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Assistive Technology Outcomes and Benefits, v5 n1 p59-71 Fall 2008

The history, scope, and evolving definitions of assistive technology reutilization activities, from both grassroots and legislative perspective, are discussed. A national classification system of AT reuse activities and data gathered from several national surveys of AT reutilization programs using this classification approach are presented. The rationale, benefits, and potential perils of AT reuse are discussed from the viewpoint of suppliers, consumers, agencies, and organizations engaged in AT reutilization activities. Examples of both successful and damaging AT reutilization initiatives are cited with cautionary recommendations to organizations interested in establishing or expanding AT reutilization initiatives. The role of the National Assistive Technology Reutilization and Coordination Technical Assistance Center (Pass It On Center) is shared. The value and limitations of the current AT reuse data and outcomes are discussed and recommendations for future research on AT reutilization activities and outcomes are offered.

Descriptors: Assistive Technology, Recycling, Equipment Utilization, Classification, National Surveys, Federal Legislation

Assistive Technology Industry Association and SEAT Center. Available from: SEAT Center, Special Education, Illinois State University, Campus Box 5910, Normal, IL 61790. Tel: 309-438-7811; Fax: 309-830-0999; e-mail: atob[at]; Web site:

Author: Kniskern, Joy; Phillips, Carolyn P.; Patterson, Thomas


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