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This module explores the trends in independent living and the use of assistive technology (AT), smart home technology, and remote support technology that can be used to assist individuals with developmental disabilities to live independently. It provides an overview of the AT assessment process using the SETT Framework and sample questions to ask about the person's needs and abilities and their environment. Examples of independent living tasks are provided and the module looks at potential tools to address these tasks. It also provides many resources to support the use of assistive technology and smart home technology in independent living.

Estimated Time to Complete: 1 hour

  • What's Included
  • 36 pages
  • Pre/post-assessments
  • Optional $10 certficate
  1. Explain the trends in independent living.
  2. Describe how assistive technology (AT), smart home technology, and remote support technology can be used to support independent living.
  3. Apply the SETT Framework to address a person's need for AT to participate in independent living tasks.
  4. Identify different tools that can be used to increase independence.

Module Authors

Patti Drescher, M.Ed., OTR, ATP

Patti Drescher received her BS in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2004 she received her Master's Degree in Assistive Technology from George Mason University where she also coordinated the GMU LIFE Program and served as adjunct faculty. A RESNA certified ATP since 1998, Patti has worked in numerous settings including the public schools, in-patient rehabilitation, higher education, and vocational rehabilitation. She has presented at many state and national conferences, and co-authored WATI's ASNAT (Assessing Students' Needs for Assistive Technology) manual. Patti joined Virginia's Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services as an OT/Assistive Technology Specialist in 2010.

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