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AT assessments should be performed with follow-up

Trained Assistive Technology & Human Service (ATHS) professionals can perform evaluations that match a person with technology and also take into consideration the work environment, other factors and look toward future needs as other technology changes. Assessment tools such as the MPT have outcome based measures. Gathering important data with a follow-up plan, documenting who the responsible parties will be, and when specific actions will occur will help elevate the AT user to a professional user level in the work setting. The plan may also include further training, keeping up with upgrades etc. Admittedly some AT placement is simple, and there is a simplified MPT for these times. HR can do a much better job with an AT professional on board. At the least, they should be using an assessment tool that truly takes in the whole person and the environment in which they will be working.

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