What are the benefits of Assistive Technology?

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Posted by D. Gerard on December 17, 2001 at 22:30:33:

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A preliminary study (National Council on Disability , 1993) surveyed 136 individuals with disabilities to evaluate the costs and benefits associated with the use of different kinds of technology-related assistance.

The individuals were from four age groups and the results indicate a significant impact of AT on many aspects of the respondents lives, including:

* the majority of infants with disabilities benefited by having fewer health problems because of AT;

* nearly 75% of school age children were able to remain in a regular classroom, and 45 % were able to reduce their use of school-related services;

* 65% of working-age persons were able to reduce dependence on family members, 58% were able to reduce dependence on paid assistance, and 37% were able to increase earnings.

* Among elderly persons, 80% were able to reduce dependence on others, half were able to reduce dependency on paid persons, and half were able to avoid entering a nursing home.

These results indicate that the issue becomes not how can we afford effective AT, but what costs are involved if it is not provided.


Best Regards,
D. Gerard
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