Overview of Legal Issues in Assistive Technology Outcomes MeasurementBy Mendelsohn, Steven B.; Schwanke, Todd D.; Smith, Roger O.; RESNA 27th International Annual Conference 2004: Technology & Disability: Research, Design, Practice, & Policy,
Publication Date: 2004
Paper discusses the goals of the Assistive Technology Outcomes Measurement (ATOMS) Project, which was developed to create techniques and standards for the measurement and definition of AT outcomes. The authors discuss six main points: (1) instances in which outcomes data could be legally binding in service decisions, (2) issues relating to the type of information that can be collected, and how the information can be applied, (3) the relevance of research techniques in AT services, (4) the framework of private organizations with legally relevant roles in AT outcomes evaluation, (5) the relationship between traditional measures of validity in educational, rehabilitative, and medical settings and (6) the types of data the study of AT outcomes can produce. The ATOMS Project is supported in part by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.
Published by: Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) (Website:http://www.resna.org)