Assistive technology training: Diverse audiences and multidisciplinary content
(2006). Assistive technology training: Diverse audiences and multidisciplinary content. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 1(1-2), pp.69-77.
This multi-method, longitudinal study surveyed 55 programs that train professionals in assistive technology (AT) in the US. Training directors and instructors described training barriers, curriculum issues, distance and hands-on learning methods, and future AT training directions. The study found that multidisciplinary AT training not only reaches core audiences of disability-related professionals, but also has expanded to include new audiences. Special and general educator training may be a model for inclusion. Although distance learning can reach diverse audiences, faculty in training programs also emphasized hands-on training. AT training programs experience considerable turnover and remain vulnerable to funding losses.
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