Evaluating, Selecting, and Using Appropriate Assistive Technology, Part 1

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Jan J. Galvin, Jan C. Galvin, Marcia Joslyn Scherer
Aspen Publishers, 1996 - Medical - 394 pages
Assistive technology can be a powerful tool but only if it has been designed with consumer input, selected with full knowledge of what is available, how it works, how it interacts with the environment, and most importantly, selected with full consumer knowledge and cooperation. Too often the technology selected fails the consumer because it was chosen without regard to these parameters. Poorly chosen technology leads to high abandonment rates and wasted third-party-payor money. This book attempts to remedy this situation. It discusses in depth how to select appropriate technology and presents the parameters and steps that must be taken to ensure a good match of person and technology. Also included is the Cooperative Electronic Library on Disability on CD-ROM.

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Matching Person and Technology Model
Outcomes Measures and Assistive Technology
Chapter 2LowTechnology Aids for Daily Living

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Scherer is director of the Institute for Matching Person and Technology in Webster, NY. She also is associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, University of Rochester Medical Center, and senior research associate, International Center for Hearing and Speech Research (a joint program of the University of Rochester and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf/Rochester Institute of Technology). She received a Ph.D. and an MPH from the University of Rochester.

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