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*Assistive Technology Education for End-Users - Guidelines for Trainers.

*Go for it! A User Manual on Assistive Technology.

*Critical factors involved in end-users' education in relation to Assistive Technology.

*Programs in Assistive Technology education for End-Users in Europe.


Assistive Technology Education for End-Users - Guidelines for TrainersEUSTAT Consortium

Assistive Technology Education for End-Users

Guidelines for Trainers

© European Commission, 1999
ISBN 88-85936-25-3

ABSTRACT

This book - also known as the EUSTAT Guidelines - is intended for people who organise and carry out educational programmes for end-users of Assistive Technology (AT). These may be user organisations, self-help groups, rehabilitation or social services, mixed user and professional organisations, or AT providers. The book helps reflect about establishing priorities, focusing goals, and clarifying the role of AT in the users' empowerment process. It also offers methods and tools for designing and implementing educational initiatives.
This book is divided into six chapters. Chapter One (Guidelines in brief) clarifies the objectives of this book and the intended readership. It also offers a general overview of the concepts explored in the other chapters, so it can be used as a checklist for organisers of educational initiatives. Chapter Two (Basic concepts) clarifies some basic terms related to disability and AT that educators should know before undertaking any educational initiative. Chapter Three (Setting objectives and adopting methods) helps organisers of educational programmes to set objectives, label them according to a consistent terminology, and take decisions about priorities and critical factors. Chapter Four (Organising educational initiatives) addresses the organisation of educational initiatives, including the design process, the selection of topics to cover, pedagogical methods and styles, and practicalities. Chapter Five (Gearing to the audience) discusses factors to consider so as to meet the learning pace of trainees and ensure that the knowledge delivered will be useful in their daily life context. Chapter Six (Case studies) offers three case studies that may be useful as concrete examples of educational activities for end-users. These are based on experiences carried out by three EUSTAT partners in Belgium, France and Italy in 1998.

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Go for it! A User Manual on Assistive TechnologyEUSTAT Consortium

Go for it!

A User Manual on Assistive Technology

© European Commission, 1999
ISBN 88-85936-30-X

ABSTRACT

This book is a basic educational package to be used directly by end-users of Assistive Technology or as a textbook for educational initiatives. It is written in plain, easy-to-understand language. It is divided into eight chapters that progressively lead the reader from a basic understanding of Assistive Technology (AT), how to choose it and how to seek advice to a deeper insight into the implications of AT at both individual and social level. In this way, the manual is helpful to novice and expert users alike. It can also assist readers in their personal growth towards more in-depth knowledge, which can be used not only for improving personal autonomy, but also for helping others by acting as peer counsellors.
After some introductory considerations, three chapters (Be prepared for the process of getting AT; Choosing and getting AT; and The service delivery system) offer methods for analysing one's own daily life activities in order to identify areas where AT can be useful; they also highlight aspects the user should be aware of when seeking external advice or accessing a public service delivery system. Concrete examples are offered by the chapter People and AT: some stories of success, that illustrate how AT could solve problems in real life for five persons with disabilities. A comprehensive description follows (chapter Knowing AT) of existing AT products and services, together with many practical examples and pictures. Chapter Information resources and personal advice on AT describes information tools, information sites, and other possible sources of advice that can be sought when choosing AT. In the chapter For you who want to know more the focus shifts from an individual perspective to a social one, so as to understand the impact of AT on society, to communicate better with professionals and other stakeholders, and to be ready to keep pace with future developments. The final chapter (The next challenge: from user to peer counsellor) offers ideas, methods and tips for those expert users who wish to make their experience available to novice users.

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Critical factors involved in end-users' education in relation to Assistive TechnologyEUSTAT Consortium

Critical factors involved in end-users' education in relation to Assistive Technology

© European Commission, 1998
ISBN 88-85936-20-2

ABSTRACT

The term critical factors refers to aspects that deserve careful consideration when approaching the transfer of knowledge to end-users so as to achieve empowerment or prepare the ground for it. This report identifies, describes and analyses such critical factors, and gives rise to a conceptual framework for the development of educational initiatives. The main concern of this study is the process that leads from expression of the need to the choice of AT.
Chapter 1 introduces the philosophy of the EUSTAT project , clarifies some basic concepts and describes the contents and methodology adopted. Chapter Two deals with the relationship between AT and end-users, and describes knowledge transfer as a key factor for bridging the gap. In Chapter Three, a systematic classification of critical factors is given. This is based on a model of the educational process that embraces the sequence of logical steps through which a body of knowledge takes shape in the mind of someone organising an educational initiative, is delivered to end-users, and gradually brings about their empowerment. Chapter Four lists supporting literature, and also includes a comprehensive review of selected handbooks on AT deemed useful for end-user education.

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Programs in Assistive Technology education for End-Users in EuropeEUSTAT Consortium

Programs in Assistive Technology education for End-Users in Europe

© European Commission, 1998
ISBN 88-85936-21-0
Author: Serenella Besio

ABSTRACT

This book is the result of a wide international survey aimed at identifying, classifying and describing existing examples of educational programs in AT for persons with disabilities and the elderly. The survey was carried out at international level mainly by means of questionnaires. On-site visits were also made in order to collect further information and insight about a number of outstanding programs that adopt different approaches.
This book is divided into two parts. Part One is devoted to analysis of existing educational programs in AT. It contains a detailed section-by-section discussion of the data obtained from the survey, description of seven programs visited on-site, and 87 programs analysed on the basis of the questionnaires. Part Two presents the obtained data in both numerical and graphical form.

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