Motivations and incentives: exploring assistive technology service delivery from the perspectives of multiple stakeholders

de Jonge, Desleigh and Layton, Natasha and Vicary, Francis and Steel, Emily J. (2015) Motivations and incentives: exploring assistive technology service delivery from the perspectives of multiple stakeholders. In: New Frontiers in Assistive Technology: RESNA Annual Conference 2015, 10-14 June 2015, Denver, Colorado, United States.

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Knowledge and ideas about disability and Assistive Technology (AT) shape society’s construction, funding and delivery of AT services. Concepts such as individualism and objectivity have supported the progression of AT device design and the measurement of AT outcomes. Dominant ideas, however, may suppress other conceptions that offer alternative approaches to, and therefore outcomes of AT service delivery. This paper analyses AT service delivery from the perspectives of key stakeholders, utilizing reflective strategies informed by situational analysis and a pluralistic approach. The complexity of AT service delivery is de-constructed by describing experiences and validating the perceptions of AT users, practitioners and funding schemes, and then identifying the implicit and explicit influences on their actions. It explores the multiple and differing ideas about disability and AT, and discusses these in the context of current policies and systems. It challenges readers to recognize the dominant ideas shaping practice, and consider alternative approaches in an attempt to refine AT service delivery.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Poster)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Poster presentation.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Health and Wellbeing
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2018 00:36
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2018 03:15
Uncontrolled Keywords: assistive technology, disability, policy, outcomes
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111703 Care for Disabled
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920208 Health Policy Evaluation
C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920403 Disability and Functional Capacity

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