AT Reutilization for Independent Living Centers

ATIA 2009 Conference Session

Orlando, Florida

January 28-31, 2009


Session Title:

Assistive Technology Reutilization Program for Independent Living: Research Outcomes



Kerri Morgan and Carla Walker, Paraquad, St. Louis

with contributions from Kim Walker and Lindsey Bean


Session Description:


As the cost of providing assistive technology continues to increase and reimbursement becomes more difficult, alternative ways of accessing equipment are needed. In 2005, Missouri Medicaid service provision throughout the state was reduced and restricted for approximately 27,000 people, impacting the ability to obtain durable medical equipment (DME).


The Assistive Technology Reutilization Program for Independent Living is a collaboration between Paraquad (a Center for Independent Living) and the Washington University Program in Occupational Therapy. The goal of the program is to increase access to assistive technology devices and assistive technology services for individuals with disabilities through the establishment of a reutilization program for other Independent Living Centers and community organizations. An emphasis has been placed on matching the proper equipment to the person, fitting the equipment to the person and training the person how to safely use the equipment. The Assistive Technology Reutilization Program for Independent Living has distributed over 600 pieces of assistive technology to persons in St. Louis and surrounding regions. Many recipients of the reutilized equipment were denied by the Missouri Medicaid program and had no other choice for receiving equipment.


Outcome measures have been developed to track the impact of this program on the use, disuses, abandonment and effects of the device on the participation of the consumers receiving the equipment. This presentation will describe the program, discuss the development of outcome measures and report results from data collected on participants that have received devices from the program.



Session Objectives:

1. First Key Learning Point 

Define what an assistive technology reutilization program encompasses.

2. Second Key Learning Point 

Describe the benefits of distributing assistive technology through a reutilization program

3. Third Key Learning Point 

Identify the importance of tracking outcomes related to distributing reutilized assistive technology devices.


Experience Level:



Session Format:

Research Paper / Study (A presentation of a finalized research paper or results of a research project)


Technical Experience Level



Presentation Outline:

I.                     Introduction of Presenters and Program

II.                   Background on the development of the Assistive Technology Reutilization Program     for       Independent Living

III.                  Presentation of the need and benefits of a reutilization program

IV.                Presentation of the outcome measure developed to evaluate the AT Reutilization Program for Independent Living

V.                  Initial research findings on the utility of a the AT Reutilization Program

VI.                Wrap-Up Discussion and Questions



Strand:  Pass It On/ AT Reuse



Presentation Type:  Educational Session


See attached presentation.



This work is supported under a five-year cooperative agreement # H235V060016 awarded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, and is administered by the Pass It on Center of the Georgia Department of Labor – Tools for Life.  However, the contents of this publication do not necessarily represent the policy or opinions of the Department of Education, or the Georgia Department of Labor, and you should not assume endorsements of this document by the Federal government or the Georgia Department of Labor.










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Other Information

Title: AT Reutilization for Independent Living Centers
Module: User Services
Author: Kerri Morgan and Carla Walker
Audience: Implementer
Sub Title: ATIA 2009 Session
Procedure: Research outcomes
Organization Source: Paraquad and Washington University (St. Louis)
Last Reviewed: 10-25-2009 6:44 PM