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Discarded Assistive Technology

In spite of the increased variety and availability of AT, approximately 30% of obtained ATs are discarded within a year. While there are many positive as well as undesirable reasons for this rate of discard, a major reason is poor assessment of consumer needs and preferences.  Key to an individual obtaining a quality assessment of needs and the most personally appropriate devices is the availability of skilled AT providers who understand the importance of a consumer-driven process and are able to provide appropriate and adequate services.