first_imgJoin us at 11 a.m. ET on Thursday, December 12 for a 60-minute webinar on What You Need to Know About Assistive Technology but Didn’t Know Who to Ask, presented by Marcia Scherer, Ph.D.From wheelchairs to hearing aids, memory supports to speech devices, assistive technology (AT) solutions have long been a staple for supporting the functioning of individuals with disabilities, especially wounded service members. However, there can be barriers to successful implementation of an assistive technology solution.There are almost 40,000 different AT products on the market.  In spite of all the advances in AT, the average non-use rate has remained at about 30% for over 20 years. This is costly in terms of wasted products for military families, and the wounded warrior’s functioning and satisfaction. Successful integration is the key phrase. When warriors are provided with the support that best matches their needs, priorities, doesn’t interfere too much with their daily routine, and helps them realize benefit from use, then their functioning, confidence, and sense of control tends to increase.Research has shown that the most important way to reduce this non-use or abandonment rate is to know how to find the available AT resources, involve the service member in selecting the AT, and to use a systematic process for assessing both the warrior’s needs and preferences. The most effective support may be personal assistance, strategies, or technologies—most commonly, a combination of these. This webinar will present ways to be informed of the variety of available AT and the use of a systematic process to match the service member with the most appropriate solution for his or her enhanced functioning and well-being.PresenterDr. Scherer is a rehabilitation psychologist and founding President of the Institute for Matching Person & Technology.  She is also Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Rochester Medical Center and Project Director, Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University.  She is a past member of the National Advisory Board on Medical Rehabilitation Research, National Institutes of Health, and is Editor of the journal Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology.Dr. Scherer is Fellow of the American Psychological Association, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, and the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA).  Dr. Scherer authored Assistive Technologies and Other Supports for People With Brain Impairment and Living in the State of Stuck: How Assistive Technology Impacts the Lives of People with Disabilities as well as authoring, editing, co-editing seven other books. She has published over sixty articles on disability and rehabilitation in peer-reviewed scientific journals and over twenty-five book chapters; she has been cited over 2500 times by others.No registration is required to join the web conference, go to What You Need to Know About Assistive Technology but Didn’t Know Who to Ask to find connection information and related resources. If you are not on an installation, you may need to install security certificates or use one of the other connection methods.last_img

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