Assistive Technology: Matching Device and Consumer for Successful Rehabilitation / Edition 1

Assistive Technology: Matching Device and Consumer for Successful Rehabilitation / Edition 1

by Marcia J. Scherer
     
 

ISBN-10: 1557988404

ISBN-13: 9781557988409

Pub. Date: 12/28/2002

Publisher: American Psychological Association

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557988409
Publisher:
American Psychological Association
Publication date:
12/28/2002
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
325
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Contributorsxi
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Introduction3
I.The Context of Assistive Technology Service Delivery15
Chapter 1Evolving Legislation and Public Policy Related to Disability and Assistive Technology17
II.The User of Assistive Technology Devices and Services29
Chapter 2Understanding the Person Behind the Technology31
Chapter 3Personality Assessment in Medical Rehabilitation47
Chapter 4Pain and Its Influence on Assistive Technology Use59
Chapter 5Satisfaction and Comfort77
Chapter 6Gender and Ethnoracial Differences in the Ownership and Use of Assistive Technology95
Chapter 7Assistive Technology in the Home and Community for Older People: Psychological and Social Considerations109
Chapter 8Coping and Adjustment123
Chapter 9Educating the Consumer and Caretaker on Assistive Technology153
Chapter 10Enhancing the Appropriate Use of Assistive Technology Among Consumers and Caretakers169
III.The Provider of Assistive Technology Devices and Services183
Chapter 11Assistive Technology and Retraining Under the Rehabilitation Act185
Chapter 12Telehealth: The New Frontier in Rehabilitation and Health Care197
Chapter 13Assistive Technology On-Line Instruction: Expanding the Dimensions of Learning Communities215
Chapter 14The Counseling Process in Assistive Technology Evaluation and Selection231
Chapter 15Partnership and Assistive Technology in Ireland253
IV.A Look Ahead267
Chapter 16Future Directions in Assistive Technologies269
AppendixTools for Enhancing the Skills of Rehabilitation Professionals: Professional Training and Certification of Occupational Therapy Practitioners281
Author Index295
Subject Index305
About the Editor325

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