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What are the guiding principles of assistive technology?
Guiding Principles for AT Planning and Service Delivery (Adapted from Joy Zabala)
- The primary goal of assistive technology is the enhancement of capabilities and the removal of barriers to performance.
- Assistive technology can be a barrier.
- Assistive technology may be applicable to all disability groups and in all phases of education and rehabilitation.
- Assistive technology is related to function, not disability.
- The least complex intervention needed to remove barriers to performance should be the first consideration.
- Assessment and intervention involve a continuous, dynamic process of systematic problem solving.
- Regularly scheduled follow-up and adjustments are expected.
- Assistive technology does not eliminate the need for social and academic skills instruction.
- A team approach is required.