Assistive Technology: What You Need to Know and Assistive Technology for Children [Fact Sheets]

Oklahoma ABLE Tech [OSU Wellness Center]

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This guide discusses using an expert to justify an assistive technology (AT) need for a student with a disability and gives questions that consumers, service providers, and funding agencies can use to decide if an evaluator can be considered an expert in his or her field. The guide begins by explaining AT devices and services, and then addresses different types of people who conduct AT assessments, including rehabilitation engineers, technologists, vendors, therapists, and consultants. Professionals are urged to consider the following criteria when evaluating an expert: (1) the length of time the evaluator has been recommending this type of AT and how many devices of this type the evaluator recommended; (2) the age range and/or disability type the person primarily assesses; (3) the evaluator's track record and whether recommendations represent a variety of manufacturers and devices; (4) assessment procedures the evaluator uses; (5) if the user will actually try the devices and what the outcomes were; and (6) standards the evaluator uses as a basis for recommendations. Basic principles for evaluating AT are provided, along with personal, training, access, repair and maintenance, and financial considerations for choosing AT. Information about Oklahoma ABLE Tech is included. 

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Oklahoma ABLE Tech [OSU Wellness Center]. Assistive Technology: What You Need to Know and Assistive Technology for Children [Fact Sheets] (1999). Oklahoma ABLE Tech: Stillwater, OK. (2 pages).

Sponsoring Agency: OSU Wellness Center

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(Contact producer regarding price. Also available online, click on "full text" button. Assistive Technology For Children is available at: http://okabletech.okstate.edu/children.htm )

Oklahoma ABLE Tech
OSU Wellness Center
1514 West Hall of Fame
Stillwater, OK
74078

URL: http://www.ok.gov/abletech/

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