1. Project Title: Pilot Study: The Role of Computer Adaptive Technology in the Employment of Those with Brain Injury 2. Brief Description of Project: This is a pilot study, using a case study methodology to identify the possible role for adapted computer technology in assisting the employment of people with brain injury. Ability staff worked in cooperation with staff from two job placement agencies that specialise in the placement of people with brain injury. Our involvement, in the form of technology assessments and advice, was offered as a free service to the clients, agencies and relevant employers. 3. Start Date and Duration of the Project The project commenced in July 2004 and was completed in December 2005, a duration of 18 months. 4. Funding Provided by the MAA The MAA contributed $10,000 to the cost of this project. On our estimates this represented approximately 60% of the cost of the project. 5. Objectives of the Project The aim of the research was to test the following two hypotheses: i. That adapted computer technology can assist people with brain injury to gain employment. ii. That adapted computer technology can assist people with brain injury to retain existing employment.
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6. Implementation of the Project (a) Literature Review: A substantial review was undertaken at the commencement of the project and updated continuously throughout the project. It shows there has been increasing interest in the literature on the topic of assistive technology and brain injury, especially with regard to personal digital assistants (PDAs). However there has been very little study of the impact of this technology on the employment of people with brain injury. Review of Technology Options: The Ability team reviewed the adaptive tools that we have...