Assessing Children with Multiple Disabilities for Assistive Technology
The article by Desideri et al (2013) begins by reiterating the fact that having appropriate outcomes for children and families in providing assistive technology is dependent largely on the design of systems, practices, as well as models that can serve both as directive tools and as resources in evaluation. It is also noted that much attention has been turned to the instruments that play a role in ensuring effective AT service provision.
The article focuses on a study in Bologna that aims at developing a broad-spectrum model for evaluating kids who exhibit multiple disabilities in AT provision, and improving lucidity in AT service delivery through the development of a framework that aids in the assessment of quality in AT service delivery.
The model for AT assessment as articulated in the article involves a focus on background information, a pre-assessment, an actual assessment, documentation, and a post-assessment. Moreover, there is an analysis and discussion of the framework for service quality regarding Assistive Technology. The framework includes the structure that focuses on aspects such as legislation, health system, school system, financing scheme and concurrent interventions. Notably, the mentioned framework also shifts focus to a process that concentrates on aspects such as accessibility, competence, coordination, efficiency, flexibility, and user influence. The article does not forget to mention another important part of the framework that is the outcomes. In this case, the focus is on the micro level that entails effectiveness, AT satisfaction, subjective well-being, mental functions or personal factors, and quality of life. The Meso level is also vital when focusing on outcomes, and it entails compliance and CAT service satisfaction. Also, the macro level is not ignored when looking at the outcomes and it entails efficiency and service delivery satisfaction.
Overall, the article does a good job of giving a detailed analysis of Assistive Technology while evaluating children with various disabilities. The article also makes use of relevant citations that give vital and detailed information on AT.
Desideri, L., Mingardi, A., Stefanelli, B., Tanzini, D., Bitelli, C., Roentgen, U., & de Witte, L. (2013). Assessing children with multiple disabilities for assistive technology: A framework for quality assurance. Technology and Disability, 25(3), 159-166.