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Assistive Technology: Matching Device and Consumer for Successful Rehabilitation

ISBN: 9781557988409
Publisher: American Psychological Association (APA)
Edition: 1
Publication Date: 2002-12-31
Number of pages: 325
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An exploration of the ways in which 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 20th 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 formented 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 integration 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.

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