Assistive Technologies and Other Supports for People With Brain ImpairmentBy Scherer, Marcia; Springer Publishing Company
(Pages: 384) Publication Date: 2012
This book discusses how to best match individuals with brain impairments with the most appropriate assistive products, services and other supports to enable them to achieve a productive, high-quality life. Brain impairment refers to the consequences of damage to the functions and structure of the brain as an outcome of a wide range of causes including traumatic brain injury, stroke, autism, intellectual and emotional disabilities, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. Categories of assistive technology are outlined, including those for mobility, communication, seeing, hearing, activities of daily living, and cognition. The Matching Person and Technology Model (MPT) is outlined, focusing on three areas: personal and psychosocial characteristics and needs, milieu and environmental factors, and the functions and features of the assistive technology being evaluated. A chapter on environmental barriers and enablers discusses environmental factors as outlined in the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) framework, including buildings for public and private use and land development. A chapter on getting support and services outlines systems of service delivery and presents a support selection framework that is compatible with the ICF framework and exists within a context of environmental and personal factors. Throughout the book, examples are provided to base the points and ideas made in real-life situations with actual support users with brain impairments, told in their own words or those of the professionals with whom they worked. A glossary and resource lists for assistive and cognitive support technologies are appended.
Assistive Products Discussed: MATCHING PERSON & TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT PROCESS AND FORMS
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This publication is included in the library of the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC), accession number R09163