Assistive Technology: Matching Device and Consumer for Successful Rehabilitation

Pages: 325
Item #: 431667A
ISBN: 978-1-55798-840-9
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Copyright: 2002
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In Assistive Technology: Matching Device and Consumer for Successful Rehabilitation, contributing authors explore ways psychologists and other helping professionals can collaborate with users of assistive technology to help them get the most out of these devices. Thanks in large part to the past century's advances in technology, people with disabilities can live independent lives, contribute to their communities, attend regular schools, and work in professional careers as a result of assistive technology. This technological evolution has fomented a shift from a medical model to a social model of technology delivery, an approach that puts as much emphasis on the user's community reintegration as it does on his or her physical capabilities. This change means that those in the field can no longer focus on the delivery of technology as an end in itself, but must go one step further and partner with consumers and communities to ensure that assistive devices are put to their best possible use.

This forward-looking, interdisciplinary book provides research-based guidance for finding the perfect match between device and consumer, including key information on personality assessment, the influence of pain, coping skills, and the power of new technology and social programs. This volume will be of interest to rehabilitation psychologists, researchers, and anyone working with or using assistive technology.

Table of Contents



—Marcia J. Scherer

I. The Context of Assistive Technology Service Delivery

  1. Evolving Legislation and Public Policy Related to Disability and Assistive Technology
    —Steve Mendelsohn and Heather Roberts Fox

II. The User of Assistive Technology Devices and Services

  1. Understanding the Person Behind the Technology
    —Denise L. Brown-Triolo
  2. Personality Assessment in Medical Rehabilitation
    —Timothy R. Elliott, Monica Kurylo, and Michele N. Carroll
  3. Pain and its Influence on Assistive Technology Use
    —David R. Patterson, Mark Jensen, and Joyce Engel-Knowles
  4. Satisfaction and Comfort
    —Rhoda Weiss-Lambrou
  5. Gender and Ethnoracial Differences in the Ownership and Use of Assistive Technology
    —Diana H. Rintala
  6. Assistive Technology in the Home and Community for Older People: Psychological and Social Considerations
    —Laura N. Gitlin
  7. Coping and Adjustment
    —Allen W. Heinemann and Theresa Louise-Bender Pape
  8. Educating the Consumer and Caretaker on Assistive Technology
    —Jan C. Galvin and Chandra M. Donnell
  9. Enhancing the Appropriate Use of Assistive Technology Among Consumers and Caretakers
    —Denise G. Tate, Barth Riley, and Martin Forchheimer

III. The Provider of Assistive Technology Devices and Services

  1. Assistive Technology and Retraining Under the Rehabilitation Act
    —Rochelle Balter
  2. Telehealth: The New Frontier in Rehabilitation and Healthcare
    —Robert L. Glueckauf, Jeffrey D. Whitton, and David W. Nickelson
  3. Assistive Technology On-Line Instruction: Expanding the Dimensions of Learning Communities
    —Caren L. Sax
  4. The Counseling Process in Assistive Technology Evaluation and Selection
    —Serenella Besio
  5. Partnership and Assistive Technology in Ireland
    —Gerald Craddock

IV. A Look Ahead

  1. Future Directions in Assistive Technologies
    —Albert M. Cook

Appendix: Tools for Enhancing the Skills of Rehabilitation Professionals: Professional Training and Certification of Occupational Therapy Practitioners
—Aimee Luebben

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editor

Editor Bio

Marcia J. 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 PhD and an MPH from the University of Rochester.

Dr. Scherer is author of Living in the State of Stuck: How Assistive Technology Impacts the Lives of People With Disabilities (3rd ed., 2000) and coeditor (with Jan Galvin) of Evaluating, Selecting, and Using Appropriate Assistive Technology (1996). She also coedited (with Laura Cushman) Psychological Assessment in Medical Rehabilitation (1995, American Psychological Association), which is Volume 1 in the APA series "Measurement and Instrumentation in Psychology."

Dr. Scherer has written widely on technology use and is on the editorial boards of the journals Disability and Rehabilitation, Assistive Technology, and Home Health Care Dealer/Provider. She is a Fellow of the APA in the divisions of Rehabilitation Psychology (Division 22) and Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology (Division 21). She is a member of the American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Psychologists and Social Workers, the American Educational Research Association, the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America, the Council for Exceptional Children, and the New York Academy of Sciences.