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The use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the rehabilitation of individuals with severe functional impairments in a municipal care service system
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Information Technology and Media.
2005 (English)In: Work: A Journal of Preventation, Assessment & Rehabilitation., ISSN 1875-9270, Vol. 24, no 3, 229-238 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores the development of a scheme to use Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the training of individuals with severe functional impairments. Computers were used as an integral part of a rehabilitation programme for training, and the authors found that the resource was a useful addition to other treatment methods. This article describes the development and subsequent setting up of computers for training and how the study progressed. The study used a somewhat unique bottom up approach that first trained care-giving staff in computer skills. The caregivers in turn worked with and trained some of those they served. This learning strategy drew upon the concept of learning, empowerment and the motivation of all involved in a system and process. The study found that by using ICT all involved felt a greater sense of empowerment and improvement in the quality of life. That caregivers were involved at all stages was valuable in that they felt an ownership of the process and that they also benefited from being involved because they also learned new skills.

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2005. Vol. 24, no 3, 229-238 p.
Keyword [en]
learning, empowerment, personal computer, accessibility, personal independence
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Computer Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-3447Local ID: 3493OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-3447DiVA: diva2:28479
Available from: 2008-09-30 Created: 2008-09-30 Last updated: 2011-01-10Bibliographically approved

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