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ERIC Number: EJ921996
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0046-9157
Looking Back, Looking Forward: Understanding the Impact of Using an Assistive Technology Device (ATD)--Participatory Visual Methods
Bartlett, Sue; Lorenz, Laura; Rankin, Theresa; Elias, Eileen; Mustafa, Ruman; Weider, Katie
Exceptional Parent, v41 n3 p24-26 Mar 2011
This article is the eighth of a multi-part series on traumatic brain injury (TBI). This is a continuation from part A of "Looking Back, Looking Forward," published in Exceptional Parent's February issue. Managing the cost of rehabilitation for a child, teenager or young adult who has incurred a TBI can be supported through the use of an Assistive Technology Device (ATD). This article describes the benefits of a particular ATD--Participatory Visual Methods. It can be a cost-effective tool that all families can use to help their child re-integrate into the community. Childhood and adolescence are powerful times for shaping the development of identity. All young people struggle to be seen as resources in their families and communities. Brain injury can make the struggle that much harder. Providing opportunities for young people with brain injury to advocate for their perspectives on living with brain injury and achieve positive change can have lasting effects by planting seeds of self-worth, confidence, and success. One example of such an opportunity is photovoice, a process that puts cameras in the hands of young people with a brain injury. They can take photographs of their lives, discuss them with others, write captions, and develop outreach products, from personal binders to websites, exhibits, and presentations that raise awareness and advocacy for perspectives with policymakers, providers, educators, communities, and peers. Photovoice engages young people in reflecting on and advocating for their perspectives, an increasing way to "give voice" to people whose perspectives are often ignored. (Contains 1 figure and 2 tables.) [For Part 8, A see EJ916471.]
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Language: English
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