Although assistive technology provides a promising means to accommodate for barriers to independence and self-determination for people with mental retardation, such devices are underutilized by this population.
The Arc conducted a national survey of the use of assistive technology by people with mental retardation.
In four of five areas, the percentage of individuals who used a device was under 10%. In two of these areas, the percentage of individuals who might benefit from a device exceeded the percentage who used a device, and in a third area, the percentage using devices was nearly equal to those who did not use but might benefit from a device.
Availability and cost were reported as primary barriers.
Suggestions were made to address these issues.
Mots-clés Pascal : Arriération mentale, Assistance technique, Technologie, Utilisation, Besoin utilisateur, Qualité vie, Adulte jeune, Homme, Adulte, Vieillard, Déficience intellectuelle, Trouble développement
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Mental retardation, Technical assistance, Technology, Use, User need, Quality of life, Young adult, Human, Adult, Elderly, Intellectual deficiency, Developmental disorder
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0140416
Code Inist : 002B18C12. Création : 21/07/1998.