Assistive Technology in the Workplace

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Elsevier Health Sciences, Sep 19, 2006 - Medical - 272 pages
The first book of its kind, this text outlines and defines the process for selecting, integrating, and utilizing assistive technology in the work environment. Each stage of the process is examined in depth, and effective strategies are presented to help overcome the barriers likely to be encountered at each stage. The book also provides insight into the client's experience by drawing on research that explores the experiences of people using assistive technology in the workplace and the issues they face in acquiring and using their technology in the work environment.
  • Results from the Assistive Technology User Study are explained - an extensive and unique research project undertaken by the authors that examines the experiences of AT users in the workplace, the barriers they experience, and the support strategies they use to function in the work environment.
  • AT user quotes and anecdotes bring immediacy to obstacles faced in the workplace.
  • Vignettes and case studies throughout the text encourage students to apply principles to real-life situations.
  • Appendices include listings for various professional organizations, funding, listservs, and research resources, as well as lists of questions therapists and clients should ask in various situations.
  • Material progresses in a logical manner, examining each facet of workplace AT beyond its theory and evaluation.
  • Consumer/client-centered focus takes the client's needs into account, featuring anecdotes from the users interviewed in the AT User Study.
  • Employer concerns are addressed, using anecdotes to illustrate issues from the employer's perspective - an essential factor to consider when selecting appropriate technology.
 

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Contents

Technology at Work
1
Technology in the Work Environment
2
Technology for People with Disabilities
3
Assistive Technologies
4
Nature of Workplace Technologies
5
Benefits of Assistive Technologies
7
Integration of People with Disabilities
9
Technology Accommodations
12
Keeping up with Technologic Developments
107
Summary
108
Acquiring Technology for Work
111
Recommendations for Service Providers
123
Introducing Assistive Technology into the Workplace
132
Recommendations for Service Providers
138
Optimizing the Use of Technology in the Workplace
146
Recommendations for Service Providers
155

The Work Environment
14
Summary
15
Review of the Development of Assistive Technology Models
21
Rehabilitation Foundation of Assistive Technology Practice
23
NeedsBased Approach to Technology Application
28
Need for Sound Theoretical Foundation in Assistive Technology
32
Holistic Approach to Technology Application
34
Users Personal Perspectives Toward Assistive Technology
40
Matching Person and Technology Model
41
Mainstream Models of Technology Application
45
Summary
48
ConsumerCentered Process for Technology Acquisition and Use
52
Existing Procedural Models for Technology Acquisition and Use
53
Using a Procedural Model to Guide the Process
64
ConsumerCentered Approach to Selecting and Using Technology
65
Experience of Assistive Technology Users
80
Summary
81
Identifying the Right Technology
83
Finding Out What was Available
88
Recommendations for Service Providers
94
Finding Out
99
Individual Approaches to the Process
105
Trialing
106
Issues for the Assistive Technology User in the Workplace
170
Recommendations for Service Providers
177
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Technology in the Workplace
184
Technology Nonuse
185
Challenges to Evaluating Outcomes
186
ConsumerCentered Outcome Measurement
189
When Should Outcomes be Evaluated?
190
What to Evaluate
194
Domains of Evaluation
196
Evaluating Outcome Measures
212
Summary
214
Questions to Guide Identifying Potential Technologies
221
Questions to Guide Trialing Devices
224
Questions to Guide Choosing the Best Technology
225
Questions to Guide the Acquisition of Technology
226
Questions to Guide Choosing a Supplier
227
Questions to Guide Working with a Supplier
228
Questions to Guide Customization
230
Questions to Guide Learning to Use Your Technology
232
Questions to Guide the LongTerm Use of Assistive Technology in the Workplace
234
Resources and Web Links
235
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Director, Institute for Matching Person and Technology, University of Rochester Medical Center; Adjunct Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Senior Research Associate, International Center for Hearing and Speech Research, Webster, NY, USA

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