Policy sessions

At AAATE 2019 the following policy sessions are scheduled:

  1. Quality in AT Research: Re-Evaluating Use of the Medical Model
  2. Global challenges in AT education and training
  3. EU Accessibility legislation and implementation
  4. Standardisation
  5. Access to higher education
  6. Challenges in IoT and person-centred digital integrated care
    1. Part 1. IoT applications and services: big data treatment and other ethical issues
    1. Part 2. Removing barriers to upscaling and transfer of integrated care platforms

Quality in AT Research: Re-Evaluating Use of the Medical Model

Traditionally, Assistive Technology (AT) research has been approached from a medical model – with the application of AT as an intervention akin to medication prescription. Research quality frameworks in evidence-based medicine prioritize RCTs, single ‘active ingredient’ interventions, and outcomes which are sensitive to change and easily measured. AT research is challenged by this model due to heterogeneity of populations, need for individualized approaches, and application of a social model of disability. AT interventions often include multiple ‘active ingredients’, and complex outcomes (e.g., community participation). This discussion focuses on re-framing our approach to research design and quality in AT.

Speakers:

Dr. Krista L. Best: Researcher, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration; Adjunct Professor, Universite Laval, Canada

Dr. Francois Routhier: Researcher, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration; Associate Professor, Universite Laval, Canada

Prof. Mac MacLachlan: Professor of Psychology and Social Inclusion, Director, Assisting Learning and Living (ALL), Maynooth University, Ireland, Research and Innovation Lead, WHO GATE Initiative

Dr. Roger Smith: Professor, Director, Rehabilitation Research Design and Disability Center, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Dr. Katerina Mavrou: Associate professor at the European University of Cyprus and President elect of AAATE

Chair: Emma M. Smith (University of British Columbia, Canada; ALL Institute, Maynooth University, Ireland)