A person-centered assistive technology service delivery model: A framework for device selection and assignment

Stefano Federici*, Fabrizio Corradi, Fabio Meloni, Simone Borsci, Maria Laura Mele, Saveria Dandini de Sylva, Marcia J. Scherer

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Background: The introduction of assistive technology (AT) into people's lives is a deliberative and long-term process, which presupposes teamwork as much as professionalism, time, and experience. The aim of the assistive technology assessment (ATA) process is to suggest guidelines to follow in order to reach valid results during the AT selection and assignment process. Purpose: This paper aims to critically discuss the application of the model of the ATA process developed by Federici and Scherer (2012c). Method: A cross-cultural comparison of AT service delivery systems and discussion of the ATA process model adopted by the Leonarda Vaccari Institute of Rome was conducted. Conclusion: Currently, the wide variety of AT devices on the market opens up new frontiers for the individual's enhanced functioning, inclusion, and participation. Because the choice for the most appropriate match is often a complex process, a systematic selection process such as the ATA process described in this article can help practitioners to efficiently achieve successful outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-198
Number of pages24
JournalLife Span and Disability
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Assistive technology abandonment
  • Assistive technology assessment process
  • Assistive technology service delivery
  • ICF
  • Matching person and technology
  • Rehabilitation technology
  • User-centered delivery process


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