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      It has bewildered consumers, providers and schools since the dawn of
      assistive technology: the challenge of making sure that children with
      disabilities and their AT are a match. Too often, despite the good
      intentions of all parties, children and their AT are a mismatched set.
      The consensus is that there has to be a better way. Matching-person-
      and-technology (MPT) AT assessments offer children and their families
      a better way to match a child with the most appropriate technology.
      This month Marcia Scherer Ph.D., MPH, CRC, FACRM , founder
      and president of the Institute for Matching Person & Technology joins us
      to examine the process of matching a child with the AT that can change
      his or her life for the better.

      Supporting our interview with Dr. Scherer are resources that provide
      information on matching consumers with assistive technology. We also
      feature members of our Knowledge Network. The members spotlighted this
      month focus on aspects of the MPT process. We invite you to contact
      these members for further information. Please share this newsletter with
      other organizations, families and professionals who may benefit from it.
      We invite you to visit us at http://www.fctd.info. We welcome feedback,
      new members and all who contribute to our growing knowledge base.

      For the full article....

  • STUDENT WORKBOOK for Living in the State of Stuck, 4th Edition

    This Workbook will guide students through the text, as well as provide them with discussion questions and activities to help maximize the benefit they derive from the book.   You can access the Workbook by clicking here.


    Last November, Marcia Scherer was honored to give the keynote address for the conference, TechACCESS 07 - Assistive Technology: Improving Lives Daily held in Warwick, Rhode Island.  Afterwards, a podcast was created titled: Keynote: Living in the State of Stuck . . . and Getting Out of It
    You can access the podcast at this URL: http://www.connsensebulletin.com/csbpodcasts/

    It was made possible by the ConnSENSE Bulletin: Resources for Learning with Technology in cooperation with the New England Assistive Technology Marketplace, Pappanikou Center for Developmental Disabilities, and Connecticut Tech Act Project.  The ConnSENSE Bulletin website has a wealth of information and resources, so please do check it out.

    IN THE NEWS......

    The Science Directorate of the American Psychological Association publishes a monthly newsletter, Psychological Science Agenda.  The January issue includes a feature on assistive technology.  You can read the article at this URL: http://www.apa.org/science/psa/jan08role.html

    SPEAKING OF Matching Assistive Technology & CHild...
    The Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD) has devoted it's January 2008 newsletter to the topic, Matching Child and Technology.  Here is the lead:


    Please review the Table of Contents of the new issue of Disability & Rehabilitation:  Assistive Technology at this URL: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/17483107.asp.
    In the beige index on the right side of the page, you'll see "Online Contents," which links to the table of contents and abstracts for the past two volume years.  There is also a link to "Instructions for Authors."

Products Available...

Person & Technology


This single CD contains everything you need:
    MPT assessments in a format for filling out electronically – can also print paper copies.
    Optional computerized scoring and interpretations of the results from the Assistive Technology Device Predisposition Assessment. 
    Crosswalk/backcode/map of all items on the Assistive Technology Device Predisposition Assessment to the World Health Organization's International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health.
    A video interview of the MPT assessment process and use of the MPT forms.
    Sample case reports and ways to write documentation reports, funding requests, etc.
    Lots and lots more! Only $89.95.  Click here to go to the order form.
This CD was funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, 
National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research, 
through grant number HD38220 to The Institute for Matching Person & Technology.
 Click here to access the on-line MPT CD user guides developed by Communicate, National Health Service, United Kingdom

The Hearing Technology Predisposition Assessment (HTPA)

Marcia J. Scherer, Ph.D., MPH, FACRM, Larry Medwetsky, Ph.D., CCC-A, & D., & Robert Frisina, Ph.D
The development of the HTPA is described.  Copies of the forms are also included.
Click here to go to the article and access copies of the HTPA


A new measure has been created from the NIH/NCMRR-funded project, Improving the Match of Person and Assistive Cognitive Technology.  A Phase II grant will be submitted to test and validate it, as well as scoring interpretations and a training curriculum for professionals.  If you are interested in helping to test its usefulness for individuals with cognitive disabilities being matched with cognitive support technologies, please let me know.
A project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Matching Assistive Technology & CHild (MATCH), will develop a version of MATCH for use in schools.  Please let me know if you are interested in helping to test its usefulness for students with disabilities in K-12 being matched with assistive technologies.


Assistive Technology in the Workplace
by Desleigh de Jonge, Marcia Scherer, Sylvia Rodger
    Paperback: 240 pages
    Publisher: Mosby; 2007
    ISBN: 0323041302
      The first book of its kind, this text outlines and defines the process for selecting, integrating, and utilizing assistive technology in the work environment. Each stage of the process is examined in depth, and effective strategies are presented to help overcome the barriers likely to be encountered at each stage. The book also provides insight into the experiences of people using assistive technology in the workplace and the issues they face in acquiring and using their technology in the work environment.

      · Results from the Assistive Technology User Study are explained an extensive and unique research project undertaken by the authors that examines the experiences of AT users in the workplace, the barriers they experience, and the support strategies they use to function in the work environment.
      · AT user quotes and anecdotes bring immediacy to obstacles faced in the workplace.
      · Vignettes and case studies throughout the text encourage students to apply principles to real-life situations.
      · Appendices include listings for various professional organizations, funding, listservs, and research resources, as well as lists of questions therapists and clients should ask in various situations.
      · Material progresses in a logical manner, examining each facet of workplace AT beyond its theory and evaluation.
      · Consumer/client-centered focus takes the clients needs into account, featuring anecdotes from the users interviewed in the AT User Study.
      · Employer concerns are addressed, using anecdotes to illustrate issues from the employers perspective an essential factor to consider when selecting appropriate technology.

      You can order this book directly from amazon.com.

  • Book Description:

4th Edition of Living in the State of Stuck

The updated edition of Living in the State of Stuck: How Assistive Technology Impacts the Lives of People with Disabilities

· Chronicles the changed lives of many persons with disabilities from 1985 to 2004
· Has new sections such as "relationship rehabilitation"
· Includes a full and comprehensive case report developed from the results of MPT measures
· Plus lots more

You can order the 4th edition of Living in the State of Stuck: How Assistive Technology Impacts the Lives of People with Disabilities directly from Brookline Books or from amazon.com.  It will also be available in alternative formats.

A review of the new 4th edition appears on the website of the National Organization on Disability where writer John Williams says, Living in the State of Stuck...

    ...is one of the most informative, most realistic and best-written books on disability issues related to individuals with spinal cord injuries (SCI) and Cerebral Palsy (CP) that I have read in 28 years working in the disability field as an advocate and journalist.
Another review of Living in the State of Stuck by John Williams is on the website of the magazine Orbit, published by the United Spinal Association.  A review also appears on the Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD) 2005 Assistive Technology Resources CD-ROM (also available on the FCTD web site):
    The heralded fourth edition of Marcia Scherer‘s "Living in the State of Stuck" is not for the faint-hearted or for those who believe that technology is the cheapest cosmetic bandage to "fix" the multitude of issues that people with disabilities face. Scherer is noted for her frank, hard-hitting, analytical assessment of technology‘s reach and its boundaries. This edition is no exception, as Marcia Scherer steps past the tools and goes straight to those of us who use them, emphasizing access, attitude, and the essential "person first" perspective. Scherer explores the role of assistive technology in a society where disability is rarely understood and the technology is limited to the footprint of a nation where inclusion, equality, voice, and the American dream are still just dreams for many of us with disabilities. Scherer understands the difference between a high quality machine and a high quality life; "Living in the State of Stuck" shows what may be possible when assistive technology and life are balanced.
The Student Workbook for Living in the State of Stuck will guide students through the text, as well as provide them with discussion questions and activities to help maximize the benefit they derive from the book.   You can access the Workbook by clicking here.
Companion volume to Living in the State of Stuck...

Connecting to Learn:

Educational and Assistive Technology for People With Disabilities

The following paragraph was provided by American Psychological Association (APA) Books.  Click here to link to their web site to order a copy.  For non-members of APA, the book is $49.95 (it is currently less expensive to obtain from amazon.com). Available in alternative formats.
    For anyone who has been overwhelmed when selecting an educational or assistive technology or who has experienced frustration in trying to come up with the best instructional plan for a person with a disability, this book was written for you.  Connecting to Learn presents a comprehensive, lifespan, and highly readable approach to matching the right technology with students with disabilities, especially visual and auditory disabilities. Dr. Scherer, author of the highly acclaimed Living in the State of Stuck:  How Technology Impacts the Lives of People with Disabilities explores the way disabilities, especially those involving the senses, can lead to isolation and a lack of "connectedness," and how this in turn leads to learning difficulties. She then provides a step-by-step model for assessing and evaluating individual students on their needs and finding the right technology to help each student. This practical book features numerous checklists and forms that readers will find immediately applicable.  The book provides data on the prevalence of vision and hearing loss as well as relevant legislation.  Quotes throughout the book from students and teachers about the various technologies they use in their schools and in daily life bring the many empirical and practical points to life.  School psychologists, rehabilitation therapists, educators, disability support service administrators, instructional design specialists, parents and individuals with disabilities, and rehabilitation psychologists will find this lively and compassionate book to be indispensable in their efforts to help those with disabilities learn, live, and connect with others. Readers with disabilities will first nod in recognition at the problems this book describes and will ultimately cheer its practical solutions.
    314 pages. Hardcover.
 Assistive Technology:  Matching Device and
Consumer for Successful Rehabilitation

This book has received a 5 star rating from Doody's Reviews -- their top rating.  A 5-star rating is awarded to only 5% of the  books they review in health sciences. The full text of the review is available from www.bn.com (Barnes and Noble Books website) and their listing for the book. There is a student workbook for this text on the MPT CD. Kudos and gratitude to graduate students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who developed the workbook.

2006-7 Publications:

    (1) Scherer, M.J. & Dicowden, M.A.  (2007).  Organizing future research and intervention efforts on the impact and effects of gender differences on disability and rehabilitation: The usefulness of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). Disability and Rehabilitation, 28.
    (2) Scherer, M., Jutai, J., Fuhrer, M., Demers, L. & DeRuyter, F.  (2007).  A framework for modelling the selection of assistive technology devices (ATDs). Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technologyy, 2(1), 1-8.
    (3) Scherer, M.J., Sax, C. & McAnaney, D.  (2006).  Opportunity is possibility; performance is action: Measuring participation.  Disability and Rehabilitation, 28(23), 1467-1471.
    (4) Bodine, C. & Scherer, M.J.  (2006).  Technology for improving cognitive function. A workshop sponsored by the US Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR): Reports from working groups.  Disability and Rehabilitation, 28(24), 1567-71.
    (5) Scherer, M.J. & Bodine, C.  (2006).  Technology for improving cognitive function: Report on a workshop sponsored by the U.S. Interagency Committee on Disability Research.  Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 1(4), 257-261.
    (6) Scherer, M.J.  (2006).  What is Assistive Technology?  SCI Psychosocial Process, 18(4), 298-300. (Selected for the 20th anniversary compliation of “best articles;” see #12).
    (7) Scherer, M.J.  (2006). He wore skins: Innovations and advances in assistive technology. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 1(1/2), 1-2.
    (8) Collins, D.M.,  Fitzgerald, F.G., Sachs-Ericsson, N., Scherer, M.,  Cooper,  R.A. & Boninger, M.L.  (2006).   Psychosocial well-being and community participation of service dog partners.  Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 1(1/2), 41-48
    (9) Jans, L.H. & Scherer, M.J.  (2006).   Assistive technology training: Diverse audiences and multidisciplinary content.  Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 1(1/2), 69-77.


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