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Suraj Singh Senjam
Smartphones for Vision Rehabilitation - Accessible Features and Apps, Opportunity, Challenges and Usability Evaluation.
Editorial data: Open access book "Software Usability" Edited by Laura M. Castro, David Cabrero and Rüdiger Heimgärtner. ed. Intechopen
Abstract: In today's world, digital technology and smartphones have become part of our daily life. Smartphones are one of the most advanced forms of digital technology that can be considered an assistive technology for the disabled, even for individuals with vision loss. However, they are often not considered aids for the blind, especially in low-middle-income countries. There have been many developments in mobile technology that incorporates information technology, including electronic information, communications technology, and touch-screen accessibility. Such technology facilitates the carrying out of daily activities, independent functioning, movement, social inclusion and participation, educational activities, access to information of today's digital society, visual aid and, finally, helps to improve the life quality. To see smartphones as assistive technologies healthcare professionals, or rehabilitation professionals in general, must however be informed and become aware of the positive aspects and accessibility of these tools. Even engineers and developers, who continually promote the development of more innovative and easily accessible apps for visual impairments, must understand the overall potential of this device as the single app does not adapt to all types of visual impairments, for example , becoming necessary to develop not only clinical guidelines more appropriate for the use of such accessible apps or functionalities but also good practices that can help improve the transfer of knowledge from operators to end users.
Year of publication: 2021
Type of document: Abstract from books
Last update: September 2022
Andrich R, Gower V, Milo A,
Albert, age 23: autonomy in writing and communicating
Editorial data: Portale SIVA Fondazione Don Gnocchi - Banca Dati dei Casi di Studio
Abstract: Alberto is a young man with a complex clinical situation. During the rehabilitation program at our center we worked at meeting his main needs related to mobility, writing, communication and environmental control. In the course of the prgram, thanks to the assistive products available in our Assistive Technology Unit (which were properly configured according to his motor and cognitive impairments), Alberto gradually developed the skills needed to effectively use them. In the meanwhile his life situation changed due to external circumstances. He had the possibility to start attending a Day Centre (sheltered workshop) and thus spend the majority of his time away from home. At the end of the occupational therapy programme we suggested a list of assistive products, which the family agreed to but and place in the Day Centre. After a while we visited the Day Centre and had the opportunity to check the equipment and fix a number of mistakes that had been done in the installation stage. We could also discuss with the family and the Centre staff how to best exploit the potential of the assistive technology provided to Alberto. In the final assessment all the actors involved (Alberto, family, educators) expressed satisfaction with the work done and the choices made.
Year of publication: 2015
Type of document: Case studies/experiences
Last update: March 2016
Beltrami L
Nataly, age 56, motor disability: improving independence at home
Editorial data: Portale SIVA Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus
Abstract: Comprehensive intervention to maintain the independence of a woman with severe progressive disability by means of assistive aids for mobility and seating, for the bathroom and for the interpersonal communication.
Year of publication: 2003
Type of document: Case studies/experiences
Last update: April 2003
Castellano G
Alessio, 33 years old. Autonomy in daily life for a person with spastic quadriplegia.
Editorial data: Portale SIVA Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus
Abstract: Alessio is a young man aged 33 with severe spastic quadriplegia, expressive aphasia, nystagmus, as results of a perinatal damage. This study aims to document the path of Alessio and of team of professionals who followed him: this experience involved Alessio’s parents, his caregiver and the whole team of the Centre. Considering the severity of the clinical situation, a multiprofessional approach was needed, in order to improve Alessio situation and to make him more independent, in particular as far as communication was concerned. Alessio has maintained a good level of symbolic cognitive ability, slightly below the norm: although he can’t use verbal language, he has a high understanding and an overall good cognitive functioning. Thanks to his character, his availability and his will, he was able to self determine not only the choice of technological solutions, but his future in general.
Year of publication: 2006
Type of document: Case studies/experiences
Last update: July 2011
Ciot C
Pietro, age 7, motor disability: improving independence in communication
Editorial data: Portale SIVA Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus
Abstract: Pietro is 6 years old and he is affected by dystonic quadriplegia and impaired upper limb functionality; he can articulate just a few words, but shows a good level of comprehension. This paper describes the way towards autonomy that the child, his family and the caregivers experienced together. At the beginning, parting from the mother was a great effort for the children, who expressed his discomfort rejecting unknown people and environments. Later, the emotional instability gradually decreased; Pietro became conscious of his abilities, he found fulfilment in them and his interests increased. Therefore it was possible to start a project aiming to the evaluation of assistive devices allowing Pietro to interact with the environment and actively take part in educational activities. An orthosis, keeping the thumb and the wrist aligned, was prescribed for the less impaired arm. In this way Pietro, who was already able to use a device with automatic scansion, could use a communication aid whose vocal output was activated by the pressure of a button. Besides, a multimedia "open" software for the creation of customized educational unities was chosen. Finally, Pietro was given a postural wheelchair allowing the carriage of the communicator and the use of the computer without tiring transfers from the push-chair to the wheelchair.
Year of publication: 2005
Type of document: Case studies/experiences
Last update: February 2005
Dibenedetto M
Franco, age 16, motor disability: improving independence in mobility and communication
Editorial data: Portale SIVA Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus
Abstract: Francesco is 16 years old and he is affected by Cerebral Palsy with severe vision problems, that had a great influence on his cognitive growth. He is a very lively and sociable boy. He has reached a moderate autonomy in walking. He attends a high school (first year) and a social and educational center. The project's purpose is to provide greater autonomy to Francesco. After a detailed analysis of assistive aids available a wise choice was made, taking into account the economic aspect.
Year of publication: 2005
Type of document: Case studies/experiences
Last update: February 2005
Festi C
Roberta, 43 years old. Autonomy in daily life for a person with Multiple Sclerosis
Editorial data: Portale SIVA Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi
Abstract: Roberta is a young woman suffering from multiple sclerosis, characterized by hypertension, with tetraparesis, dysarthria and dysphagia. Roberta can’t express herself well and family members considered the proposal for a possible program aimed at improving communication: we have thus undertaken in collaboration with the Regional Centre for Assistive for AT a project aimed at evaluating a system of alternative communication. In parallel, the area of intervention has gradually expanded to include mobility and posture, in order to find solutions designed to lighten the load of assistive care and to improve comfort. Roberta is currently dependent in all activities of daily life and is no longer able to cooperate during transfers, thus totally charging her husband and the personal assistant. The seating system is no longer appropriate and Roberta prefers to remain lying on the sofa for most of the day: in this regard we have proposed a wheelchair with postural system in order to allow her to stay seated for several hours. The aim of this paper is to illustrate the path taken with Roberta to enhance her social participation and, if possible, prevent the risk of isolation. Through the integration of different skills and the service network, we would like to propose a global approach, not only oriented to the provision of services, but to the maximum autonomy as possible.
Year of publication: 2008
Type of document: Case studies/experiences
Last update: May 2013
Gilardi A
Tiresia, 70 years old. Autonomy in daily life for a visually impaired elderly person
Editorial data: Portale SIVA FondazioneDon Carlo Gnocchi
Abstract: Tiresia is a man aged 70, that represents all the elderly people who spend part of their life with the difficulties caused by the decay of visual function. Social costs of visual impairment in Italy amount to about 12.069 million per year. After ophthalmologic consultation, user needs were analyzed through the IPPA instrument, which permitted us to define the intervention objectives, in particular to allow Tiresias to keep the alphabetical code as far as reading and writing are concerned, in all those activities at home and outdoors, he considered important. We studied original solutions, using both hardware (HW) and software (SW) commercial products and solutions dedicated to low vision as well. The cost analysis emerged using the SCAI methodology has highlighted the savings over the social cost by using the assistive solution proposal.
Year of publication: 2007
Type of document: Case studies/experiences
Last update: July 2011
Lazzarich C
Emanuele, 10 years old. Autonomy in daily life for a person with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Editorial data: Portale SIVA Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus
Abstract: Emanuele is a child, aged 10, suffering from progressive muscular dystrophy type Duchenne. He lives with his mother, a physiotherapist, that until now has coordinated on her own all professional interventions (physicians, pediatric neurology, pulmonologist, cardiologist, orthopedic technicians, etc..), as a response to the needs of her son. Now Emanuele’s mother is no more able to manage the situation by herself, as it has turned more difficult. We intervened in order to try to support her, focusing on five major issues concerning the autonomy of her son: the power wheelchair, the renovation of the bathroom, the accessibility of the home garden, the environment control and accessibility to personal computer. For each topic a specific project was formulated, each identifying needs, objectives and expected results.
Year of publication: 2006
Type of document: Case studies/experiences
Last update: May 2016
Martinelli M
Paola, age 38, motor disability: improving independence in mobility and communication
Editorial data: Portale SIVA Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus
Abstract: After a severe car accident that caused a severe brain concussion, aids for seated posture and for communication were chosen to facilitate the patient's home reintegration.
Year of publication: 2003
Type of document: Case studies/experiences
Last update: May 2003
Pigini L, Liverani G
Antonietta, 46 years old. Workplace adaptation for a bank employee, with an outcome of childhood polio
Editorial data: Portale SIVA Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi
Abstract: Antonietta is a woman aged 46 with a disability recognized by 74% due to polio in childhood. She also suffers from bilateral carpal tunnel. Currently she uses a pair of crutches and canes for moving outdoors. Antonietta works as a clerk in a bank. This short presentation highlights potential risks arising from the performance of this particular work and presents a suitable design solution for her safety at work.
Year of publication: 2009
Type of document: Case studies/experiences
Last update: May 2013
Pigini L, Liverani G
Clara, 25 years old. Adaptation of the workplace for a person employed in bank, with hypotonia of the lower limbs
Editorial data: Portale SIVA Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi
Abstract: Clara is a girl of 25 years suffering from a severe hypotonia of the lower limbs with a recognized disability of 100%. She always needs support for personal mobility and is and unable to move on her own except for short routes. Thanks to the Local Employment Service, she started working at a major Italian bank, as help-desk. In this short presentation potential risks arising from the performance of this particular work are highlighted, as well as the suitable design solution making the workplace more secure and protected.
Year of publication: 2009
Type of document: Case studies/experiences
Last update: May 2013
Pigini L, Liverani G
Mauro, 50 years old. Adaptation of the workplace for a systems analyst with spastic quadriplegia
Editorial data: Portale SIVA Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi
Abstract: Mauro is a man aged 50 suffering from spastic quadriplegia with disabilities recognized by 67%. According to his medical history, he reported problems in the spine due to spondylolisthesis for which, last year, underwent a surgical intervention. Complications due to an infection forced Mauro to stay at home for six months, after which he returned to work. In addition to the problem at the spine, in 2000, he had an operation for carpal tunnel. Mauro works as a mainframe systems engineer at a major Italian bank, three days in the office and the remaining two days works from home. In this short presentation inadequacies and potential risks linked to his home accessibility are highlighted, as well as the suitable design solution making the house more secure and protected also as a workplace.
Year of publication: 2009
Type of document: Case studies/experiences
Last update: May 2013
Porcella B
Gabriele, age 56, motor disability: improving independence in communication by means of eye-gaze
Editorial data: Portale SIVA Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus
Abstract: Gabriele: a clear and subtle mind trapped in a body that doesn't respond to commands. An ictus relegated him to the immobility and to a persistent silence from which he would like to escape, satisfying his fundamental needs: communication, interaction with the world, expression of feelings and thoughts. Gabriele can only communicate through his eyelids: looking up means yes, half-opening the eyes means no. With a 21 yellow and green letters table, he becomes a marksman of the alphabet. Yet his disease has been finally defeated by the patient's will and motivation and by the intelligence of the carers who believed in new technologies. This experience presents the experimentation results of a new eye-blink driven sensor for PC.
Year of publication: 2005
Type of document: Case studies/experiences
Last update: February 2005
Rescigno L
Elena, 15 years old. Autonomy in daily life for a person with an outcome of severe head injury
Editorial data: Portale SIVA Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi
Abstract: This paper presents the story of a 15 years old girl that one day, apparently similar to another, going out of school has a car accident. The awakening after the four long, agonizing days in a coma reassures her family, but for Elena is just the beginning of a long journey full of changes and of situations in which it is hard to accept a reality and a body that she does not recognize as hers. The paper describes the progressive return of Elena to a life still to be lived and felt though the circumstances have changed. In particular, we focused on the solutions chosen for mobility (wheelchair with the seating system), for the return home (removal of architectural barriers at home), for personal autonomy and communication (alphabetical communicator and later communication software).
Year of publication: 2009
Type of document: Case studies/experiences
Last update: May 2013
Restano Magazzini L
Nazzareno, 52 years old. Autonomy in daily life for a person with ALS
Editorial data: Portale SIVA FondazioneDon Carlo Gnocchi
Abstract: Nazzareno is a man aged 52 that in 2004 was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. In 2006 he started using a PEG, and since 2007 is tracheostomized and has undergone invasive mechanical ventilation (VMI). He and his family are supported by local services, and Nazzareno is highly motivated to maintain communication skills with family, friends and professionals. Since May 2005 he’s followed by a multidisciplinary staff of the Communication Aids Centre Laboratory: according to the progression of the disease, many software and hardware solutions were found and implemented.
Year of publication: 2009
Type of document: Case studies/experiences
Last update: July 2011
Tonussi E
Clemy, age 52, motor disability: improving independence at home
Editorial data: Portale SIVA Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus
Abstract: Clemy is a 52 year old woman affected by spastic-dystonic tetraplegia as a consequence of perinatal suffering. She is completely independent in personal care, transfers and eating. Since her childhood she has tried to be independent in movements, in her personal choices and most of all in communication. Because of a sudden motor impairment, now Clemy can't use her electronic wheelchair any more and she has difficulties in maintaining the seated posture, which causes pain to her. She also finds it tiring to use the PC that she controls with a metal point fixed to her left foot and a standard keyboards with shield. Clemy would like to be independent in calling for help any time she needs to do it. She also would like to take a weight off her mother, who looks after her during transfers and in the bathroom.
Year of publication: 2005
Type of document: Case studies/experiences
Last update: February 2005
Vannini R
Nicoletta, age 20, motor disability: improving independence at home
Editorial data: Portale SIVA Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus
Abstract: A car accident caused a tetraplegia and required lower limbs amputation. A global rehabilitation program that allows home reintegration and a good level of autonomy in everyday life activities is required. The evaluation of suitable aids and prostheses is fundamental for home reintegration with a reasonably demanding level of assistance.
Year of publication: 2003
Type of document: Case studies/experiences
Last update: July 2003
AAATE
AAATE position paper: A 2003 view on Technology and Disability
Editorial data: AAATE
Abstract: This document presents an official view of AAATE (Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe) on the current situation of research, development and availability of assistive technologies. It points out priority areas for the various stakeholders involved in the assistive technology domain, such as policy makers, funding agencies, researchers, industry, public service delivery systems. It also discusses the new challenges put by today’s quick pace of technology innovation, whose impact on the people’s lifestyle may even require a re-definition of the concept of assistive technology. The document is divided into 6 chapters: 1) Introduction 2) Role and relevance of Assistive Technology 3) Priority areas within the assistive technology domain 4) New challenges ahead 5) A key player: industry and 6) AAATE in brief. AAATE is the European interdisciplinary Scientific Society specifically focused on assistive technologies.
Year of publication: 2003
Type of document: Not published
Last update: May 2013
AAATE
Socio-economic assessment of assistive technology in service delivery practice
Editorial data: Proceedings of the AAATE 2008 International Workshop (Milano, 25-26/09/2008)
Abstract: Nowadays, there is an increasing demand for evidence of the cost-effectiveness of assistive technologies. Policy makers and financing agencies need such information to properly allocate resources, control how efficiently they are used, stimulate the market, identify priority areas for research, understand possible wider implications at an overall societal level; professionals working in health care and social services – within today’s climate of accountability calling for evidence based practice - need to know whether their AT choices have proved effective within the rehabilitation programme, useful for the client, and efficient in using resources; industrialists need evidence of the added value their products or services may offer in comparison to those of other competitors; users and user organisations require to be fully involved in decision making processes and bring their expertise in this discussion. Studies on this subject started to appear in literature quite recently. Most of them are still struggling with fundamental research questions; others work at developing, field-testing and validating specific instruments or methodologies; overall, knowledge has greatly advanced on this topic in the recent years. However, it seems that transfer of such knowledge into policy development and service delivery practice is still in the early stages. The AAATE 2008 International Workshop offered a significant contribution on this issue. It brought together experts from all over the world that have developed expertise in this subject or are carrying out significant field experiences. The workshop included invited speakers, round table and discussion sessions. It gave the opportunity to all participants to learn from each other’s experience, to investigate how socio-economic assessment mechanisms could be integrated into service delivery practice, and discuss possible roadmaps for all actors involved, including the AAATE, to promote advancement on this topic.
Year of publication: 2008
Type of document: Not published
Last update: May 2013
AAATE, EASTIN
Service Delivery System in Europe: Position Paper 2013
Editorial data: AAATE (Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe), EASTIN (European Assistive Technology Information Network)
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to indicate a framework for exploiting the role of assistive technology (AT) in supporting care and participation of people with disabilities and elderly people through appropriate service delivery systems (SDS). The first chapter (Background) discusses the reasons why the Scientific Society AAATE and the EASTIN Association deemed useful to produce a position paper on this issue, based on the findings of an international workshop held in Copenhagen in 2012. The second chapter (The scope of an AT SDS), discusses the concept of assistive solutions – intended as individualised interventions providing users with appropriate environmental facilitators (AT products, personalised environmental modifications, personal assistance) to overcome disability and enable participation in all aspects of life – and the mission of a SDS – ensuring that all people with disabilities can access appropriate assistive solutions that are able to support autonomy in their life environment. The paper also points out that AT service delivery policies should be well coordinated with accessibility policies i.e. those related to infrastructural interventions ensuring that the mainstream environment, products and services are usable by all people, including those with reduced function or who depend on assistive technology. The third chapter (Basic features of an AT SDS) discusses why public SDS are needed for AT, what the main AT SDS models are, and how a SDS process can be described and monitored in terms of quality. The discussion is organised into answers to eight research questions. The last chapter (Some recommendations) provides a number of useful recommendations for those who are engaged in the design, development and implementation of AT SDS policies. The recommendations are clustered round the six SDS quality indicators suggested by the European HEART Study: Accessibility, Competence, Coordination, Efficiency, Flexibility, User Influence.
Year of publication: 2012
Type of document: Not published
Last update: May 2013
Andrich R
Cost analysis of assistive technology and other enviromental facilitators: the SCAI (Siva Cost Analysis Instrument)
Editorial data: Milano: Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi
Abstract: The SCAI instrument was designed to help clinicians estimate the economic aspects of the provision of assistive technology (AT) solutions to individual users. Use of the instrument involves three steps: 1) describing the objectives of the individual AT programme 2) establishing the sequence and the timing of all the interventions that form the programme 3) compiling a cost calculation table for each AT solution. The last distinguishes between social costs (the sum of all material and human resources mobilised by the intervention) and the financial plan (the actual disbursement of money over time by all actors involved). The social cost is the main indicator of the economic significance of the AT solution: alternative solutions should be compared in terms of their social cost. The financial plan identifies the expenditure, i.e. the cash that should be dispensed by the funding actors during the programme lifecycle. The SCAI is not primarily intended as a decision-making tool; it ought to be looked at as an informative tool that adds to clinical assessment so as to make clinicians and users aware of the economic consequences of their decisions.
Year of publication: 2011
Type of document: Not published
Last update: November 2011
Andrich R
Communication devices for people with disabilities
Editorial data: Portale SIVA Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi
Abstract: The article contains a detailed introduction to communication aids and describes the main types of assistive devices that allow communication, writing and environmental control.
Year of publication: 2006
Type of document: Not published
Last update: May 2013
Andrich R
Fundamentals of assistive technology
Editorial data: Portale SIVA
Abstract: (text automatically translated from Italian) Leaving ***dalla the definition of the concepts of technical assistive device and accessibility, a classification of the assistive devices based on their role in the rehabilitation process is proposed and of social inclusion of the person with disability, distinguishing them between ***protesici, ***ortesici assistive devices, adapted to you, it acclimatizes them, charitable, therapeutic and ***cogniti to you. The aspects are analyzed therefore to consider for one correct assesment of the individual needs of the person, in relation to the choice of the appropriated technological solutions more for the personal independence and the charitable support, in relation to the objectives to pursue (activity of the daily life, school, job, free time etc…), to the familiar context and alive the physical environment where the person. From this analysis they gush proposed methodological and instruments of job on like organizing the job of assesment, chosen and prescription of the assistive devices in the within of the rehabilitative process.
Year of publication: 2011
Type of document: Not published
Last update: September 2011
Andrich R
Fundamentals of outcome measurement for assistive technology
Editorial data: Portale SIVA Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus
Year of publication: 2008
Type of document: Not published
Last update: April 2013
Andrich R, Bucciarelli P, Liverani G, Occhipinti E, Pigini L
Disability and work: a possible combination. Methods and experiences in worksites and work-processes design for people with mobility impairment
Editorial data: Milano, Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi
Abstract: (text automatically translated from Italian) It is not enough to ensure access to the workplace and adapt spaces and equipment to ensure that the worker with disabilities can exercise its tasks independently, comfortable and productive. It 'also important to ensure that the worker can maintain their ability to work in the long term. Some tasks, in fact, can expose the worker movements and efforts that lead to a gradual worsening of their functional limitations, resulting in worsening of disability both at work and in other activities of daily living. Much can be done to prevent such risks through reasonable accommodation (reasonable accommodation). The concept of adaptation incorporates the issues of overall working environment, individualized redesign of the workplace, the adoption of technical aids useful to facilitate work tasks, the reorganization of processes and workflows and 'possible support for personal assistance. The concept of sustainability evokes the principle of "do not force the employer to disproportionate investment." This report represents the first systematic analysis of the work of matter, and therefore provides information and insights useful in various areas: 1) the operators in the field of disabilities, particularly those engaged in rehabilitation, counseling and technical aids in the insertion working, and 2) to occupational physicians, as sheds new light on the issues of risk analysis and highlights the potential for solutions - today often overlooked - technical adaptation of the work environment, and 3) to employers and their safety technicians, highlighting new aspects of safety in the workplace and new possibilities for solving them.
Year of publication: 2009
Type of document: Not published
Last update: June 2016
Andrich R, Pilati G (a cura di)
Assistive Technologies in the individual empowerment programme of persons with disabilities
Editorial data: Documento di Lavoro Seminario di Ricerca “Tecnologie, ausili e soluzioni professionali per l’autonomia possibile delle persone con disabilità” (Malosco, 20-23/07/2008). Fondazione Zancan Onlus e..
Abstract: (text automatically translated from Italian) In the face of a technological development that provides people with disabilities even more powerful tools for functional recovery, for personal autonomy, to the education and job placement, the organization of health services effort to accommodate such opportunities in their processes. Interventions that should be synergistic and coordinated by its very nature as the provision of assistive technology, the works of improvement of the living environment, the assignment of personal assistance, follow channels legislative and organizational aspects, often leaving the user the to extricate themselves knocking at various "gates" to more without the certainty of finding the appropriate skills to develop effective responses. On these issues, he has experimented with the interdisciplinary group of experts gathered at the Seminar of Research, "" Assistive Tecnology and professional solutions for the possible independence of people with disabilities ", held in Malone (TN) 20 to 23 July 2008 for a joint initiative Foundation Zancan of Padua and the Don Gnocchi Foundation in Milan. During the seminar, we analyzed how it could be possible to integrate these interventions into a single project, formalized and it may be known at all times the case manager, and how the unity of the project is essential to make the 'effective intervention - from the point of view of the citizen witnessed - and efficient - in accordance with the optimal use of the resources allocated to the health system. Precisely in terms of effectiveness and efficiency , scientific research has shown extensively as assistive technologies, if provided in an appropriate manner, allowing to achieve important economies on interventions, sometimes measurable on one or two orders of magnitude. The current national system of prosthetic assistance has not been properly organized to detect these economies.
Year of publication: 2008
Type of document: Not published
Last update: April 2013
Andrich R, Vincenti S
The Italian assistive technology provision system: a summary of the core regulations
Editorial data: Portale SIVA Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi
Abstract: Responsibilities for AT provision in Italy reside mainly with the National Health System (NHS), but there are also regulations at regional level and other benefits and sector-specific provisions, thus leading to a complex legislation regulating this domain. This document is therefore intended to provide an overall reference frame, offering guidance on regulations in force and on opportunities to apply for funding. The different settings “home, everyday life”/”employment” and “education” are analysed separately, providing indications on the main pieces of legislation, as well as on the system of delivery, according to national regulations and regional policies.
Year of publication: 2012
Type of document: Not published
Last update: May 2013
ASSOAUSILI - Associazione Italiana Tecnologie Assistive Digitali
White Paper on Digital Assistive Technologies
Editorial data: ASSOAUSILI - Associazione Italiana Tecnologie Assistive Digitali
Abstract: The book was born from decades of experience as suppliers of the National Health Service. The Assoausili companies are formally suppliers of the various healthcare companies, but with respect to the particular type of aids treated they have a direct relationship with the users for whom the technological solutions are intended. This role has allowed us to deal with the critical issues and strengths in the provision of aids that the application of the "new" nomenclature has highlighted. The reference legislation, i.e. the Prime Ministerial Decree 12/1/17 (which includes the so-called Nomenclator), moreover instrumentally connected to the LEAs (Essential Levels of Assistance), illustrates the functions that the aids must perform, identifying the users who have the right, also providing that the acquisition of the instrument takes place through public purchasing procedures, i.e. that a method is identified among those included in the so-called Procurement Code or in any case in compliance with the legislation in force.
Year of publication: 2023
Type of document: Not published
Last update: January 2024
Gower V, Mann W, Pianesi F, Tobia, Lanz O, Di Rienzo M, Meriggi P, Braghieri,Susi, Caretta F,Suighi
Proceedings of the seminar: Improving the quality of care in residential facilities for frail elderly people: new frontiers with smart ICT applications
Editorial data: Atti del convegno ACube (Milano, 19/04/2011)
Abstract: (text automatically translated from Italian) The convention, the 19 ***svoltosi You open them 2011, has deepened the thematic one of the monitoring of the hosts in the residential structures for old persons, as as an example the diurnal ***RSA and centers specialize to you. The technological developments of the last years in the within of the ***sensoristiche technologies for the monitoring of complex environments (which as an example the networks of television cameras, microphones, the detectors of biological beacons, systems ***RFID,…) the residential structures represent an important resource in order to improve the quality of the offered service in the meanwhile ***dalle optimizing use it of the resources. In the course of the convention it has been supplied a panoramic width of the technological solutions currently available in this within, focusing the attention not only on the potentialities offered ***dalle the technologies tu also on the ethical and organizational aspects that the introduction of these systems implies. ***E' be moreover dealt the thematic one of the technologies of frontier in this within, that is of that it will be possible in the near future to make with systems monitoring advances. In particular they have been introduced the preliminary result of the project ***ACube (***Ambient Aware Assistance), financed ***dalla the Independent Province of Trento, finalized to develop a system to made up of a distributed network of sensors for the collection of the data ***dall' the environment, connected to a computer based system in a position to comprising the perceived changes and to develop an adequate answer. The participants have moreover been able in to assist to a demonstration of the prototype of installed the ***ACube system the ***domotica house of service ***DAT of the Don Gnocchi Foundation.
Year of publication: 2011
Type of document: Not published
Last update: August 2012
Salatino C, Andrich R, Desideri L
Assistive technology outcome measures: a literature review.
Editorial data: Portale SIVA Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus
Abstract: Objectives: Identifying outcome measures for individual assistive technology (AT) interventions, applicable to any kind of assistive products. Study design: Literature review. Methods: Three investigators searched and reviewed scientific papers published in sector journals in the past 13 years in relation to AT outcome measures. Results: 53 papers met the inclusion criteria. Overall, they describe 86 measures. 37 of them were found to be related to the outcome of the whole rehabilitation process rather than to AT purposely. 41 are restricted to specific categories of AT products. Only five are actually applicable to any AT products: FIATS, IPPA, PIADS, QUEST, and SCAI. In addition, three further measures were found that - although unable to fully capture the AT outcome if used alone - can add useful information on the quality of the AT intervention (KWAZO, SATS) and the individual predisposition to AT use (ATD-PA). Conclusions: A careful monitoring of the achieved outcome is an essential aspect of any individual AT interventions. This study provides a list of measures that help monitoring the intervention effectiveness and cost.
Year of publication: 2018
Type of document: Not published
Last update: June 2019
Organizzazione Mondiale della Sanità
WHO Priority Assistive Products List
Editorial data: World Health Organization, Geneve 2016
Abstract: The WHO APL (which stands for "World Health Organization Assistive Products List") includes 50 categories of assistive products that are considered "priority" or "essential" by the Worls Health Organization (WHO): those products that are highly needed, an absolute necessity to maintain or improve an individual’s functioning and which need to be available at a price the community/state can afford. The List has been adopted by the WHO Assembly on May 24, 2016, and will be probably updated in the future.
Year of publication: 2016
Type of document: Fact sheets
Last update: June 2016
Andrich R
Fundamentals in Assistive Technology
Editorial data: Dispense Corso di Alta Formazione "Ausili per l'Autonomia e la Partecipazione". Associazione La Nostra Famiglia IRCCS E.Medea
Abstract: Lecture providing on overview of assistive technologies and their role in individual programmes related to rehabilitation, autonomy and social integration. On the ground of the ICF classification of the World Health Organisation and of recent findings in scientific literature and clinical practice, this lecture helps classify the various types of assistive technology against their function and their impact on the organisation of daily life activities. It also suggests criteria for judging their appropriateness, effectiveness and utility in relation to each individual case.
Year of publication: 2019
Type of document: Lectures
Last update: September 2019
Andrich R
Cost-Outcome analysis of assistive technology
Editorial data: Dispense Corso di Alta Formazione "Ausili per l'Autonomia e la Partecipazione". Associazione La Nostra Famiglia IRCCS E.Medea
Abstract: An assistive solution can be considered appropriate when it meets two criteria: effectiveness (achievement of the expected outcomes) and efficiency (making optimal use of resources). The most appropriate efficiency indicator is the additional social cost, i.e. the overall amount of the costs incurred by all stakeholders (user, service, health, entities etc ...), minus the overall amount of costs that same actors would bear in the absence of the assistive solution. The purchase price of the assistive products is just a part of the total investment, hence is not a valid cost indicator. The additional social cost must be measured considering the entire life cycle of the equipment, in view of the results that we intend to achieve (outcome) and the cost of the "non-solution" (i.e. the social cost which would be incurred in case no assistive solution were implemented). The social cost of "non-solution" is often higher than the social cost of the solution, as the latter decreases the burden of assistance and provides the users (and their family or network) with greater autonomy. The lecture ends with illustrating an instrument able to measure of the additional social cost of assistive solution: the SCAI (Siva Cost Analysis Instrument), developed by the Don Gnocchi Foundation within a research programme funded by the Ministry of Health.
Year of publication: 2019
Type of document: Lectures
Last update: October 2019
Andrich R
User education for independent living: methods and instruments
Editorial data: Dispense Corso di Alta Formazione "Ausili per l'Autonomia e la Partecipazione". Associazione La Nostra Famiglia IRCCS E.Medea
Abstract: The lecture suggests methodologies and tools for the education of persons with disabilities to autonomy, intended as the ability to take control over their own lives and their own choices, to enter into relationships with others, and to become protagonists in society. The path that leads from the recognition of a need for the implementation of its solution is discussed, highlighting the need to help the users develop assistive-technology-related knowledge and basic skills by means of appropriate educational programs. In this regard the European study EUSTAT (Empowering Users Through Assistive Technology) developed a set of educational materials guidelines for building inclusion culture in the community.
Year of publication: 2019
Type of document: Lectures
Last update: October 2019
Andrich R
Assistive technology provision in Italy: the legislation and regulatory framework
Editorial data: Dispense Corso di Alta Formazione "Ausili per l'Autonomia e la Partecipazione". Associazione La Nostra Famiglia IRCCS E.Medea
Abstract: The lecture provides a systematic overview of the current regulations on the provision of assistive technology at national and regional level. It also illustrates the related procedures, and the fiscal benefits for those who purchase assistive technology products at their own expenses. The regulations are clustered round five categories: the National Health Service Prosthetic Assistance Scheme; the fiscal benefits eligibility scheme (reduced Vat and deductions in the Annual Tax Declaration); the contributions for removal of architectural barriers; the contributions for cars adaptation; the independent living budget schemes, available in some Regions; and the reimbursements by private Insurance Companies.
Year of publication: 2019
Type of document: Lectures
Last update: September 2019
Andrich R
Organizing Assistive Technology Centres
Editorial data: Dispense Corso di Alta Formazione "Ausili per l'Autonomia e la Partecipazione". Associazione La Nostra Famiglia IRCCS E.Medea
Abstract: The lecture analyzes the assistive devices assessment/choice process and the fundamental role of Assistive Technology Centres within the process. Criteria and instruments are suggested that can be useful in various stages of the process (competences/skills needed within the team, logistics, assistive products exhibition, intake methods and work protocols). Examples of good practice are presented from foreign assistive technology centres as well as from the Italian AT centres network (GLIC). The lecture proceeds with illustrating the major informative resources available in Italy SIVA Portal, Essediquadro, other Web Sites) and worldwide (EASTIN and the connected national databases) and the scientific Societies that are active in this sector (AAATE, RESNA etc.). Finally, the lecture suggests some quality indicators (accessibility, competence, coordination, flexibility, efficiency, user infuence), as basis for comparison between the Italian service delivery system and the systems of other European Countries.
Year of publication: 2019
Type of document: Lectures
Last update: October 2019
Andrich R
Assessment and certification of assistive devices
Editorial data: Dispense Corso di Alta Formazione "Ausili per l'Autonomia e la Partecipazione". Associazione La Nostra Famiglia IRCCS E.Medea
Abstract: The lecture provides a general framework for assistive technology assessment. The first part discusses various aspects of functional and technical assessment, such as safety, quality, functionality, usability, referring to regulations and certification standards issued by national (UNI), international (ISO) and European (CEN) standadization Bodies. Some assessment checklists are described, such as the 17 criteria proposed by A.Batavia and G.Hammer (1990), the 7 criteria proposed by the European Institute on Design and Disability (1998) and the European handbook USERFIT (1996). In the second part, the lesson discussed the fundamentals of individualized assessment, based on three concepts: competence (whether the assistive solution achieves the goals) reaches the target), consonance (whether the user is comfortable with it) and contextuality (whether it fits the context). In the third part, the lesson investigates socio-economic aspects, such as effectiveness (objectives achieved), usefulness (user-perceived value) and cost-efficiency.
Year of publication: 2019
Type of document: Lectures
Last update: October 2019
Andrich R
Fundamentals of outcome assessment for assistive technnology
Editorial data: Dispense Corso di Alta Formazione "Ausili per l'Autonomia e la Partecipazione". Associazione La Nostra Famiglia IRCCS E.Medea
Abstract: The appropriateness of an assistive solution can be estimated on the basis of its effectiveness in answering to the objectives for which it has been chosen, of its usefullness or significance for the quality of life of the customer, of its efficiency in relation to the economic investment. After describing the fundamentals of assistive technology outcome analysis - based on the ICF paradigm (International Classification of the Disability, the Operation and the Health), the lecture presents three validated outcome instruments: the QUEST, the PIADS and the IPPA.
Year of publication: 2019
Type of document: Lectures
Last update: October 2019
Andrich R
Individual assessment of assistive products within rehabilitation programmes
Editorial data: Dispense Corso di Alta Formazione "Ausili per l'Autonomia e la Partecipazione". Associazione La Nostra Famiglia IRCCS E.Medea
Abstract: The lecture discusses the issue related to the assessment and selection of assistive solutions within individual rehabilitation programmes. It suggests a methodology that helps to schedule the assessment in the various stages of the programme in order to achieve a clinically valid and user-accepted choice, with a verifiable long-term outcome. As a matter of fact, assistive technology is too-often carried out too late, at the end of the programme or even later, withoug adequate time for trials, familiarization and training. The lecture illustrate some tools that prevent that risk, by carrying out preliminary assessments in earlier stages of the programmes and facilitate the definition of the objectives to be achieved. Finaly, the lecture suggests a self-administered quality assessment grid that helps understand how well the local assistive technology service delivery system works.
Year of publication: 2019
Type of document: Lectures
Last update: October 2019
Andrich R (a cura di)
Course “Assistive Technologies for independent living and participation”
Editorial data: Dispense Corso "Tecnologie per l'autonomia e la partecipazione delle Persone con Disabilità"
Abstract: This postgraguate Course provides a comprehensive knowledge on assistive technologies for persons with disabilities, related to all major areas of life such as independence at home, mobility, communication, relationships, participation in society, school and work. The educational programme includes both theoretical and hands-on laboratory sessions. The intended audience mainly includes rehabilitation (physicians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, prosthetists/orthotists, etc.), education and social professionals.
Year of publication: 2018
Type of document: Lectures
Last update: September 2019
Arpini A
Assistive technology for hearing impairments
Editorial data: Dispense Corso di Alta Formazione "Tecnologie per l'Autonomia". Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus
Abstract: (text automatically translated from Italian) The lesson provides the main basics of the different types of deafness, how they can be compensated by hearing aids and on environmental measures that can be taken to prevent disability resulting from hearing loss. Are addressed in detail the anatomical and physiological structures of the auditory from the periphery up to the nerve centers of the auditory cortex, but this is preceded by the development of characteristics relating to the sound source or the frequency, intensity, time domain and also propagation phenomena. Following the deepening of diagnostic tests for the newborn, adult and elder are and then the various therapies, detailed research into the auditory prosthetic therapy either by conventional technologies (analog and digital) and through cochlear implants (or cochlear implants) . The lesson concludes with a few words on the issues of noise pollution.
Year of publication: 2013
Type of document: Lectures
Last update: April 2013
Associazione Nazionale Subvedenti
Overviews of assistive technologies and services for persons with sight disability
Editorial data: Dispense Corso di Alta Formazione "Tecnologie per l'Autonomia". Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus
Abstract: (text automatically translated from Italian) The gradual or sudden reduction of visual function, which is not always possible in the context of everyday life to maintain the same habits and consequently the same quality of life, may be at least partially compensated by an appropriate assistive technology aids through dedicated and a specific rehabilitation customized. The lesson allows you to get close to a wide range of supports and services for the benefit of the visually impaired, visually impaired and blind, through a knowledge of the main categories of assistive technologies: optical aids for near and far, electronic tools; computer systems; educational software , to customize and dedicated; alternative reading (in large letters, reading machines, Braille displays and posters for reading the Braille tactile form); tiflotecnici aids for personal autonomy and other services that improve the study, the work and daily life.
Year of publication: 2016
Type of document: Lectures
Last update: April 2016
Canovi C
Assistive products for hearing impairments
Editorial data: Dispense Corso di Alta Formazione "Tecnologie per l'Autonomia". Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus
Abstract: The lecture gives a brief overview on the essential aspects that concern the treatment of the hearing impairment through hearing aids. After a brief introduction on the anatomic and physiological structure of the ear, the most common types of hearing aids are examined and classified in relationship with the degree of hearing impairment of the patient. The hearing aid professional’s fitting protocol, in all of its phases, is then analyzed : assessment questionnaires, choice, fitting and control of the device. The lecture ends with a brief digression on the role and the responsibility of the hearing aid professional with respect to his/her competences in relationship with physicians, with reference to the principal professional laws regulating the profession.
Year of publication: 2015
Type of document: Lectures
Last update: March 2015
Caracciolo A
Guidelines for individual assistive technology assessment
Editorial data: Dispense Corso di Alta Formazione "Tecnologie per l'Autonomia". Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus
Abstract: (text automatically translated from Italian) The lecture examines the various aspects of the intended evaluation work aids such as specialist service "focal", ie in which the user does not? taken over in a rehabilitation program, but consults during a single session to get an indication of the most assistive technologies? appropriate to their case. Using various case studies related to DAT Service (Home Automation, Products, Occupational Therapy) Don Gnocchi Foundation in Milan, the lecture examines the working methods, the modalities? communication with the user and mode? Reporting (drafting of Aids Evaluation Report).
Year of publication: 2018
Type of document: Lectures
Last update: April 2018
Caretta F
Strategies for active ageing
Editorial data: Dispense Corso di Alta Formazione "Ausili per l'Autonomia e la Partecipazione". Associazione La Nostra Famiglia IRCCS E.Medea
Abstract: First, the lecture discussed the ageing process, the most common disabling conditions associated to ageing, and the possible preventive measures in terms of lifestyles and environmental conditions. Second, the lecture describes examples of assistive technology solutions and environmental adaptations that can be implemented to better maintain independence or support sustainability of assistance. Finally, the lecture discusses some typical problems related to dementia and indicates possible solutions through improvement of the physical daily life environment
Year of publication: 2019
Type of document: Lectures
Last update: October 2019
Fogarolo F
Assistive technology within the context of inclusive education
Editorial data: Dispense Corso di Alta Formazione "Ausili per l'Autonomia e la Partecipazione". Associazione La Nostra Famiglia IRCCS E.Medea
Abstract: ..
Year of publication: 2019
Type of document: Lectures
Last update: September 2019
Occhi E
Rehabilitation clinic and assistive technology
Editorial data: Dispense Corso di Alta Formazione "Tecnologie per l'Autonomia". Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus
Abstract: (text automatically translated from Italian) The rehabilitation process is a bio-psycho-social aims at promoting disabled person in the best possible quality of life through a specific intervention directed on the same subject (rehabilitation medicine) and an intervention on the context, targeted killing of those physical and psychological barriers that may hinder market integration (environmental adaptations). Aids, "set of tools and tricks that allow you to do what otherwise would not be possible to do because of their own limitations, or to do so with less effort, more safely, faster and acceptable" constitute a means of rehabilitation, inserted at the right time and integrated with other therapeutic tools available (therapeutic exercise, drugs, surgery, functional, etc.). allows you to achieve autonomy would otherwise be impossible. After a general introduction about the relationship between rehabilitation and aids, and after a general overview on the different categories of aids, describes the process that, starting from a detailed assessment of the problems presented by the person with disabilities, leading to the identification, and then to prescription of 'aid, emphasizing the importance of education and to verify the use of the same short-term and long-term efficacy and utility.
Year of publication: 2013
Type of document: Lectures
Last update: April 2013
Pigini L
Assistive technology products and accessibility solutions for mobile devices
Editorial data: Dispense Corso di Alta Formazione "Ausili per l'Autonomia e la Partecipazione". Associazione La Nostra Famiglia IRCCS E.Medea
Abstract: (text automatically translated from Italian) The lesson presents the solutions available on the market to allow people with disabilities to use so-called "mobile devices" (ie smart phones and tablets). Are treated in particular the accessibility options and assistive solutions, both hardware and software for devices running iOS (iPhone, iPad, ...) and those based on Android operating system. The lesson also presents a broad overview of the software applications that allow you to use these devices as tools to improve the autonomy in activities of daily living.
Year of publication: 2019
Type of document: Lectures
Last update: September 2019
Pigini L
Examples of use of SIVA and EASTIN Portals in assessment and choice of Assistive Technologies.
Editorial data: Dispense Corso di Alta Formazione "Tecnologie per l'Autonomia". Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus
Abstract: The lecture illustrates the main funcionalities of SIVA and EASTIN Portals useful in the assessment and choice of Assitive Technologies. SIVA portal is presented in its parts with didactic examples through a path that takes the learners to be able to use it as a guide for AT assessment, prescription and supply. EASTIN Portal (European Assistive Technology Network www.eastin.eu) is introduced, european information network on Assistive Technologies, able to offer an overview on products present on european market. The Portal SIVA database of products let the user carry out searches through different modalities, depending on the information in possession and on contingent necessity. Siva Portal, besides to the database containing Assistive Technologies, Companies, Centers, makes available a wide archive of documents connected to the tipologies of products present on the database, such as deepening sheets, case studies and ideas, and others more general such as articles, lectures, monografic sheets, work tools, thesis, manuals or books. Further instruments useful for formation, information and exchange of knowledge between operators, familiars, caregivers are vademecum, glossary, news, tele-desk, webinars.
Year of publication: 2013
Type of document: Lectures
Last update: January 2016
Redazione Portale SIVA
Webinars of the SIVA Portal 2012
Editorial data: Portale SIVA Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi
Abstract: These 10 webinars scheduled for 2012 focus on the latest assistive devices, and are addressed mainly to rehabilitation professionals. The first part includes a summary of the new AT added within SIVA and EASTIN databases. Following to it, two presentations are delivered, by specialists coming from selected companies. The last minutes of the conference are devoted to participants' questions. The recordings of all the webinars are available at the following links.
Year of publication: 2012
Type of document: Lectures
Last update: May 2013
Redazione Portale SIVA
Webinars of the SIVA Portal 2013
Editorial data: Portale SIVA Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi
Abstract: These 10 webinars scheduled for 2012 focus on the latest assistive devices, and are addressed mainly to rehabilitation professionals. The first part includes a summary of the new AT added within SIVA and EASTIN databases. Following to it, two presentations are delivered, by specialists coming from selected companies. The last minutes of the conference are devoted to participants' questions. The recordings of all the webinars are available at the following links.
Year of publication: 2013
Type of document: Lectures
Last update: May 2013
Redazione Portale SIVA
Sebinars of the SIVA Portal 2004
Editorial data: Portale SIVA Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi
Abstract: These 8 webinars scheduled for 2004 focus on the latest assistive devices, and are addressed mainly to rehabilitation professionals. The recordings of all the webinars are available at the following links.
Year of publication: 2004
Type of document: Lectures
Last update: January 2014
Redazione Portale SIVA
Sebinars of the SIVA Portal 2005
Editorial data: Portale SIVA Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi
Abstract: These 7 webinars scheduled for 2004 focus on the latest assistive devices, and are addressed mainly to rehabilitation professionals. The recordings of all the webinars are available at the following links.
Year of publication: 2005
Type of document: Lectures
Last update: January 2014
Rivarola A
Introduction to Aumentative and Alternative Communication
Editorial data: Dispense Corso di Alta Formazione "Tecnologie per l'Autonomia". Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus
Abstract: Temporary or permanent absence of oral language hinders interpersonal exchanges and reduces chances of social participation. Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) helps overcome communication difficulties and facilitates social interaction, thus limiting marginalization of disabled persons. The clinical foundations of the AAC approach were laid in North America in the 70ies, initially in order to meet communication needs of people without oral language capabilities because of severe congenital or acquired neurological damages. The AAC approach embodies all strategies, techniques and technological tools that can be used by people with disabilities to communicate in everyday life. AAC provides not only the functional tools for communication: it also promotes and enhances the interaction and participation capabilities, as a fundamental prerequisites of communication. AAC interventions are therefore addressed not only to people with communication needs, but also to all their main communication partners.
Year of publication: 2017
Type of document: Lectures
Last update: March 2018
Salatino C
Fundamentals of e-accessibility
Editorial data: Dispense Corso di Alta Formazione "Tecnologie per l'Autonomia". Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus
Abstract: The lesson, after having introduced the concept of accessibility and ICT assistive devices, and having presented the main standards and regulations in this field, presents a broad overview of eAccessibility and Assistive Technology solutions, focusing in particular to motor impairment.
Year of publication: 2018
Type of document: Lectures
Last update: March 2018
Salatino C
Communication assistive technologies
Editorial data: Dispense Corso di Perfezionamento "Tecnologie per l'Autonomia". Università Cattolica e Fondazione Don Gnocchi
Abstract: (text automatically translated from Italian) Lesson in slides that describes to characteristics and modality of I use of the technical assistive devices to support of the persons with ***comunicative difficulties. They come described the symbolic communicators and alphabetical, with a short signal to I use it of the computer like instrument for the communication.
Year of publication: 2018
Type of document: Lectures
Last update: March 2018
Salatino C
Laboratory - PC accessibility
Editorial data: Dispense Corso di Alta Formazione "Tecnologie per l'Autonomia". Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus
Abstract: The lecture illustrates informatic access Assistive Devices and Softwares and their configurability. The concepts of interfaces, scansion, vocal sinthetizer, voice recognition are deepen. An overview is made of the Assistive Technologies and the facilitations they can introduce. The lecture goes through slight facilitations easily available to more complex assistive technologies useful when limitations are more severe. For PC input (text insetion and mouse pointer control) alternative keyboards and mouse emulator are available, when motor limitations are more severe scansion and sensore can be useful. Some examples of cases are then described.
Year of publication: 2015
Type of document: Lectures
Last update: March 2018
Salatino C
Laboratory - Configuration of communication AT
Editorial data: Dispense Corso di Alta Formazione "Tecnologie per l'Autonomia". Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus
Abstract: The lesson explores communication devices and software and their configurability. The concepts of modality of access and output of the communicators is deepened. The categories of hardware and software communicators illustrated and some examples of cases described.
Year of publication: 2018
Type of document: Lectures
Last update: March 2018
Salatino C
Assistive products for communication - insights into severe acquired brain injuries
Editorial data: Dispense Corso di Alta Formazione "Ausili per l'Autonomia e la Partecipazione". Associazione La Nostra Famiglia IRCCS E.Medea, Conegliano
Abstract: ...
Year of publication: 2019
Type of document: Lectures
Last update: September 2019
Von Prondzinski S
The environment in relation to visual disabilities
Editorial data: Dispense Corso di Alta Formazione "Ausili per l'Autonomia e la Partecipazione". Associazione La Nostra Famiglia IRCCS E.Medea
Abstract: Starting from the new model of disability provided by the ICF, the lecture analyzes relationships between health conditions and the life context of a person with vision problems. Particular attention is given to the functional aspects such as visual acuity, visual field and colors perception, in order to better understand the broad spectrum of issues related to low vision or not-practically-usable vision. Visual problems often reflect on orientation, mobility, personal autonomy and access to information. Through specific rehabilitation interventions it is possible to achieve a good level of autonomy thanks to the various specific assistive products for visually impaired and blind. The second part of the lecture is focused on the relationship between the person with low vision or blindness and the context of life. The various perceptive barriers are discussed, as well as the different facilitators who can change the performance of the person with disabilities in various social, cultural and professional contexts. This relationship between the person and the context is supported by a 'virtual walk' n different national and international contexts.
Year of publication: 2019
Type of document: Lectures
Last update: September 2019
Von Prondzinski S
Assistive products and environmental adaptations for hearing and perception impairment
Editorial data: Dispense Corso di Alta Formazione "Ausili per l'Autonomia e la Partecipazione". Associazione La Nostra Famiglia IRCCS E.Medea
Abstract: ...
Year of publication: 2019
Type of document: Lectures
Last update: September 2019
Zavaglia C
Assistive products for hearing impairment
Editorial data: Dispense Corso di Alta Formazione "Tecnologie per l'Autonomia". Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus
Abstract: The lesson provides an overview of the essential aspects regarding the compensation of? Hearing through hearing aids. After a? Introduction on the anatomical and physiological structure of? Ear, are examined and classified the main types of hearing aids according to the degree of hearing loss of the subject, continuing with? Analysis of application protocol of the technical hearing care professional in all its phases : history, selection, adaptation and control of the device.
Year of publication: 2016
Type of document: Lectures
Last update: April 2016
Andrich R
The assistive technology counselling: Organization and working methodology of assistive technology information centres
Editorial data: Milano: Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi, 1996
Abstract: This book deals with organisational and methodological issues involved in setting up Assistive Technology Information / Advice centres. The model presented – framed in the Italian context – is based on several years’ experience of the SIVA service (Assistive Technology Research and Information Centre) of the Don Gnocchi Foundation (a major non-profit provider of rehabilitation services in Italy, based in Milano). Assistive Technology Information / Advice services may be part of a local Rehabilitation Unit, or stand alone organisations providing consultancy. Their mission is providing either information / guidance or individual assessment for recommending assistive technology solutions case by case. The book offers a set of guidelines on how to carry out this activities.
Year of publication: 1996
Type of document: Manuals or books
Last update: April 2003
Andrich R
Assessing, recommending and prescribing assistive technology solutions
Editorial data: Quaderni della Fondazione Don Gnocchi n.8, Milano 2015
Abstract: This handbook is intended for rehabilitation professionals as well as for anybody working in the field of disability. It offers guidance to the world of assistive technology products, or in general to whatever technology makes available today for inproving autonomy and social participation of people with disabilities in society. The first part clarifies the role of assistive technology and other environmental facilitators (personal assistance, accessibility, etc ...) within a individualized rehabilitation, care or educational programme; it also discusses how to properly carry out the assessment of the person's needs so as to achieve effective and efficient assistive solutions. The path leading from the recognition of the need to the implementation of the solution is divided into four steps: assessment, decision, implementation and follow-up. The second part provides further details related to various categories of assistive products: orthotics and prosthetics, seating aids, mobility aids, assistive products to the home and daily life activities, environmental control and home automation, accessibility to information technology, augmentative communication, assistive products in the school and in the job context. The last part illustrates the main instruments needed by the professionals who carry out the assistive technology assessment work. The handbook features a rich iconography, maily based on original photos made with the cooperation of professionals and clients of the IRCCS Centre Fondazione Don Gnocchi in Milano, Italy.
Year of publication: 2015
Type of document: Manuals or books
Last update: April 2015
Andrich R, Alimandi L
Teleworking guidelines for workers with a disability
Editorial data: Milano: European Commission, 1995
Abstract: Teleworking is a fashionable word today. The issue is raising a lot of interest also in the world of disability: the possibility to work at a distance is felt as a new opportunity to access the labour market, by improving flexibility and reducing the need of travelling to a workplace. Experiences demonstrate that, when properly implemented, teleworking is an integrating opportunity for profitable employment. But this does not mean that teleworking is the magic solution to the problems of job integration of persons with disability. These Guidelines originate from the experience of the European TWIN Project. Their purpose is to clarify concepts, and briefly guide to properly planning teleworking operations that integrate disabled workers.
Year of publication: 1995
Type of document: Manuals or books
Last update: May 2003
Bringolf J
Helpful handbook for memory loss
Editorial data: Independent Living Centre New South Wales
Abstract: When our memory is working well, we don’t realise how much we use it for everything we do. We use it to recall things, organise ourselves and keep track of events. Only when we have memory problems do we realise how much we use it – without thinking. If you have early stage dementia or concerns about your memory, this is the time to think about the future. With careful planning and by changing habits now, you can look after yourself and carry on your regular activities well into the future. There are many publications that tell you about the effects of memory loss and dementia. This handbook is intended as a handy reference about products, devices, tips and hints.
Year of publication: 2007
Type of document: Manuals or books
Last update: May 2015
Eustat Consortium
Assistive technology education for end-users: guidelines for trainers
Editorial data: Milano: European Commission, 1999
Abstract: This book - also known as the EUSTAT Guidelines - is intended for people who organise and carry out educational programmes for end-users of Assistive Technology (AT). These may be user organisations, self-help groups, rehabilitation or social services, mixed user and professional organisations, or AT providers. The book helps reflect about establishing priorities, focusing goals, and clarifying the role of AT in the users’ empowerment process. It also offers methods and tools for designing and implementing educational initiatives. This book is divided into six chapters. Chapter One (Guidelines in brief) clarifies the objectives of this book and the intended readership. It also offers a general overview of the concepts explored in the other chapters, so it can be used as a checklist for organisers of educational initiatives. Chapter Two (Basic concepts) clarifies some basic terms related to disability and AT that educators should know before undertaking any educational initiative. Chapter Three (Setting objectives and adopting methods) helps organisers of educational programmes to set objectives, label them according to a consistent terminology, and take decisions about priorities and critical factors. Chapter Four (Organising educational initiatives) addresses the organisation of educational initiatives, including the design process, the selection of topics to cover, pedagogical methods and styles, and practicalities. Chapter Five (Gearing to the audience) discusses factors to consider so as to meet the learning pace of trainees and ensure that the knowledge delivered will be useful in their daily life context. Chapter Six (Case studies) offers three case studies that may be useful as concrete examples of educational activities for end-users. These are based on experiences carried out by three EUSTAT partners in Belgium, France and Italy in 1998.
Year of publication: 1999
Type of document: Manuals or books
Last update: June 2008
Eustat Consortium
Go for it: a user manual on Assistive Technology
Editorial data: Milano: European Commission, 1999
Abstract: This book is a basic educational package to be used directly by end-users of Assistive Technology or as a textbook for educational initiatives. It is written in plain, easy-to-understand language. It is divided into eight chapters that progressively lead the reader from a basic understanding of Assistive Technology (AT), how to choose it and how to seek advice to a deeper insight into the implications of AT at both individual and social level. In this way, the manual is helpful to novice and expert users alike. It can also assist readers in their personal growth towards more in-depth knowledge, which can be used not only for improving personal autonomy, but also for helping others by acting as peer counsellors. After some introductory considerations, three chapters (Be prepared for the process of getting AT; Choosing and getting AT; and The service delivery system) offer methods for analysing one's own daily life activities in order to identify areas where AT can be useful; they also highlight aspects the user should be aware of when seeking external advice or accessing a public service delivery system. Concrete examples are offered by the chapter People and AT: some stories of success, that illustrate how AT could solve problems in real life for five persons with disabilities. A comprehensive description follows (chapter Knowing AT) of existing AT products and services, together with many practical examples and pictures. Chapter Information resources and personal advice on AT describes information tools, information sites, and other possible sources of advice that can be sought when choosing AT. In the chapter For you who want to know more the focus shifts from an individual perspective to a social one, so as to understand the impact of AT on society, to communicate better with professionals and other stakeholders, and to be ready to keep pace with future developments. The final chapter (The next challenge: from user to peer counsellor) offers ideas, methods and tips for those expert users who wish to make their experience available to novice users.
Year of publication: 1999
Type of document: Manuals or books
Last update: June 2008
Impact Consortium
Increasing the impact of Assistive Technology - Introductory Module
Editorial data: Eindhoven: European Commission
Abstract: This manual provides an overview of what assistive technology (AT) is, its role and its implication for both the individual user and society. It helps the reader 1) know enough about ageing and disability to appreciate the importance of AT, 2) know the main forms of AT and appreciate the wide range of products, devices and applications, 3) recognise that the current situation regarding availability and take-up of AT for those who need it is often very unsatisfactory, 4) understand the crucial role and responsibility of all branches of the health and social services, and all of their respective caring personnel, in remedying this situation and 5) know the main elements of the role of ATI (assistive technology intermediary) that many health care professionals can and should play. This manual is the introductory module of the IMPACT courseware – a resource learning set to enable students and practitioners within social and health care to be aware of the role they can play in ensuring that older and disabled people have access to assistive technology that can improve their quality of life.
Year of publication: 1999
Type of document: Manuals or books
Last update: May 2013
Andrich R
The Siva Cost Analysis Instrument (SCAI): Worksheet in Italian and English language
Editorial data: Milano: Fondazione Don Gnocchi
Abstract: The SCAI (SIVA Cost Analysis Instrument), freely downloadable in both PDF (paper forms) and and XLS (computer spreadsheet) format, in Italian and English language, helps estimate the social cost of the environmental facilitators (assistive technology products, personal assistance, environmental adaptations) involved in individualised programmes supporting independence and quality of life of people with disabilities.
Year of publication: 2012
Type of document: Tools
Last update: April 2013
Andrich R
SIVA Template for the individual Assistive Technology Intervention Report
Editorial data: Portale SIVA Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi
Abstract: Individual assessment for assistive technology requires a detailed analysis of the user's needs, the ability to guide the user to establish priorities and define objectives, and the ability to formulate recommendations for the most appropriate solutions. In good practice, the outcome of an individual assessment should be writted down in a good assessment report that synthesises all the carried-out analyses and trials, describes the recommended solutions and enclosed all needed documentary evidence. The enclosed template - which is freely downloadable and can be used by anybody interested - is the result of many years of research and experimental trials witin the Current Research programme of the Fondazione Don Gnocchi Clinical Research Institute (under the Biomedical Research Programme of the Italian Ministry of Health). It can track the whole assistive technology service delivery process from the initial assessment (assistive technology recommandation) to the verification of the assistive solutions provided and the subsequent follow-up. TECHNICAL NOTES : the file is a fillable PDF; it was developed by means of a specialized software (Adobe LiveCycle Designer) but can be opened and filled-in by means of any free PDF reader (such as Acrobat Reader DC). Depending on your Internet browser and your Acrobat Reader version, you may experience difficulties in opening the form on-line (a typical message is "To view the full contents of this document, you need a later version of the PDF viewer". In this case you may wish to download the form onto your computer (right click > save this link with a name) and open it locally, or upgrade your Acrobat Reader to the latest version available on www.adobe.com. The filled-in data can be also exported into XML for later filing and statistical processing (to do this, some basic programming skills are needed).
Year of publication: 2018
Type of document: Tools
Last update: September 2019
Batavia A, Hammer G
The Batavia and Hammer instrument for functional assessment of assistive technology products
Editorial data: Portale SIVA Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus
Abstract: (text automatically translated from Italian) This checklist, compiled in 1990 by the American researchers A.Batavia G.Hammer and interviewing a large sample of people users of assistive technology includes seventeen useful criteria for the comparative evaluation between different products belonging to the same type. The criteria are: affordability, technical compatibility, self-repairability, reliability, durability, ease of assembly, maintenance facilitrà, effectiveness, flexibility, ease of learning, maneuverability, personal acceptability, comfort, safety, portability, durability axes, technical assistance. For each criterion, the checklist suggests to assign a rating to each aid (eg, "low", "medium", "high") and a priority, in order to build a comparative judgment overall.
Year of publication: 1996
Type of document: Tools
Last update: April 2013
Day H, Jutay J (traduz. Pedroni F, Andrich R)
The PIADS Instrument (Psychosocial Impact of Assistive Devices Scale) – Italian vesrsion
Editorial data: Dispense Corso di Alta Formazione "Tecnologie per l'Autonomia". Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus
Abstract: Italian translation of the PIADS instrument and user manual. This instrument is ment to estimate the psychosocial impact of assistive technology on user life taking into account of three main aspects: the ability of the user, its adaptability, that is the predisposition to make new experiences, and the self esteem (i.e. self confidence and self assurance).
Year of publication: 2012
Type of document: Tools
Last update: April 2013
Demers L, Weiss-Lambrou R, Ska B (traduz. Fucelli P, Andrich R)
The QUEST Instrument (Quebec User Evaluation of Satisfaction with Assistive Technology) – Italian version
Editorial data: Dispense Corso di Alta Formazione "Tecnologie per l'Autonomia". Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus
Abstract: The QUEST instrument is a self-administered questionnaire - initially developend in Canada and now used in several Countries - assessing the user satisfaction with and assistive technology product and associated services.
Year of publication: 2003
Type of document: Tools
Last update: April 2013
EATS Consortium
The EATS Instrument Kit (Efficiency of Assistive Technology and Services)
Editorial data: CMT Department of Health and Society, Linkoping University, Sweden
Abstract: The EATS Instruments Kit is a battery of instruments for rating the benefits the user/patient obtains from rehabilitation measures, particularly from the adoption of an assistive device. It was developed between 1997 and 1999 within the EU-funded project EATS (Efficiency of Assistive Technology and Services) by a Consortium of five Institution from Sweden, Norway,Italy and The Netherlands. The instruments included in the battery are generic and make comparisons possible between different measures, and between different groups of disabilities. The EATS Kit consists of two instruments: the IPPA (Individually Prioritised Problems Analysis), which is intended to measure how well the measures have succeeded in decreasing the problems encountered in daily life by a person with disabilities; and the PIRS (Problems Impact Rating Scale), which is a visual analogue scale (VAS) intended to measure how the user’s problems affect everyday life. In addition, the kit includes a five-dimensions version of the EuroQol, (EQ-5D), a standardised generic life quality instrument that has been supplemented with two additional questions.
Year of publication: 2002
Type of document: Tools
Last update: March 2014
Eustat Consortium
The EUSTAT instrument for analysing the user's needs
Editorial data: Dispense Corso di Alta Formazione "Tecnologie per l'Autonomia". Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus
Abstract: (text automatically translated from Italian) The European study EUSTAT (Empowering Users Through Assistive Technology), as well as to develop a set of training materials for the education of persons with disabilities to independence through the use of assistive devices, has developed an analysis tool that helps the need user and operator, through the compilation of a couple of cards, to identify more precisely the needs of the user in order to formulate targets for intervention. The first tab (analysis of problem assets) proposes a list of 22 typical activities of daily living (that the user can freely complete adding any other activity) and asked to describe in one sentence - only for those activities that have some difficulty - in what is exactly the problem. The second tab, then be completed for each of those activities that had been identified as problematic in the first tab, asks to further deepen the description of the problem, eg by stating the place, time and circumstances, what do you expect for the future , and if you already have some idea about how to solve it.
Year of publication: 2013
Type of document: Tools
Last update: May 2013
Juergen Baumgartner, Naomi Frei, Mascha Kleinke, Juergen Sauer, Andreas Sonderegger
Pictorial System Usability Scale (P-SUS) - Developing an Instrument for Measuring Perceived Usability
Editorial data: Università di Friburgo - Dipartimento di Psicologia
Abstract: Pictorial multi-item scale, called P-SUS (Pictorial System Usability Scale), which aims to measure the perceived usability of mobile devices. The scale is based on the established verbal usability questionnaire SUS (System Usability Scale). A user-centred design process was employed to develop and refine its 10 pictorial items. The scale was tested in a first validation study (N=60) using student participants. Psychometric properties (convergent validity, criterion-related validity, sensitivity, and reliability), as well as the motivation to fill in the scale were assessed. The results indicated satisfactory convergent validity for about two-thirds of the items. Furthermore, strong correlations were obtained for the sum scores between verbal and pictorial SUS, and the pictorial scale was perceived as more motivating than the verbal questionnaire. The P-SUS represents a first attempt to provide a pictorial usability scale for the evaluation of (mobile) devices.
Year of publication: 2019
Type of document: Tools
Last update: October 2023
Ministero della Salute
List of Assistive Products eligible for provision by the Italian National Health Service (DPCM 12/01/2017)
Editorial data: Gazzetta Ufficiale 18/03/2017
Abstract: The "Nomenclatore Tariffario" is the list of the assistive product categories that are eligible for provision by the Italian National Health Service, upon medical prescription. It is not a stand-alone document: it is part of a Governmental Decree (DPCM 12/01/2017) which establishes the basic levels of care (LEA) due to any citizen. The enclosed downloadable file collects all sections of the Decree related to prosthetic assistance. The first part (excerpt from Official Gazette 18/3/2017) reports the articles concerning the supply of single-use medical devices (article 10/11/12) and the provision of assistive products (Article 17/18/19). The following sections report Annex 2 of the DPCM (List of single-use devices), Directory 1 of Annex 5 (List of custom-made assistive Products), Directory 2a of Annex 5 (List of off-the-shelf assistive products that need to be fitted by qualified technicians), Directory 2b of Annex 5 (List of off-the-shelf assistive products that are ready for use), Annex 11 (Provision procedures for single-use medical devices) and Annex 12 (Provision procedures for assistive products).
Year of publication: 2017
Type of document: Tools
Last update: September 2022
Pigini L, Zava F, Iannettone M, Villa A, Andrich R
APProvando-How to avoid getting lost in the complicated world of the APP
Editorial data: Portale SIVA Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi
Abstract: -
Year of publication: 2015
Type of document: Tools
Last update: November 2015
Redazione Portale SIVA
Regulation for the access to the structures of the Don Gnocchi Foundation of companies selling assistive technology devices
Editorial data: Portale SIVA Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi
Abstract: Purpose of the regulation is to appropriately regulate the access of the companies selling assistive technology devices (ATD) to the structures of the Don Gnocchi Foundation (FDG). Concerns both companies users in care at the FDG's facilities freely choose as their own suppliers, and companies occasionally invited by FDG professionals to collaborate in identifying the most appropriate AT sol ution, bringing in view aids and offering free advice of their technicians without committing the user or FDG to the purchase. The instruction applies to all the Don Gnocchi Foundation centers, in the services involved in providing user aids, defining responsibilities and roles in order to prevent possible disputes.
Year of publication: 2018
Type of document: Tools
Last update: September 2022
Wessels R,Persson J,Lorentsen O,Andrich R,Ferrario M,Oortwijn W,VanBeekum T, Brodin H, de Witte L
IPPA (Individual Prioritised Problems Assessment) instrument - Italian version
Editorial data: Dispense Corso di Alta Formazione "Tecnologie per l'Autonomia". Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus
Abstract: (text automatically translated from Italian) IPPA is an instrument of measure of the effectiveness of the assistive devices, in the sense that allows to estimate in that degree the assistive device has allowed to catch up determines established objectives to you previously to the supply of the same one. The handbook illustrates the modalities of uses of the instrument.
Year of publication: 2012
Type of document: Tools
Last update: May 2013
Avi U H
L’importanza dell’ausilio nella vita sociale di una persona: analisi con gli strumenti QUEST e PIADS
Editorial data: Tesi Corso di Perfezionamento "Tecnologie per l'Autonomia". Università Cattolica Milano e Fondazione Don Gnocchi, a.a. 2003-2004
Abstract: (text automatically translated from Italian) The introduction of two instruments of measurement of outcome (the QUEST – ***Quebec User Evaluation of Satisfaction with Assistive Technologies – and the PIADS – ***Psychosocial Assistive ***Impact of ***Devices is proposed Stairs) in an Assistive technology assessment center, situated in the Province Upper Adige and managed ***dalla the social cooperative ***independent L. After little more than an activity year the team sees the necessity to introduce in just the process of assessment on the technological and computer based assistive devices an instrument that gives the just weight to the opinion of the own customers, and that consequently it will carry to an improvement of the activity of the center. The work pursues therefore the scope in the first place translate the instruments also in the German language, in order to guarantee an administration to the entire user bilinguist of the cooperative, to then insert the instruments in the processes of the assessment activity and a precise moment in which the questionnaires subordinates to the user come. At last the two instruments will come proposals to the already existing customers of year 2003 and the work will expose the obtained result.
Year of publication: 2004
Type of document: Thesis
Last update: December 2004
Beltrami L
Nataly: a better quality of life, in spite of everything
Editorial data: Tesi Corso di Perfezionamento "Tecnologie per l'Autonomia". Università Cattolica Milano e Fondazione Don Gnocchi, a.a. 2001-2002
Abstract: (text automatically translated from Italian) In 1997 to Nataly, to the age 57 years old, Amyothrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS comes diagnosed one); the disease chases, to year-end Nataly is already not more in a position to communicating orally and in 1998 it more does not succeed to walk. Nataly is widow, the daughters is found ***catapultate in a truth much difficult one without warning to manage and they do not receive ***dalle the institutions that aid, those indications, those advices useful in order to face the situation. They come acquired a bed, a mattress, an antidecubitus sheepskin, a wheelchair, a reducer for WC… they come prescribed and authorized an hoist electrical worker (than the patient it does not have never intentional to use because it is felt “to suffocate”) and a stairclimber for being able to catch up the garden ***dall' the alive apartment where Nataly to the Association of Bologna. In May 2001 one of the daughters is addressed to our service for knowing if assistive devices exist in order to communicate (.***.ha felt something for television.) and from it begins a path that will at domicile carry to a rehabilitation program physiokinesitherapic and to the prescription and supply of assistive devices here (a communicator, one suitable wheelchair for Nataly, one turning chair for bathtub). And for Nataly it improves the quality of life. in spite of everything.
Year of publication: 2002
Type of document: Thesis
Last update: May 2003
Borghi F
Studio e valutazione dei criteri di progettazione di un telefono viva-voce ad accesso facilitato. Helpiphone
Editorial data: Tesi Corso di Perfezionamento "Tecnologie per l'Autonomia". Università Cattolica Milano e Fondazione Don Gnocchi, a.a. 2004-2005
Abstract: (text automatically translated from Italian) The communication is one of the more important necessity for a human being. In situations of accompanied serious motor disabilities but from integral cognitive abilities and of oral expression, one of the main requirements of these persons is that one to communicate orally being used one of the simpler and diffuse instruments the world, the telephone. To telephone can be absolutely easy also in problematic serious conditions of motor if it is supports to you from an assistant; the problem becomes important objective when a customer in such conditions wants to telephone in independence. This work wants to follow and to evidence all makes that they have become necessary in order to arrive to the production of a telephone “alive-voice” “to simplified access”; ***dalle the relative searches to the state of the art before the planning until the definition of the functional characteristics technical/that the telephone must have in order to answer to the requirements of the greater possible number of problematic users with relative to the motor abilities. In the conclusive part of the work the criteria of planning are wanted to be evidenced used in order to arrive to this assistive device. Through the ***Userfit instrument – a handbook that it offers of the lines guides who is taken care of the planning and of the assesment of the assistive devices regarding the needs of the customers – the validity of the procedure of planning of the telephone is wanted at last to be verified object of this work.
Year of publication: 2005
Type of document: Thesis
Last update: December 2005
Ciot C
Quando si può fare di più che parlare con gli occhi: a piccoli passi verso l’autonomia. Il caso di Pietro
Editorial data: Tesi Corso di Perfezionamento "Tecnologie per l'Autonomia". Università Cattolica Milano e Fondazione Don Gnocchi, a.a. 2003-2004
Abstract: (text automatically translated from Italian) Pietro has six years and means and a diagnosis of dystonic and ***anartria tetraparesis, a functionality reduced to the upper limbs and succeed to articulating only some words, tu demonstrate good ability to understanding. The who drew up present reconstructs the route towards the which paced independence ***dal the child, with to its relatives and the operating ones of the rehabilitation center that has it in load. A experience marked initially ***dalla the fatigue to separate ***dalla the mother who expressed with refusing every not familiar person and environment. Then, slowly, the emotional instability has been reduced, Pietro has begun to perceive itself like able making, has known the gratification that derives some, its interests is widens to you. From it has taken to start the finalized project here to define modality and to characterize assistive devices that allowed Pietro to interact with the surrounding environment and to participate actively to the didactic activity. Once verified that, also compromise, the skillful upper limb was the more functional body segment, to Pietro it has been prescribed ortheses in order to maintain to the alignment of the wrist and the finger index. In this way it, than already was in a position to managing a device to automatic scansion, can use a communicator with output in adjustable voice by means of the direct selection of the keys. Moreover for the realization of didactic unit personalized has been characterized multimedia “an open” software. At last it has been proposed a postural wheelchair that, between the other things, will allow it to carry with himself the communicator let alone to carry out the activity to the computer avoiding wearying movements ***dal the pram to the chair as it happened previously.
Year of publication: 2004
Type of document: Thesis
Last update: December 2004
Di Benedetto MR
Le sue mille possibilità nonostante tutto: il caso di Francesco
Editorial data: Tesi Corso di Perfezionamento "Tecnologie per l'Autonomia". Università Cattolica Milano e Fondazione Don Gnocchi, a.a. 2003-2004
Abstract: (text automatically translated from Italian) Francesco is a boy of sixteen years with outcomes of Infantile Cerebral Paralysis and remarkable visual problems, situation that has influenced in decisive way in the development of its cognitive abilities. He is equipped with remarkable wants of living and to get in contact with with the others. Continuation ***dalla writing in ***fisioterapico treatment ***dall' the age of three years has caught up one currently discreet ***deambulatoria independence. In this period it is inserted in one before advanced and it attends a socio-educational center. The project exposed in the thesis, aiming to the conquest of a greater independence, previews the use of assistive devices actions to ***rendergli the more satisfactory life in three fields: 1) external mobility through the location of a manageable wheelchair for he and the relatives or the operating ones who turn around to he. It has been chosen the wheelchair to rear driven. 2) Independence in the treatment of the own linked person in particular at the moment of the bath: the seat for bathtub is proposed. 3) computer based Accessibilities and possibility of writing through the location of opportune adaptations for computer and specific programs. They have been chosen: expanded special keyboard, emulator of keyboard, software for decode information video, software for magnified visualization, software for learning of the mathematical one, software for learning of the monetary value, software for the exercise of ***abilita' perceptive, software in order to design, software for processing of texts. Completed a detailed analysis of the numerous offered proposals, having every remarkable advantages in a sense or the other, have been operated one chosen ***oculata also in sight of the economic implication. As far as the first point, the wheelchair already has been granted. On more soon the procedure will set off because the other chosen assistive devices and proposals for the others can be supplied also two points.
Year of publication: 2004
Type of document: Thesis
Last update: December 2004
Di Paolo C
The great revenge after a hard defeat: Gianna
Editorial data: Tesi Corso di Perfezionamento "Tecnologie per l'Autonomia". Università Cattolica e Fondazione Don Gnocchi, a.a. 2010-2011
Year of publication: 2012
Type of document: Thesis
Last update: March 2012
Gasperini M.
Eye pointers: evaluation of the prescriptive path, and of the outcome in neurological patients
Editorial data: Tesi Corso di Perfezionamento "Tecnologie per l'Autonomia". Università Cattolica e Fondazione Don Gnocchi, a.a. 2009-2010
Year of publication: 2011
Type of document: Thesis
Last update: December 2011
Giorgetti L.
Giving light again in a world getting dark: Elisabetta
Editorial data: Tesi Corso di Perfezionamento "Tecnologie per l'Autonomia". Università Cattolica e Fondazione Don Gnocchi, a.a. 2010-2011
Year of publication: 2011
Type of document: Thesis
Last update: December 2011
Lando M.
Aids for computer accessibility
Editorial data: Tesi Corso di Perfezionamento "Tecnologie per l'Autonomia". Università Cattolica e Fondazione Don Gnocchi, a.a. 2010-2011
Year of publication: 2011
Type of document: Thesis
Last update: December 2011
Leonzio M
Augmentative and alternative communication in autism
Editorial data: Tesi Corso di Perfezionamento "Tecnologie per l'Autonomia". Università Cattolica Milano e Fondazione Don Gnocchi, a.a. 2011-2012
Abstract: Autism is characterized by impaired communication: appropriate AAC interventions, based on visual and technological aids, can strongly improve functional abilities and social interaction.
Year of publication: 2012
Type of document: Thesis
Last update: December 2012
Luise S.
Home environment in case of hearing impairment
Editorial data: Tesi Corso di Perfezionamento "Tecnologie per l'Autonomia". Università Cattolica e Fondazione Don Gnocchi, a.a. 2008-2009
Year of publication: 2011
Type of document: Thesis
Last update: December 2011
Martinelli M
C’è futuro nella vita di Paola
Editorial data: Tesi Corso di Perfezionamento "Tecnologie per l'Autonomia". Università Cattolica Milano e Fondazione Don Gnocchi, a.a. 1999-2000
Abstract: (text automatically translated from Italian) A street incident has changed definitively the life of ***Paola. The head injury has provoked one hemiparesis right and a moderated cognitive deficit. The oral expression is limited to little words. Familiar desire of an effective communication with and friends has been the reason that has carried to estimate uses it of a personal computer. Moreover the difficulties in the familiar management of the customer have carried to modify the bath, with an adapted plate-shower, and to propose I use it of one balancing wheelchair from transport.
Year of publication: 2000
Type of document: Thesis
Last update: May 2003
Monfredini M.
Work from a different perspective: Orazio
Editorial data: Tesi Corso di Perfezionamento "Tecnologie per l'Autonomia". Università Cattolica e Fondazione Don Gnocchi, a.a. 2010-2011
Year of publication: 2011
Type of document: Thesis
Last update: December 2011
Palestino A.
The alternative augmentative communication in childhood
Editorial data: Tesi Corso di Perfezionamento "Tecnologie per l'Autonomia". Università Cattolica e Fondazione Don Gnocchi, a.a. 2010-2011
Year of publication: 2011
Type of document: Thesis
Last update: December 2011
Pieri M
Technologies for inclusion of students with visual impairment
Editorial data: Tesi Corso di Perfezionamento "Tecnologie per l'Autonomia". Università Cattolica Milano e Fondazione Don Gnocchi, a.a. 2011-2012
Abstract: ICT Assistive Technologies are essential to improve school inclusion of students with visual impairment. Nevertheless, technologies can be effective only if teachers are appropriately trained and informed.
Year of publication: 2012
Type of document: Thesis
Last update: December 2012
Porcella B
In un batter d’occhio...quando per parlare basta una palpebra. Il caso di Gabriele
Editorial data: Tesi Corso di Perfezionamento "Tecnologie per l'Autonomia". Università Cattolica Milano e Fondazione Don Gnocchi, a.a. 2003-2004
Abstract: (text automatically translated from Italian) Looking towards the? Top to communicate assent, closed semi eyelids to express a no, shiny and sharp mind trapped in a body that does not respond to his commands, a card table with 21 yellow and green letters and Gabriel becomes ? marksman of? alphabet ?. A stroke l? Hit relegating him in? Immobility? and in a stubborn silence from which want to get out to repossess least the possibility to meet the basic need for the? human being to communicate, interact with the world, to express feelings, ideas, thoughts and anger. Pu? do so only with his eyes, the only part of the body, passing all? mutiny after injury. Eventually l? Oxymoron, paradoxically created by a syndrome that has stolen the name to the classical metric but which has the effect of silence, is defeated by the force of will ?, the great motivation of Gabriel and from? Ingenuity of those who believe in new technologies computer. L? Drafted presents the results of the trial? performed on Gabriel? a new sensor for personal computers to be used with the movement of the eyelid.
Year of publication: 2004
Type of document: Thesis
Last update: May 2016
Tonussi E
Questo mio piede sinistro: il caso di Clemy
Editorial data: Tesi Corso di Perfezionamento "Tecnologie per l'Autonomia". Università Cattolica Milano e Fondazione Don Gnocchi, a.a. 2003-2004
Abstract: (text automatically translated from Italian) Clemy is a woman 52 years old slices from spastic-dystonic tetraparesis in outcomes of suffering ***perinata them. For the motor panel that introduces, it is completely employee in the activities of treatment of himself, in the transfers, the movements, feeding themselves. Since small Clemy has always searched independence: in the movements, the choices, tu above all in the communication with the others. They give approximately two years, later on to an unexpected worsening of the motor panel, Clemy is not more in a position to managing the electronic wheelchair, ago fatigue to use the PC (with which it interacts with aims them in metal applied to the left foot, one normal keyboard with shield, simplified access of Windows), introduces difficulty in the maintenance of the posture seated with consequent diffuse pain. Clemy would want moreover to be able to call aid in every moment in need case, and to ulteriorly facilitate the mother who assists it in the transfers and the management of the bath. Its demand, clear and aimed, arrives to Our Service through a letter written up from same she, than, as a result of assesment of the case with hospital admission in Our Structure, orients to us to consider an participation in following ambles to you: posture and mobility, treatment of the own person, computer based accessibility and writing, personal emergency.
Year of publication: 2004
Type of document: Thesis
Last update: December 2004
Vannini R
Una nuova vita a vent’anni: va tutto bene!!! Il caso di Nicoletta
Editorial data: Tesi Corso di Perfezionamento "Tecnologie per l'Autonomia". Università Cattolica Milano e Fondazione Don Gnocchi, a.a. 2000-2002
Abstract: (text automatically translated from Italian) Nicoletta is 19 years old, from six months ago the ***assicuratrice, lives in family, she is fiancèe from three years and it has a life activates and flood of friends and interests. The 03/10/01, as a result of a street incident, becomes ***tetraplegica and later on the lower limbs come to them amputate both to you. He reaches in our center of rehabilitation after five months of resuscitation. The rehabilitative participation has like objectives the stabilization of the clinical conditions, the resumption of the position seated, the search of the greater possible independence and social integration through: 1) supply of a manual wheelchair with posture system and adaptations necessary in order to allow the ***autospinta; 2) ***tutorizzazione for the upper limbs in order to correct the retraction in bending of the elbows and the attitude in ***dorsiflessione of the wrists; 3) ***protesizzazione for the lower limbs; 4) search of strategies in order to allow the activities of the daily life (***a.d.l.); 5) search of strategies in order to allow the use of the computer and the writing; 6) adaptation of the room; 7) search of strategies for the control of the sphincters.
Year of publication: 2002
Type of document: Thesis
Last update: May 2003
CENTROAUSILI Associazione la nostra famiglia Eugenio Medea
Centro @ usili - List of aids for computer accessibility, communication and learning with relative technical description in periodic update.
Editorial data: Associazione la nostra famiglia Eugenio Medea
Abstract: Products and services that can act as aids. The list of resources is periodically updated; we ask visitors to indicate any new reports or errors and malfunctions. It is possible to send an e-mail to CENTROAUSILI@BP.LNF.IT
Year of publication: 2019
Type of document: Web Sites
Last update: February 2021
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ABLEDATA
Editorial data: US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)
Abstract: Online database of assistive tecnology products available on the north-american market
Year of publication: 2017
Type of document: Web Sites
Last update: August 2017
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