In Assistive Technology: Matching Device and Consumer for Successful Rehabilitation, contributing authors explore ways psychologists and other helping professionals can collaborate with users of assistive technology to help them get the most out of these devices.
The past century's advances in technology has fomented 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 reintegration 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. In this interdisciplinary book, readers can find research-based guidance for finding the perfect match between device and consumer, including key information on personality assessment, the influence of pain, coping skills, and the power of new technology and social programs.
Marcia J. Scherer, PhD
University of Rochester Medical Center
Director, Institute for Matching Person & Technology
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation