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RESNA's 29th International Conference (2006) "Thriving in Challenging Times: The Future of Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology" in Atlanta, GA, USA, June 22-26, 2006. (Posted June 12, 2006)

RESNA 2006 Conference Activities Type Date Time
Making a Large Database Available for Assistive Technology Research Interactive Poster Sat. June 24, 2006 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Interpreting Assistive Technology Outcomes Interactive Poster Sat. June 24, 2006 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Taxonomy for Classifying Writing Devices Used by Students with Learning Disabilities Interactive Poster Sat. June 24, 2006 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors Perception of Role and Competencies in Assistive Technology Interactive Poster Sat. June 24, 2006 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Assistive Technology Program Viability Interactive Poster Sat. June 24, 2006 12:00pm - 1:30pm
The Relationship Between Bifocal Eyeglass Use and Factors Related to the Risk of Falling Platform Paper Session Sat. June 24, 2006 1:30pm - 2:45pm
ATOMS Project Summary of Findings: Needs Assessment of AT Outcomes and Directions for the Future Workshop Mon. June 26, 2006 1:30pm - 2:45pm

ICADI (International Conference on Aging, Disability and Independence) February 1-5, 2006 in St. Petersburg, FL. (Posted February 1, 2006)

Warning: Bifocals May Increase Your Risk of Falling
Thursday February 2, 2006 at 1:30pm.
Roger O. Smith


RESNA's 28th International Conference (2005) on Technology & Disability: Research, Design, Practice, and Policy in Atlanta, GA, USA, June 23-27, 2005. The ATOMS Project will again have a significant presence at the annual RESNA conference, presenting one instructional course and four papers. (Posted June 20, 2005)

RESNA 2005 Conference Activities Type Date Time
Document Your AT Outcomes: Learn About Small "N" Research Designs [IC-02] (ATOMS) Instructional Course Thurs. June, 23 2005 8:30am - 5:30pm
Vocational rehabilitation counselors and assistive technology (ATOMS) Interactive Poster Sat. June 25, 2005 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Cost analysis of an AT service delivery program Interactive Poster Sun. June 26, 2005 3:30pm - 5:00pm
The Dissistive Nature of Multi-Focal Lenses: Mandate for Investigation and Future R&D (ATOMS) Interactive Poster Sun. June 26, 2005 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Isolating the contribution of assistive technology to school progress (ATOMS) Interactive Poster Sun. June 26, 2005 3:30pm - 5:00pm

11th Annual NACC Conference on ICF: Mapping the Clinical World to ICF in Rochester, MN, USA, June 21-24, 2005 (Posted June 20, 2005)

Matching assistive technology interventions to the ICF
Wednesday June 22, 2005, Oral Presentation
Roger O. Smith, Kathy Longenecker Rust
Abstract (Word document): Matching assistive technology interventions to the ICF


The ATOMS Project co-sponsored an AT outcomes consensus meeting September 30, 2004 in St. Louis , Missouri.
(Posted September 14, 2004, Updated December 9, 2004)

Building on advances in recent years, what types of new assistive technology outcomes (ATO) research initiatives are needed? To address this question, the ATOMS Project spearheaded a series of activities designed to engage stakeholders and researchers in conversations to define and shape a future ATO research agenda.

On September 30, 2004 , a small invited group of ATO stakeholders and researchers engaged in a consensus meeting in St. Louis , MO. The meeting used a variety of group processes to identify important ATO research initiatives. The focus of these efforts was to build consensus about an emerging ATO research agenda.

We gratefully acknowledge the work of the Planning Committee (Carol Cohen, Frank Deruyter, Dave Edyburn, David Gray, Jeff Jutai, and Roger O. Smith) in preparing for this important event.


RESNA's 27th International Conference (2004) on Technology & Disability: Research, Design, Practice, and Policy in Orlando, Florida, USA, June 18-22, 2004. The ATOMS Project is gearing up for another busy RESNA conference, presenting one instructional course and assisting in another, presenting five papers, presenting a workshop, and presenting in the research symposium. The following information provides a complete schedule of both ATOMS activities and activities that ATOMS is participating in. (Posted June 1, 2004)

RESNA 2004 Conference Activities Type Date Time
AT Assessments: A Practical Experience and Implications on Outcomes [IC-05] (ATOMS) Instructional Course Fri. June, 18 2004 8:30am - 5:30pm
AAC Institute Symposium AAC Evidenced-based practice: Research, Practice & Policy [IC-15] (AAC Institute)
Instructional Course Sat. June, 19 2004 8:30am - 5:30pm
Measuring AT Outcomes Using the Student Performance Profile: Analysis and Recommendations (ATOMS) Interactive Poster Sun. June, 20 2004 1:00pm - 3:30pm
10th Annual Research Symposium AT Outcomes Measurement- Applying Outcomes to Practice (RESNA) Research Symposium Mon. June, 21 2004 9:15am - 4:15pm
Outcomes Research – Implications for Assistive Technology (RESNA) Research Symposium - Invited Presenters Mon. June, 21 2004 10:15am - 11:30am
Application of A.T. Outcomes from Clinical Perspectives (RESNA) Research Symposium - Invited Presenters Mon. June, 21 2004 1:30pm - 2:45pm
The Relevance of Qualitative Research to AT Outcome Research Goals (ATOMS) Interactive Poster Mon. June, 21 2004 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Satisfaction with Assistive Technology: What are we measuring? (ATOMS) Interactive Poster Mon. June, 21 2004 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Introduction to Assistive Technology Data in the RSA-911 Case Service Report for Application to Assistive Technology Outcomes Measurement (ATOMS) Interactive Poster Mon. June, 21 2004 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Overview of Legal Issues in Assistive Technology Outcomes Measurement (ATOMS) Platform Tues. June, 22 2004 10:15am - 11:30am
Assistive Technology Outcomes Measurement System (ATOMS) Project: Needs Assessment Results & Projections for the Future (ATOMS) Workshop Tues. June, 22 2004 1:00pm - 2:15pm

ATOMS Project Presentation at the CSUN's 19th Annual International Conference "Technology and Persons with Disabilities" in Los Angeles, CA, USA, March 15-20, 2004.
(Posted February 17, 2004)

New Developments in Assistive Technology Outcomes Research
Thursday March 18, 2004, 2:00p to 3:00pm
Speaker: Dave Edyburn, Ph.D.
Newport C - Hilton
Description: CSUN 2004 Proceedings


Series of ATOMS Project Town Hall Meetings Planned for 2003 and 2004.
(Posted September 16, 2003, Updated December 16, 2003)

The ATOMS Project is planning three town hall meetings for 2003 and 2004. They will be held adjacent to popular national assistive technology conferences so that attendees are able to attend in person, while minimizing travel costs. Details are now available for the town halls being held adjacent to the ATIA 2004 and CSUN 2004 conferences. Pre-registration is required. Note: There will not be a town hall meeting held at RESNA 2004, however there will be a variety of ATOMS Project presentations throughout the RESNA 2004 conference.

  • October 14, 2003 (Tuesday), 8:30a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Minneapolis, MN, USA. (Closing the Gap 2003)
  • January 14, 2004 (Wednesday), 8:30a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Orlando, FL, USA. (ATIA 2004)
  • March 16, 2004 (Tuesday), 8:30a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Los Angeles, CA, USA. (CSUN 2004)

ATOMS Project Town Hall Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
(Posted September. 15, 2003)

Emerging Plans for Measuring the Outcomes of Assistive Technology
Tuesday, October 14, 2003, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm


ATOMS Project presentations at the Closing the Gap (CTG) conference in Minneapolis, MN, USA, from October 16-18, 2003.
(Updated August 18, 2003)

New Developments in Assistive Technology Outcome Measurement Research
Saturday, October 18, 2003, 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Session Authors: Dave Edyburn (UW-Milwaukee), Roger O. Smith (UW-Milwaukee)
Radisson Hotel, Edina room

Description: How can practitioners measure the outcomes associated with assistive technology use? This session will summarize recent research and development in assistive technology outcomes measurement. Participants will receive information, resources, and learn about opportunities for collaboration.

Links: 21st Annual Closing the Gap Conference

Launching a Large-Scale Assistive Technology Infusion Project and Monitoring Outcomes in the Ohio Schools (collaborative presentation)
Thursday, October 16, 2003, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Session authors: Mary Binion (ORCLISH), Dave Edyburn (UW-Milwaukee), Sally Fennema Jansen (UW-Milwaukee), Susan Long Wilson (Ohio Dept. of Education), Unice Teasley (Ohio SchoolNet)
Radisson Hotel, Edina Room

Description: This session will highlight Ohio Assistive Technology Infusion Project's (ATIP) statewide effort to provide students with AT, based on assessments and according to their IEPs. We will discuss the benefits and pitfalls of launching a large-scale electronic system for collecting, awarding, and tracking grant applications, and identify data gathered to support future funding requests. An outcome tracking system was incorporated into the grant process through a collaborative effort with the ATOMS Project. We will share data regarding the relative contribution of AT toward student progress on IEP goals and the impact of AT on student participation and progress in general education.

Links: Ohio ATIP Grant, 21st Annual Closing the Gap Conference


RESNA's 26th International Conference (2003) on Technology & Disability: Research, Design, Practice, and Policy in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, June 19-23, 2003. The ATOMS Project is gearing up for a busy RESNA 2003 conference, making it a great opportunity to learn about results from the needs assessment phase, provide input on key issues, hear about plans for upcoming years, and meet with ATOMS Project staff from UW-Milwaukee and partner institutions. The ATOMS Project team will be presenting six papers, co-presenting in one workshop, and holding a town hall meeting. The following information provides a complete schedule of ATOMS events, with brief descriptions of each. (Posted March 20, 2003; Updated May 30, 2003)

RESNA 2003 Conference Activities Type Date Time
Assistive Technology Outcomes: What Does It Mean to All of Us? Workshop Sat. June, 21 2003 10:15am - 11:30am
Assistive Technology Device Use Inventory: The Need and Development of a Conceptual Model
Interactive Poster Sat. June, 21 2003 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Available Information and Outcomes Of Assistive Technology: A Consumer Perspective Focus Group Interactive Poster Sat. June, 21 2003 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Ecological Electronic Diary For Outcomes Measurement Interactive Poster Sat. June, 21 2003 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Launching a Large-Scale Assistive Technology Service Delivery and Outcome Tracking System in the Public Schools Interactive Poster Sat. June, 21 2003 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Treatment of Assistive Technology Interventions in Health and Rehabilitation Outcome Assessments Interactive Poster Sat. June, 21 2003 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Town Hall on Legal Issues in AT Outcomes Measurement Town Hall Meeting Sat. June, 21 2003 2:45pm - 4:30pm
Outcome Data Needs For Assistive Technology Research and Development Platform Sun. June, 22 2003 10:15am - 11:30am

Assistive Technology Outcomes: What Does It Mean to All of Us?
Saturday June 21, 2003, 10:15am to 11:30am, Workshop (joint CATOR and ATOMS)
Marcia Scherer, Roger O. Smith, Jeffrey Jutai, Dave Edyburn

Assistive Technology Device Use Inventory: The Need and Development of a Conceptual Model
Saturday June 21, 2003, 1:30pm to 2:45pm, Interactive Poster
Fiona L. Whyte, Roger O. Smith, Sally A. Fennema-Jansen, Dave L. Edyburn
Description: This paper provides an overview of the need for and the development of a conceptual model for an Assistive Technology Device Use Inventory (ATDUI). This work explores the possibility of standardized methodology to clearly and completely document AT devices and AT services that a consumer uses.
Note: Associated paper can be found in the "Proceedings of the RESNA 2003 Annual Conference"

Available Information and Outcomes of Assistive Technology: A Consumer Perspective Focus Group
Saturday June 21, 2003, 1:30pm to 2:45pm, Interactive Poster
Mary P. Taugher
Description: This presentation describes the use of a modified Nominal Group Technique to elicit subjective perceptions from assistive technology consumers about their use of and need for assistive technology outcomes information.
Note: Associated paper can be found in the "Proceedings of the RESNA 2003 Annual Conference"

Ecological Electronic Diary for Outcomes Measurement
Saturday June 21, 2003, 1:30pm to 2:45pm, Interactive Poster
Bonnie L. Kennedy
Description: Outcomes of assistive and rehabilitation technology intervention have primarily been measured outside of the natural environments in which recipients of services live, work and play. Clinically-based pencil and paper technologies have predominated data collections on outcomes. Personal digital assistants (PDA) and handheld personal computers (HPC) are increasingly being utilized by health care professionals and researchers. This report summarizes hardware, software, instrumentation, data management, and human factors issues and solutions related to the application of PDA/HPC real-time, natural environment self-report data collection for outcomes.
Note: Associated paper can be found in the "Proceedings of the RESNA 2003 Annual Conference"

Launching a Large-Scale Assistive Technology Service Delivery and Outcome Tracking System in the Public Schools
Saturday June 21, 2003, 1:30pm to 2:45pm, Interactive Poster
Susan Wilson (Ohio Department of Education); Mary Binion, (ORCLISH); Roger O. Smith, Sally Fennema-Jansen, and Dave L. Edyburn (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
Description: This paper describes a large-scale, web-based data collection system developed collaboratively in support of the the Assistive Technology Infusion Project (ATIP) in Ohio. Data are being collected by the ATIP as a part of the application and reporting process surrounding the dissemination of assistive technology (AT) devices to individual students (K-12) throughout the state of Ohio. A major component of this system is looking at integrated methods to measure and track outcomes.
Note: Associated paper can be found in the "Proceedings of the RESNA 2003 Annual Conference"

Treatment of Assistive Technology Interventions in Health and Rehabilitation Outcome Assessments
Saturday June 21, 2003, 1:30pm to 2:45pm, Interactive Poster
Kathy Longenecker Rust and Roger O. Smith
Description: This paper presents the partial results of an investigation to clarify how assistive technology (AT) is treated in current and developing health and rehabilitation outcomes assessment instruments. Review of 100 prominent instruments reveals three primary categories of how AT is treated in the scaling and methodology of current assessments. This cataloguing of outcome measures reveals the extent to which assistive technology is either ignored or considered as a covariate of function. Implications for future research needs are discussed.
Note: Associated paper can be found in the "Proceedings of the RESNA 2003 Annual Conference"

Town Hall on Legal Issues in AT Outcomes Measurement
Saturday June 21, 2003, 2:45pm to 4:30pm, Meeting
Roger O. Smith and Steve Mendelsohn
Description: ATOMS Project staff and interested conference attendees will meet to discuss legal issues related to the measurement, storage, analysis, and reporting of AT outcomes data. Objectives of the meeting are to clarify identified issues, discuss implications, and brainstorm approaches/solutions.

Outcome Data Needs for Assistive Technology Research and Development
Sunday June 22, 2003, 10:15am to 11:30am (15 minute segment), Platform Presentation
Kathy Longenecker Rust and Roger O. Smith
Description: This paper presents the results of the second of a two part study that examined 1) the current use of outcomes measures by Federally funded investigators of assistive technology and 2) the use and perception of outcomes measures by commercial developers of AT. For part one, Federal grant principal investigators received an open-ended request for their methodologies. For part two a random sample of commercial developers received a survey. The data show that product developers appear to be indicating substantial interest in particular outcomes data.
Note: Associated paper can be found in the "Proceedings of the RESNA 2003 Annual Conference"


ATOMS Project Presentation at the CSUN's 18th Annual International Conference "Technology and Persons with Disabilities" in Los Angeles, CA, USA, March 17-22, 2003.
(Posted March 20, 2003)

The ATOMS Project: Measuring Assistive Technology Outcomes
Saturday March 22, 2003, 12:00noon to 1:00pm
Session author in attendance: Kelly Fonner
Century C/D - Hilton
Description: CSUN 2003 Proceedings


ATOMS Project Presentation at the AT Outcome Measurement: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Headed? conference in St. Louis, MO, USA
(Posted Oct. 17, 2002)

October 2002 ATOMS Project Update
Friday October 18, 2002, 9:30am to 10:00am
Roger O. Smith, Ph.D., OT
Marriott Pavilion
Links: October 2002 ATOMS Project Update handouts


ATOMS Project Presentation at the 2002 Closing The Gap (CTG) Conference (20th Annual) in Minneapolis, MN, USA
(Posted Sept. 6, 2002)

The ATOMS Project: Measuring Assistive Technology Outcomes
Thursday October 17, 2002, 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Session authors in attendance: Dave L. Edyburn, Ph.D. (Project Co-Director) and Kelly Fonner (Project Researcher)
Radisson, Plaza 5
Description:
Increasingly, questions have been raised about outcomes associated with assistive technology use. This session will introduce the work of a NIDRR-funded research project to develop measurement theory and tools to measure assistive technology outcomes. Participants will receive information on current projects and resources as well as learn about opportunities for collaboration.
Links: CTG 2002 handouts


ATOMS Project Presentations at RESNA 2002 Annual Conference in Minneapolis, MN, USA
(Posted August 1, 2002)

Assistive Technology Outcome Assessment Prototypes: Measuring "Ingo" Variables Of "Outcomes"
Saturday June 29, 2002, 11:15am to 1:00pm, Interactive poster session
Roger O. Smith, Ph.D., OT
Hyatt Regency, Nicollet A-2
Note:
Associated paper can be found in the "Proceedings of the RESNA 2002 Annual Conference"

AT Outcomes and Students with Mild Disabilities: Policy Initiatives
Sunday June 30, 2002, 12:00noon to 2:00pm, Interactive poster session
Dave L. Edyburn, Ph.D.
Hyatt Regency, Nicollet A-2
Note: Associated paper can be found in the "Proceedings of the RESNA 2002 Annual Conference"

The ATOMS Project: Assessing Needs to Develop Next Generation Assistive Technology Outcomes Measures
Monday July 1, 2002, 9:00am to 10:15am, Concurrent session
Roger O. Smith, Ph.D., OT, Dave L. Edyburn, Ph.D., Todd D. Schwanke, MSE, ATP
Hyatt Regency, Room TBD

Assistive Technology Outcomes: What Does it Mean to Me?
Monday June 30, 2002, 10:45am to 12:00noon, Concurrent session (joint ATOMS Project and CATOR)
Roger O. Smith, Ph.D., OT, Dave L. Edyburn, Ph.D., Todd D. Schwanke, MSE, ATP, Frank DeRuyter, Ph.D., Jeffrey Jutai, Ph.D., Marcia Scherer, Ph.D., Renzo Andrich
Hyatt Regency, Room TBD

An Assistive Technology Outcomes Primer
Monday July 1, 2002, 11:15am to 11:30am, Platform presentation
Dave L. Edyburn, Ph.D.
Hyatt Regency, Room TBD
Note: Associated paper can be found in the "Proceedings of the RESNA 2002 Annual Conference"
Links: AT Outcomes Primer Handout