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Professional Practice in Assistive Techology


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Professional Practice in Assistive Technology

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Professional Practice in Assistive Techology

  1. 1. Larry F. Cobb October 22, 2014
  2. 2.  The person that provides assistive technology and his/her professional issues  Ethics of Practice  Quality Assurance  Liability
  3. 3.  A specialist in assistive technology application; typically has professional background in engineering, occupational therapy, physical therapy, recreation therapy, special education, speech-language pathology, or vocational rehabilitation counseling
  4. 4.  Each practitioner brings something important to the table.  They must be well grounded in their disciplines and have knowledge and skill in assistive technology and the industry in general.
  5. 5.  Ethics is defined as “the study of conduct and moral judgement….and the system or code of morals of a particular profession.  Each ATP must comply with the code of ethics of their discipline  A professional association typically develops the code.
  6. 6.  Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA)  Interdisciplinary association of people with common interest in technology and disability  Purposed with improving the potential of people with disabilities by promoting research, development, education, advocacy, and the provision of technology and the people engaged in these activities.
  7. 7.  Standards are often based pertaining to each specialty is important since most practitioners are from different disciplines.  The standards are generally based of certifications
  8. 8.  A broad area of fundamental importance to the safe and effective application of assistive technologies  Two Basic Consideration  The quality of services rendered  The quality of devices supplied
  9. 9.  Three views of what constitutes quality  The consumer – judges the quality on how daily activity is improved in specific areas of application  The practitioner – generates measures of performance and attempts to judge quality of services and devices against these measures  The purchaser – Are the services or devices cost effective?
  10. 10.  Professional certification is way that professional organizations use to measure and report an individual practitioners degree of competency.  A body of knowledge must be agreed upon unique to practitioners in an area of certification.  A set of professional competences must be set and a way of evaluating an individuals knowledge of must be developed and implemented.
  11. 11.  Several types of standards that can be developed  Relations by federal legislations as with manufacture and production of assistive technology  The FDA has is way of classifying medical devices  Devices can be rated by development of compatibility and performance standards
  12. 12.  The selection of device is based on what a person is able to do now, not what he or she will be able to do.  To evaluate effectiveness, you have to look at the entire process and not just the service or device.  The determination of success is based on measurements of outcomes related to the success the consumer achieves using the assistive technology system.