The AT Match-Up Challenge: “Is the Child Better Off with or without the Device?

When conducting an assistive technology assessment for a child with a disability, Professor James Lenker says, the key question is "Is the child better off with or without the device?" The question may seem basic, but answering it correctly requires the type of expertise that Dr. Lenker brings to his research and his work with schools and families; and which he is imparting to a new generation of students of assistive technology and rehabilitation. In this interview, Professor Lenker, director of the advanced graduate program in assistive technology and rehabilitation at the University of Buffalo, SUNY, addresses the role of parents and teachers in the AT assessment process, the factors that contribute to device success or abandonment, and much more!