Accommodation of the environment and technology is one of the key mediators of adjustment to disability and participation in community. In this article, accommodations are tested empirically as facilitators of return to work and participation, as defined by the International Classification of Disability, Function, and Health (ICF) and the Consortium for Assistive Technology Outcomes Research (CATOR). Both provide ideal models to examine this phenomenon with descriptive concepts and the relations between them. Nevertheless, there is a lack of predictive, empirically operational examinations of these models in order to serve the needs of assistive technology (AT) researchers and clinicians. The contribution of the current study is empirical examination of a framework to identify outcome measures for accommodation with AT. It confirms the major theoretical categories of outcomes: use, match to person/activity, effectiveness, participation, and well-being. Ninety adults with physical disabilities were evaluated in their natural workstations one year after adaptation of their computer workstation. Using the structural equation modeling (SEM) analysis method, findings confirmed the conceptual model, N = 90, χ2(30) = 33.47, p > .05, and the various outcome measures chosen for this study. Future research and clinical applications of the proposed model and the SEM examination are discussed.
|Number of pages||11|
|State||Published - 2009|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This study was funded by the Ian Karetn Charity Trust, United Kingdom, and was undertaken with the advice of my counselors, Arie Rimmeman and Dalia Sachs, from the University of Haifa. It was also partly funded by the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (Grant H133A011803).
- Accommodation outcomes
- Computer technology
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation