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Assistive Technology: Matching Device and Consumer for Successful Rehabilitationby Marcia J. Scherer
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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. 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.<P>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.
Book News Annotation:
Scherer (U. of Rochester Medical Center) presents 16 contributions that provide an overview of the use and practice of providing assistive technologies (AT) to those with disabilities. The focus of the authors is within the current legal, economic, and societal context of medical care in the United States. After examining and describing that context, papers go on to look at the topic from the point of view of the consumer and then of the provider. Among the topics addressed are the psychological readiness to use AT, the influence and assessment of pain, ways of addressing quality of life issues, the role of telecommunication technologies, the education or providers, and a look at the future of AT.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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