13 Contact Hours

This entry-level course for occupational and physical therapists and assistants as well as speech pathologist provides an overview of assistive technology (AT) for those therapists who are responsible for recommending and implementing AT to meet the needs of people living with disabilities. Standards of practice and code ethics will be discussed and an assistive technology system will be defined to lay the groundwork for applying specific applications of assistivce technology in practice. Lastly, this course provides information to deliver AT services to the consumer, including: assessment principles, service delivery practices used to determine consumer's needs, measuring outcomes, and identifying and attaining funding for services and equipment.

Audience: OT, COTA, PT, PTA, SLP

Skill Level: Entry-level

Contact Hours: 13

The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA 

Teaching Methods: Course content includes text from, "Essentials Of Assistive Technologies (2012)" Written by Albert M. Cook, PhD, PE and Jan Miller Polgar, PhD, OT Reg. (Ont.).  Copyright 2012 Elsevier, Inc.  All Rights Reserved. Used with Permission.

Criteria for Passing: Each learner must complete all learning activities/handouts and pass a final exam to receive credit.

Course Objectives:

By the end of this course, each learner will be able to:

1. Define assistive technology.

2. Describe the components of the assistive technology industry.

3. Describe the role of the consumer and therapist associated with the delivery of assistive technology.

4. Describe the components of an assistive technology system.

5. List the major performance areas and contexts in which assistive technology systems are applied.

6.  Describe the application of the HAAT model in the process of designing an assistive technology system.

7. Describe the principles related to assessment and intervention in assistive technology service delivery.

8. Identify and describe each of the steps in assistive technology service delivery.

9. Describe the different types of funding sources for assistive technology and considerations to make when determining eligibility for funding.


Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives - Introduction to Assistive Technology

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3. Section 1 - Introduction and Overview

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4. Section 2 - Framework for Assistive Technologies

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5. Section 3 - Delivering Assistive Technology Services to the Customer

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6. Course Final and Survey - Introduction to Assistive Technology

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The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion