Adult Assessment Services
The need for assistive technology (A.T.) begins with a problem. The problem is anything that hinders an individual from completing a goal. That goal may be as simple as opening a jar to taking a shower safely or accessing a computer for email. The individual may encounter the problem at home, in the workplace, or the community. I.A.T.P. staff can provide a variety of technical assistance in the form of information, referral, short-term device loans, and demonstration, all at no cost to individuals. I.A.T.P. also maintains a database of used and refurbished devices for sale or donation.
If a formal assessment is required for the purchase of assistive technology, I.A.T.P. can provide assessment services to adults for a fee.
An Assistive Technology Practitioner (A.T.P.) credentialed through RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America) or other certification program, will perform the assistive technology assessment. Assistive Technology Practitioners have an educational background in occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, special education, or rehabilitation; ongoing work experience (.25 to .50 FTE) of direct assistive technology consumer-related services; have passed a rigorous exam on all areas of assistive technology; and have annual continuing education on assistive technology.
Adult Assessment Steps
- Fill out the Adult Assessment Application and submit the form online (it is a secure submission).
- Fees will be determined and authorization will be obtained from individual or agency.
- An A.T.P. will be assigned to the assessment.
- The A.T.P. will follow the Fundamental Assessment Process utilizing a team approach.
- The A.T.P. looks at the individual, environment, and tasks through observation, review of records, and input from the individual and others identified by the individual.
- Through a feature-matching process, potential assistive technology devices and software are identified and tried with the individual.
- The continuum of devices and software are considered to ensure cost effectiveness and identification of the most appropriate device.
- A written report will be provided within two weeks of the visit as one tool in making assistive technology decisions.