Employment Issues and Assistive Technology Use for Persons With Spinal Cord InjuryBy Hedrick, Brad, PhD; Louise-Bender Pape, Theresa, DrPH, MA; Heinemann, Allen W., PhD; Ruddell, Jennifer L., PhD; Reis, Janet, PhD; Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, Vol. 43, No. 2, pp. 185-198
Publication Date: March/April 2006
Study conducted to examine associations between assistive technology (AT) cost, underwriting, ownership, use, employment, and employer accommodations for 93 civilians and 98 veterans ages 18 through 64 with spinal cord injury or dysfunction. A survey called the Assistive Technology and Employment Interview was developed as part of the study, as it was used to collect self-reported data on cost, use, and ownership of AT as related to employment status and history, employment accommodations, salary history, productivity, and quality of life. The survey results indicated that AT ownership and use relates to employment success, and that the two groups were comparable in terms of AT usage. Study limitations and implications for future research are discussed.
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