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ERIC Number: EJ1001424
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-0162-6434
Individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities Use of Assistive Technology Devices in Support Provision
Bryant, Brian R.; Seok, Soonwha; Ok, Minwook; Bryant, Diane Pedrotty
Journal of Special Education Technology, v27 n2 p41-57 2012
During a four-year period, from 1988-1992, two significant events occurred that greatly influenced assistive technology (AT) and intellectual disability: the passage by Congress of the Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988 and publication by the American Association on Intellectual and Development Disabilities (AAIDD) of "Mental Retardation: Definition, Classification, and Systems of Supports" (Luckasson et al. 1992), which emphasized the importance of support provision. In the years since, the two (AT and support provision) have been aligned closely. The support provision led to the development of the "Supports Intensity Scale" ("SIS"; Thompson et al., 2004), which includes seven areas of support that pertain to specific AT devices. This article reports the results of survey research that involved 158 respondents--service providers who identified AT devices used by their clients with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) to support activities in the seven SIS areas. Findings showed that clients were using 201 assistive devices. The results also revealed that the majority of clients do not use AT devices as supports in the areas surveyed. (Contains 7 tables.)
Technology and Media Division of the Council for Exceptional Children. 2900 Crystal Drive Suite 1000, Arlington, VA 22202. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Technology Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act