Assistive Technology and Telehealth

                                                                                                                        https://www.carnegielibrary.org/assistive-technology-at-your-library/Introduction to Assistive Technology 
Assistive Technology can play an essential role in the well-being of individuals with disabilities, however the access to these technologies have an unmet need. "Assistive technology" consists of devices and other solutions that assist people with deficits in physical, mental, or emotional functioning. Assistive technology devices are items frequently used by people with functional deficits as alternative ways of performing actions, tasks, and activities. This paper explores six research articles that report on findings about various assistive technologies, the uses of these devices, and the ethical implications that revolve around technology. Two specific articles examined the efficiency of AT in two different populations. Murry (2018) researched the effectiveness of video self-modeling for students with emotional and behavioral disorder (EBD). Bennett et al. (1993) discussed the uses of AT devices involving the ageing population, specifically individuals with dementia. The use of this technology enables individuals with disabilities to live indepently and participate in all aspects of life.

 

  • How is this topic important to social work/health and human services? (this could be social policy significance, theoretical significance, and/or practice significance)

    • Policy significance to break down barriers and integrate policies to improve accessibility

    • Social work is often the one who orchestrates obtaining the AT after it is found beneficial

    • Social work helps the patient find resources

    • Social work helps find affordable devices

    • “A principal purpose was to be able to gain increased opportunities for independent and self-determined lifestyles in the wider community. They founded organizations that advocated the integration of people with disabilities into mainstream communities to the maximum extent possible (Beaulaurier & Taylor, 2001)

    • “The main purpose of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), passed in 1990, was to help eliminate impediments, whether they be physical barriers or related to stereotypical attitudes...failure to accommodate the needs for social and physical inclusion of people with disabilities is now considered a violation of their civil rights (Beaulaurier & Taylor, 2001)”

    • Social work plays an important role in preparing patients for adjusting to the world outside of the hospital after having a debilitating event

    • Advocacy