Assistive technology provision : an assessment of services and supports for people with disabilities in Newfoundland and Labrador

Penton, Valerie M. (Valerie Mary) (2010) Assistive technology provision : an assessment of services and supports for people with disabilities in Newfoundland and Labrador. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

This study assessed the gaps in provision of assistive technology (AT) services and supports for people with disabilities in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL), and reviewed available evidence on the efficacy of single-entry point systems for future planning and policy change. The mixed method research design included a survey of post-secondary students and adults with vision, hearing, mobility, learning or other disabilities, who are users of AT devices or supports (n = 49), and individual interviews with disability service providers (n =8) in community and post-secondary settings throughout the province. Documents describing existing single-entry point systems and similar programs currently in operation in NL were analyzed as well. Findings indicate that knowledge gaps exist within and between end users or consumers of AT and service providers in community organizations and academic institutions. Although the potential benefit of AT is recognized there is dissatisfaction with the current delivery of AT services and supports for people with various disabilities throughout the province. The need for increased training services for both consumers and service providers was strongly identified. Policy alternatives have been suggested, such as increased coordination of services, a single-entry point system and subsidy programs for AT similar to other provinces in Canada.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/8697
Item ID: 8697
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (leaves 192-213).
Department(s): Medicine, Faculty of
Date: 2010
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Canada--Newfoundland and Labrador
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Health services administration--Newfoundland and Labrador; People with disabilities--Services for--Newfoundland and Labrador--Evaluation; Self-help devices for people with disabilities--Newfoundland and Labrador
Medical Subject Heading: Self-Help Devices--Newfoundland and Labrador; Communication Aids for Disabled--trends--Newfoundland and Labrador; Disabled Persons--Newfoundland and Labrador; Health Services--trends--Newfoundland and Labrador

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