An ideal model of an assistive technology assessment and delivery process

Stefano Federici*, Marcia J. Scherer, Simone Borsci

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    The purpose of the present work is to present some aspects of the Assistive Technology Assessment (ATA) process model compatible with the Position Paper 2012 by AAATE/EASTIN. Three aspects of the ATA process will be discussed in light of three topics of the Position Paper 2012: (i) The dimensions and the measures of the User eXperience (UX) evaluation modelled in the ATA process as a way to verify the efficient and the evidence-based practices of an AT service delivery centre; (ii) The relevance of the presence of the psychologist in the multidisciplinary team of an AT service delivery centre as necessary for a complete person-centred assistive solution empowering users to make their own choices; (iii) The new profession of the psychotechnologist, who explores user's needs by seeking a proper assistive solution, leading the multidisciplinary team to observe critical issues and problems. Through the foundation of the Position Paper 2012, the 1995 HEART study, the Matching Person and Technology model, the ICF framework, and the pillars of the ATA process, this paper sets forth a concept and approach that emphasise the personal factors of the individual consumer and UX as key to positively impacting a successful outcome and AT solution.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)27-38
    Number of pages12
    JournalTechnology and disability
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


    • Assistive technology assessment process
    • ICF
    • MPT model
    • Psychologist
    • Psychotechnologist
    • service delivery systems

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