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Research Article  |   November 1993
The Development of Technology Competencies and Training Guidelines for Occupational Therapists
Author Affiliations
  • Joy M. Hammel, MEd, OTR, is Chair of the Technology Special Interest Section and Clinical Director, Vocational Training Facility Project, Palo Alto Veterans Hospital, Rehabilitation Research and Development Center–MS 153, 3801 Miranda Avenue, Palo Alto, California 94304
  • Roger O. Smith, MOT, OTR, is Associate Director, Trace Center, Madison, Wisconsin
Article Information
Assistive Technology / Education of OTs and OTAs / Rehabilitation, Participation, and Disability / Vision / Special Issue on Assistive Technology
Research Article   |   November 1993
The Development of Technology Competencies and Training Guidelines for Occupational Therapists
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November 1993, Vol. 47, 970-979. doi:10.5014/ajot.47.11.970
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November 1993, Vol. 47, 970-979. doi:10.5014/ajot.47.11.970
Abstract

The ability to use technology has become a survival skill in our society. This paper discusses technology trends related to the demands of the Information Age, the increasing availability of information and assistive technologies, and the impact of recent civil rights legislation mandating that persons with disabilities be given equal access to technologies that can enhance functional performance. Occupational therapists must become competent in the application and integration of these technologies into reasonable accommodation interventions if we are to meet the changing needs of persons with disabilities. To address this need for technology training, a multitiered set of technology competencies specifically designed for occupational therapy practitioners was authored by the American Occupational Therapy Association Technology Special Interest Section and reviewed by occupational therapists with technology expertise. The process of developing these competencies and recommendations for implementing them within occupational therapy educational programs are discussed.