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Exploring Assistive Technology Outcomes with People with
deafblindness in Southern Africa

Centre of Excellence – Deafblind (CoE – DB)

Partners: Monash University, Cape Town University


This study investigated the validity of the ‘My Assistive Technology Outcomes Framework (MyATOF)’ for us with  people with deafblindness in Southern Africa. The MyATOF is a new Australian approach founded upon assistive technology process principles and assistive technology outcomes research. MyATOF guides assistive technology users to express their technology use according to six dimensions: supports, outcomes, costs, rights, service delivery and customer experience.

Undertaken in Southern Africa, the study found that the MyATOF is both relevant and valid for people with deafblindness. Analysis of the two phase Delphi study was undertaken using the World Health Organisation 5Ps systems lens (provision, policy, people, personnel, products). This indicated the need for consideration of these systems for people with deafblindness with the addition of the need for consideration regarding training professionals in the needs of people with deafblindness, and particularly communication with people with deafblindness.


  • Presentation at Deafblind International 1st African Conference, 2022

  • Presentation at National Deafblind Conference, June 2022

  • Publication in Disability and Rehabilitation Read more here: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17483107.2021.1994031 

  • Article – Assistive technology for people with deafblindess in Southern Africa. Click here to view article.  

  • Article in British Association of Teachers of the Deaf. Click here to view the article.

  • Article – My assistive technology outcomes framework: rights-based outcome tools for consumers to ‘measure what matters’. Click here to view the article.

If you have any questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to contact the team on deafblind@ableaustralia.org.au

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