The TATE [Through Assistive Technology to Employment] Project: Outcomes of the TATE Project for people with learning disabilities and staff

Stephen Beyer (Welsh Centre for Learning Disabilities)
Andrea Meek (Welsh Centre for Learning Disabilities)
Mark Kilsby (Welsh Centre for Learning Disabilities)
Jonathan Perry (Welsh Centre for Learning Disabilities)

Journal of Assistive Technologies

ISSN: 1754-9450

Publication date: 1 September 2008

Abstract

This research looked at the TATE [Through Assistive Technology to Employment] Project and its delivery of ICT/AT to people with learning disabilities. It tested whether the Project affected the independence, skills, choice and control exercised by people with learning disabilities, and if staff attitudes and skills were changed. A purposive sample of 29 people with learning disabilities were selected, and keyworkers were surveyed with a postal questionnaire at two time periods. Questionnaires covered AT/ICT received and any outcomes in: independence; skills; choice and control. Staff were asked about changes in their skills and attitudes. Questionnaires were transcribed and organised into common themes. Staff became supportive of assistive technology and developed ICT skills. Service users used ICT, and developed ‘life stories’ using Powerpoint. A variety of AT was also installed leading to increased independence, confidence and skills. AT/ICT can improve independence and services by putting people with a learning disability at the centre of a well planned and resourced strategy.

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Beyer, S., Meek, A., Kilsby, M. and Perry, J. (2008), "The TATE [Through Assistive Technology to Employment] Project: Outcomes of the TATE Project for people with learning disabilities and staff", Journal of Assistive Technologies, Vol. 2 No. 3, pp. 57-65. https://doi.org/10.1108/17549450200800030

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