA: Association for the Advancement of Rehabilitation Technology, Arlington, VA.
This paper offers suggestions for state systems change activities to enhance the assistive technology (AT) workforce funded under the Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988. Nationally, the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America AT has begun to credential AT practitioners and suppliers from various disciplines. A number of states have conducted statewide surveys to identify AT personnel needs. North Dakota's Interagency Project for Assistive Technology is highlighted. Strategies for addressing the widespread shortages of AT personnel include: increase recruitment, increase diversity, grow your own professionals, improve quality, and increase demand. All states are urged to collect data on the existing workforce. Included are the 11 core questions asked of allied health personnel employers in a North Carolina survey. (DB)
Descriptors: Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Certification, Disabilities, Federal Legislation, Labor Demands, Labor Supply, Licensing Examinations (Professions), Needs Assessment, Occupational Surveys, Personnel Policy, State Programs, State Surveys, Technology
Association for the Advancement of Rehabilitation Technology (RESNA), 1700 North Moore St., Suite 1540, Arlington, VA 22201-1903; Tel: 703-524-6686 (Voice); Fax: 703-524-6630; Web site: http://www.resna.org.
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.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Technology Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act