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

Proposal No: 2655

Bios & Handouts


  • 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.


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.


  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

Marla has been an Occupational Therapist for 31 years and has worked in the field of assistive technology for over two decades. She is Director of the Assistive Technology Resource Center and Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy where she oversees campus AT supports and services and develops curriculum related to assistive technology and universal design. She has served as Co-PI and Senior Personnel on federally funded grants related to universal design and BCI. Currently, she is interested in research related to outcome measures of assistive technology interventions. Her passions include considering inclusion of people with disabilities in regard to usability/ accessibility of mainstream and emerging technologies and electronic information.

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.


Tracking AT Outcomes in Higher Ed