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“Knowledge is Power” The creation of the LifeTec Guide to Selecting & Using AT
Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.
To provide a client resource to assist with the assistive technology prescription process To empower clients to make informed decisions To empower clients to take an active role in the decision making process To enable clients to have power and control over the process they find themselves in Intent of Project
“Choice is the outcome of a process which involves assessment and judgement; that is, the evaluation of different options and making a decision about which option to choose.” “Information is an essential precondition for the exercise of choice. Services need to ensure that accessible information is available to enable people to make informed choices.” Choice Making Rabiee, P. & Glendinning, C. (2010). Choice: what, when and why? Exploring the importance of choice to disabled people. Disability & Society, 25:7, 827-839
Client Education McKenna, K. & Tooth, L. (2006). Client Education: a partnership approach for health practitioners. Sydney: UNSW Press.
AT Choice Making Process De Jonge, D., Scherer, M. & Rodger, S. (2007). Assistive Technology in the Workplace. St Louis: Elsevier.
A copy is being supplied to all clients booking an appointment with LifeTec We are currently collecting data on their experience with using the guide Survey questions focus on usability & usefulness Uses a 10 point Leichardt rating scale Validation
The Handbook is… Is easy to navigate (avg. 9.3/10) Provides information in a format that is easy to understand (avg. 9.3/10) Addresses the majority of my concerns (avg. 8.5/10) Gives me information on where to go next/what to do next (avg. 8.5/10) Validation
Welcome anyone interested in using the guide book to register interest Can supply the guide book in electronic format as well as a survey tool to collect information from clients on it’s usefulness “Assistive Technology Professional Handbook ” Future eBookapp
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