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The ATOMS Project: Measuring Assistive Technology Outcomes

Kelly Fonner
Educational & Assistive Technology Consultant
1508 Dodge Street
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
Phone: 262-893-8053
Fax: 262-249-9269
Email: kfonner@earthlink.net

Dave Edyburn
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
2400 E. Hartford Avenue, Enderis Hall
Milwaukee WI 53201
Phone: 414-229-4821
Email: edyburn@uwm.edu

Increasing questions have been raised about outcomes associated with assistive technology use. This session will introduce the work of a NIDRR-funded research center to develop measurement theory and tools to measure assistive technology outcomes. The ATOMS Project is a five-year federally-funded research center charged with developing measurement theory and tools for advancing the measurement of assistive technology outcomes.

Participants in this session will be introduced to the workscope and activities of the ATOMS project. Specifically we plan to share information and resources on the following topics:

  1. Brief historical introduction of the emerging area of assistive technology outcomes.

  2. provide contact information on the two NIDRR funded assistive technology outcomes research centers: ATOMS and CATOR

  3. Demonstrate information resources available through each project's web site and how selected items (ie: AT outcomes study group materials, test your knowledge of AT outcomes) can be used y individuals and organizations to stimulate conversation and action about the measurement of assistive technology outcomes.

  4. Present the results of in-progress research on 11 field scans gathering, synthesizing, and analyzing information on assistive technology outcomes as it can be found in the literature, in assessment instruments, in legal and policy documents, in focus group s of assistive technology service providers, and evaluation of existing databases for outcome data. An executive summary will be distributed on each completed field scan and a status report on those scans which will have a report available at a future date.

  5. Engage participants in conversation about the need for assistive technology outcomes measurement systems and how they might use such systems.

  6. Describe opportunities for interested individuals and organizations to engage in on-going collaboration with the ATOMS Project.

This session will provide participants with information and resources on important state of the art research and development efforts associated with assistive technology outcomes. The opportunity to present at CSUN Individuals with Disabilities and Technology conference will allow the project staff to solicit input from a vast cross-section of the profession in ways that will contribute to measurement theory, policy, and development of future accountability systems.

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