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The Functional Evaluation of Assistive Technology (FEAT)

M. H. Raskin and B.R. Bryant
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Technology assessment for disabilities

The Functional Evaluation of Assistive Technology (FEAT) is a systematic and comprehensive assessment tool that helps educators determine effective assistive technology solutions for students with learning difficulties. It also provides a framework for implementation, support and monitoring progress. FEAT can be used to evaluate the use of word prediction software, speech synthesis systems, speech recognition systems, screen reading programs and other technologies. Frameworks are provided to measure a student’s strengths, limitations, experience and interests along with the tasks the student is expected to perform, settings and specific devices.

Technology assessment for disabilities

  • Helps educators select solutions with confidence
  • Helps educators monitor progress

The complete FEAT kit includes the Examiner’s manual and 25 sets of evaluation materials, checklists and scales. The FEAT has five scales:

    • Contextual Matching Inventory which provides information about setting-specific demands.
    • Checklist of Strengths and Limitations which is used to gather data regarding person-specific characteristics.
    • Checklist of Technology Experiences which offers additional information about the person-specific characteristics with regard to her or his past/current use of technology.
    • Technology Characteristics Inventory which examines device-specific characteristics such as dependability, product support etc.
    • Individual-Technology Evaluation Scale which is used to determine whether the proposed Assistive Technology adaptation offers legitimate potential for compensatory effectiveness.

Also included is the Summary and Recommendations Booklet which is used to summarize the assessment information, make recommendations and arrange for follow-ups to assess for effective implementation.

The scales are complemented by various members of the assistive technology assessment team to allow for an ecological assessment of assistive technology needs. The following list shows who is responsible for completing each scale:

  • Contextual Matching Inventory: Teacher, employer, family member and/or student or employee interviewed by the Assistive Technology Evaluation Team Leader
  • Checklist of Strengths and Limitations: Teacher, employer, family member and/or student or employee interviewed by the Assistive Technology Evaluation Team Leader
  • Checklist of Technology Experiences: Student or employee interviewed by the Assistive Technology Evaluation Team Leader
  • Technology Characteristics Inventory: Assistive Technology Evaluation Team Leader
  • Individual-Technology Evaluation Scale: Assistive Technology Evaluation Team Leader
  • Summary and Recommendations Booklet: Assistive Technology Evaluation Team Leader 

FEAT is targeted at the following age ranges:

  • All Ages

FEAT is designed to foster development in the areas of:

  • Literacy
  • Communication
  • Resource preparation
  • Use of assistive technology

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