Compensating for Cognitive Deficits Through Assistive TechnologyBy McFadyen, Gary M.; Algood, David; RESNA 2000: Technology for the New Millenium, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 294-296
Publication Date: June/July 2000
Project aimed to use assistive technology (AT) to facilitate the transition of people with developmental disabilities from workshops to community living. The target population in the project was involved in an Employment Activity Program with cognitive deficits who require accommodations when switching from a workshop station to work in the community. In two years, eleven clients were served through a total of forty-one accommodations. A rehabilitation engineer and a co-op student chose the accommodation for the clients. This team evaluated the client's abilities and limitations in performing selected job tasks within a workshop and in competitive employment situations. The job tasks were then re-engineered and AT devices were prescribed. The AT prescribed by the team in an example was a Christmas card folding jig. The folding jig helped each employee to package items with greater productivity and accuracy, which led to greater self-esteem and income.
Published by: Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) (Website:http://www.resna.org)
This publication is included in the library of the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC), accession number O13686