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CE Article: Rethinking Occupational Therapy's Role With Assistive Technology

Bob Cunningham, PhD, OT/L, ATP, Maryville University, St. Louis, MO


Earn .1 AOTA CEU (1.25 NBCOT PDU/1 contact hour)




Assistive technology is recognized in occupational therapy as an accepted means of using compensation and adaptation as intervention approaches. The profession advocates using assistive technology to promote, maintain, and improve function in activities of daily living, work, education, leisure, play, social interaction, and sleep occupations (American Occupational Therapy Association [AOTA], 2010). Although assistive technology is often thought of as products or devices, it can also include modifying existing technology to make it more accessible. This article describes how occupational therapy practitioners can take an active role in identifying and addressing client issues related to using computers and portable devices. Specifically, the accessibility features built into these devices are described in relation to the problems they address and how they are implemented.


 Learning Objectives


1. Recognize occupational therapy’s commitment to using assistive technology as an intervention.

2. Identify accessibility features found in Microsoft Windows, Apple OS X, Apple iOS, and Android operating systems.

3.  Identify appropriate accessibility features to address specific client computer and portable device access problems.


Learning Level: Entry Level

Target Audience: Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants

Content Focus: Category 1: Domain of OT


Reference Information:

Cunningham, B., (2014). Rethinking Occupational Therapy’s Role With Assistive Technology. OT Practice, 19(6). CE-1–CE-8



Additional Details:

SKU: CEA0614
Product Type: Download
Year Published: 2014

  • AOTA Continuing Education
  • Practitioner
  • Continuing Education
  • Physical Rehabilitation
  • Technology
  • Accessibility
  • Computer
  • Apps
  • Physical Rehabilition