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    Enabling appropriate personnel skill-mix for progressive realization of equitable access to assistive technology

    Smith, Emma M. and Gowran, Rosemary Joan and Mannan, Hasheem and Donnelly, Brian and Alvarez, Liliana and Bell, Diane and Contepomi, Silvana and Ennion, Liezel and Hoogerwerf, Evert-Jan and Howe, Tracey and Jan, Yih-Kuen and Kagwiza, Jeanne and Layton, Natasha and Ledgert, Ritchard and MacLachlan, Malcolm and Oggero, Giulia and Pettersson, Cecilia and Pousada, Thais and Scheffler, Elsje and Wu, Sam (2018) Enabling appropriate personnel skill-mix for progressive realization of equitable access to assistive technology. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 13 (5). pp. 445-453. ISSN 1748-3107

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    Background and Methods: This paper reviews the current capacity of personnel in enabling access to assistive technology (AT) as well as the systems and processes within which they work, and was reviewed, discussed, and refined during and following the Global Research, Innovation, and Education in Assistive Technology (GREAT) Summit. Findings: Key concepts addressed include a person-centred team approach; sustainability indicators to monitor, measure, and respond to needs for service design and delivery; education, research, and training for competent practice, using the six rehab-workforce challenges framework; and credentialing frameworks. We propose development of a competence framework and associated education and training programs, and development and implementation of a certification framework for AT personnel. Conclusions: There is a resolve to address the challenges faced by People globally to access assistive technology. Context specific needs assessment is required to understand the AT Personnel landscape, to shape and strengthen credentialing frameworks through competencies and certification, acknowledging both general and specific skill mix requirements.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: resources; assistive technology; self-help devices; skill mix; assistive products;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 13232
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    Depositing User: Malcolm MacLachlan
    Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2020 08:52
    Journal or Publication Title: Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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