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State of the Science Conference
September 15-16, 2005

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  3. Problem
  4. Background
  5. Methods
  6. Why a Comprehensive Assessment?
  7. Systematic, organized, & structured
  8. Analytic decision making
  9. Baseline for evaluation of solutions
  10. Remote Workplace Assessments Activities to Date
  11. Remote Workplace Assessments Activities to Date

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Remote Workplace Assessments

Carrie Bruce, MA, CCC-SLP, ATP and Jon Sanford, M.Arch.
From the Work RERC at CATEA, Georgia Tech

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Remote Workplace Assessments

Develop and evaluate a comprehensive remote assessment method for workplace accommodations.

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  • Workplace accommodation is an effective strategy to enable people with disabilities work, yet implementation on a broad basis has not yet occurred.
  • Lack of rehab professionals in rural areas to perform assessments.
  • Graphic on slide depicting a map of the United States and the population densities, demonstrating the areas considered to be "rural".

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  • Teleconferencing technology has great potential for providing interactive, cost-effective assessment of people with disabilities in their place of work.
  • Documented studies demonstrating the effectiveness of a variety of telecommunications technologies for monitoring physical condition and physiological status, and for diagnostics.
  • Despite its enormous potential to provide workplace assessments, the use of teleconferencing technology as a cost-effective means to deliver these specific services has not been investigated.

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    Why a Comprehensive Assessment?

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    Systematic, organized, & structured

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    Analytic decision making

  • Promotes objective analysis of data rather than application of data.
  • Enables practitioner to base accommodation decisions on evidence obtained through objective, systematic procedures rather than solely on assumptions, prejudices, or personal experience.

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    Baseline for evaluation of solutions

  • Baseline against which accommodation solutions are evaluated after implementation to determine how well they meet defined needs.
  • Supports outcomes measures and evidence-based practice.

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    Remote Workplace Assessments Activities to Date

  • Acquired ~50 tools currently being used to perform AT evaluations or assess the workplace.
  • Sent requests through listservs, organizations, companies and professionals, reaching over 6000 people.
  • Searched for journal articles through EBSCOhost, ProQuest, PubMed, Georgia Tech E-Journals, physical library at CATEA.
  • Google search terms: AT, employment, evaluation, assessment, work, accommodation, adaptation.
  • Preliminary analysis of tools
    1. Who developed: commercial, organization developed, and personal tools
    2. Purpose: AT, functional capacity, job analysis, ADA
    3. Settings: school, work, community, home, and non-specific work settings

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    Remote Workplace Assessments Activities to Date

    Primary Analysis of Tools

    1. Identified a representative sample of tools across each of the major settings
    2. Deconstructed tools and developed a framework to categorize information according to type and purpose
    3. Adapted framework and developed a model that represents the assessment process based on measures

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