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

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Overview

In Assistive Technology: Matching Derice and Consumer for Successful Rehabilitation, leading experts 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. 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.
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Reviewer: Jan A Rowe, MPH, OTR/L(University of Alabama at Birmingham)
Description: The release of this book is timely and needed. It is both comprehensive and practical in content and delivery. It is also an answer to the void realized by rehabilitation professionals concerning the match of person, environment, and device.
Purpose: The objectives are to provide multidisciplinary ideas and content to a variety of readers including students, rehabilitation professionals, and researchers. There also is an emphasis on quality of life and the need to, and ability to, maximize life and activity through technology. These goals and objectives of the book are not only very worthy but long overdue. The author depicts thoughts and opinions of those who have disabilities. She has surpassed the written objectives of the book with this work.
Audience: The author proposes that this book is for students, practitioners, researchers, allied health professionals, rehabilitation engineers, psychologists and counselors, and special educators. I would agree that these are an appropriate audience. The information shared in this book is both for the novice as well as the experienced person. The author is one of the leading authorities on assistive technology. Her editions of "Living in the state of stuck" are excellent portrayals of technology needs of those with disabilities.
Features: This book provides a comprehensive and multidisciplinary look at the world of assistive technology for persons with disabilities. Numerous chapters focus on both current and future trends in the world of technology and persons with disabilities. The use of case studies throughout the book provide a practicality which is appropriate for the novice to the expert. The incorporation of subjects such as universal design, telehealth, law and policy, and a "look ahead" are all strengths of this work and a welcomed addition to the current resources on assistive technology. The overarching theme of the book is that of person, device, environment and the fit that is necessary for a person to maximize his potential. This work is truly needed and skillfully done.
Assessment: I have read Marcia Scherer's work for years now and find her to be inspiring and truthful. Her writing reaches to the soul of the reader and captures the person depicted as knowledgeable and with dignity and respect. This book is more of her wonderful, masterful, and artful work. I know that this book will add volumes of content and validity to the world of technology and disabilities. I applaud her work and this new book.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Jan A Rowe, MPH, OTR/L(University of Alabama at Birmingham)
Description: The release of this book is timely and needed. It is both comprehensive and practical in content and delivery. It is also an answer to the void realized by rehabilitation professionals concerning the match of person, environment, and device.
Purpose: The objectives are to provide multidisciplinary ideas and content to a variety of readers including students, rehabilitation professionals, and researchers. There also is an emphasis on quality of life and the need to, and ability to, maximize life and activity through technology. These goals and objectives of the book are not only very worthy but long overdue. The author depicts thoughts and opinions of those who have disabilities. She has surpassed the written objectives of the book with this work.
Audience: The author proposes that this book is for students, practitioners, researchers, allied health professionals, rehabilitation engineers, psychologists and counselors, and special educators. I would agree that these are an appropriate audience. The information shared in this book is both for the novice as well as the experienced person. The author is one of the leading authorities on assistive technology. Her editions of "Living in the state of stuck" are excellent portrayals of technology needs of those with disabilities.
Features: This book provides a comprehensive and multidisciplinary look at the world of assistive technology for persons with disabilities. Numerous chapters focus on both current and future trends in the world of technology and persons with disabilities. The use of case studies throughout the book provide a practicality which is appropriate for the novice to the expert. The incorporation of subjects such as universal design, telehealth, law and policy, and a "look ahead" are all strengths of this work and a welcomed addition to the current resources on assistive technology. The overarching theme of the book is that of person, device, environment and the fit that is necessary for a person to maximize his potential. This work is truly needed and skillfully done.
Assessment: I have read Marcia Scherer's work for years now and find her to be inspiring and truthful. Her writing reaches to the soul of the reader and captures the person depicted as knowledgeable and with dignity and respect. This book is more of her wonderful, masterful, and artful work. I know that this book will add volumes of content and validity to the world of technology and disabilities. I applaud her work and this new book.

5 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

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

Table of Contents

Contributors
Acknowledgments
Introduction 3
I The Context of Assistive Technology Service Delivery 15
Ch. 1 Evolving Legislation and Public Policy Related to Disability and Assistive Technology 17
II The User of Assistive Technology Devices and Services 29
Ch. 2 Understanding the Person Behind the Technology 31
Ch. 3 Personality Assessment in Medical Rehabilitation 47
Ch. 4 Pain and Its Influence on Assistive Technology Use 59
Ch. 5 Satisfaction and Comfort 77
Ch. 6 Gender and Ethnoracial Differences in the Ownership and Use of Assistive Technology 95
Ch. 7 Assistive Technology in the Home and Community for Older People: Psychological and Social Considerations 109
Ch. 8 Coping and Adjustment 123
Ch. 9 Educating the Consumer and Caretaker on Assistive Technology 153
Ch. 10 Enhancing the Appropriate Use of Assistive Technology Among Consumers and Caretakers 169
III The Provider of Assistive Technology Devices and Services 183
Ch. 11 Assistive Technology and Retraining Under the Rehabilitation Act 185
Ch. 12 Telehealth: The New Frontier in Rehabilitation and Health Care 197
Ch. 13 Assistive Technology On-Line Instruction: Expanding the Dimensions of Learning Communities 215
Ch. 14 The Counseling Process in Assistive Technology Evaluation and Selection 231
Ch. 15 Partnership and Assistive Technology in Ireland 253
IV A Look Ahead 267
Ch. 16 Future Directions in Assistive Technologies 269
App Tools for Enhancing the Skills of Rehabilitation Professionals: Professional Training and Certification of Occupational Therapy Practitioners 281
Author Index 295
Subject Index 305
About the Editor 325
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