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Assessing assistive technology needs, solutions, and intervention effectiveness in higher education settings.

Proposal No: 2655

Bios & Handouts

Speaker(s)

  • Marla Roll, Director, Assistant Professor, Colorado State University
  • Matt Malcolm, Associate Professor, Colorado State University

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Length of Session (in hours): 1-hrFormat: Lecture Expertise Level: Intermediate Type of session: Not provided

Summary of Session

The Assistive Technology Resource Center ( ATRC) at Colorado State University ( CSU) has implemented a data collection system to track student needs and AT solutions and academic-related outcomes. Presenters will share how an outcome measure/ tool was used a well as results of the data analysis/ findings of utilization of the chosen tool.

Abstract

Higher education institutions are required to provide appropriate accommodations, including assistive technology (AT), for students with disabilities.Ideally, the provision of AT ensures that students are better-able to successfully perform and participate in key academic activities. Limited methods and outcomes of higher education AT services and accommodations have been reported, raising questions about the AT-related needs, solutions, and impacts. In collaboration with an Occupational Therapy faculty member/ researcher, The Assistive Technology Resource Center (ATRC) at Colorado State University (CSU) has implemented a modified version of a well-established Occupational Therapy outcome tool (the COPM) to assess the assistive technology needs, solutions, and perceived effectiveness for students in higher education.Results of analyses will be shared as well as the pros and cons of using the tool in this manner with recommendations for further use.

Keypoints

  1. Understand use of an outcome measure/ tool for assessing AT effectiveness in higher education.
  2. Identify academic tasks impacted by AT services & accommodations.
  3. Understand the pros and cons of using an outcome measure in higher education settings.

Speaker Bio(s)

Marla Roll

Ms. Roll is Director of the Assistive Technology Resource Center and Assistant Profession in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Colorado State University. Her areas of expertise are in assistive technology(AT) supports in higher education as well as AT education of Occupational Therapy graduate students. Areas of interest include universal design of technology, human technology user interfaces, outcome measures and user centered design. Ultimately, she seeks mainstream and assistive technology solutions that add to the individual’s overall performance and ideally participation in her/his chosen daily activities.

Matt Malcolm

Dr. Matt Malcolm is an Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Colorado State University. He directs the Integrative Rehabilitation Laboratory at CSU. Malcolm’s research is also dedicated to developing the most effective rehabilitation strategies for individuals with a disability. His specific areas of expertise include rehabilitation interventions and outcomes, neurological injury and recovery, and technology development for rehabilitation. Malcolm studied occupational therapy (BS) at the University at Buffalo in 1996, gained clinical expertise at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Fayetteville Arkansas, and obtained his PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Florida in 2003.

Handout(s)

Tracking AT Outcomes in Higher Ed