Exploring Assistive Technology Outcomes with People with deafblindness in Southern Africa
Centre of Excellence – Deafblind (CoE – DB)
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.