The work of an assistive technology professional is to help clients with disabilities in selecting and using assistive technology devices.
An assistive technology service specialist assesses the client’s specific requirement before recommending appropriate equipment. Their responsibilities include assisting clients in obtaining assistive technology and then instructing on how to use the technology.
These specialists work with who have cognitive, physical and sensory impairments.
How to become an Assistive Technology Professional
Professional certification and a bachelor’s degree are requirements for becoming an assistive technology specialist. With the correct expertise and educational background, it may be possible to acquire certification without taking any training classes.
Certification ensures the applicant’s qualifications and expertise meet a minimum standard. The qualifications obtained through this program ensures that practitioners have appropriate skills.
Professionals who have achieved competence in assistive technology are recognized by RESNA’s ATP Certification.
To obtain ATP certification, the applicant must haves completed three years in the field as well as passing a comprehensive exam. Professional status is maintained with ongoing education and appropriate fieldwork.
Many employers now demand ATP certification. Certification is recognized in all US states but does need to be kept current through professional development and regular training.
There are five main criteria to be evaluated when seeking professional qualification:
- Assessment of Need
A participant must be able to evaluate the client and understand their needs. This includes reviewing relevant documentation, planing the assessment and a consideration of environmental factors. They also may be required to collaborate with team members to ensure the technology is appropriate for the client.
- Development of Intervention Strategy
Identifying items required to achieve the objectives, performing trials and setting quantifiable objectives.
- Implementation of Strategies
Reviewing and placing orders, as well as teaching the client and others (such as family, caregivers, and educators) on device setup and use, are all part of this process.
- Evaluation of Intervention
Individuals should be prepared to identify the outcomes and begin the recovery process, if required.
- Professional Conduct
The questions will be drawn from the RESNA’s Code of Ethics and Practice Standards.