Federal Legislation and examples of its effect on the development of technology for people with disabilities

Robert Patterson, Rachel Wobschall

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Abstract

Federal Legislation has been enacted that requires changes to be made in the design of the public environment and consumer items that will improve access for all persons with or without a disability. Other legislation has been written that supports research and development, product evaluation and testing, and payment for rehabilitation technology products and services for a few groups of people with disabilities. The recently enacted Federal legislation will have a strong influence on general product design (i.e. required closed caption decoders for TVs, required government purchase of accessible electronic office equipment, and access to telephone communication by people with hearing impairments) as well as supporting and promoting rehabilitation technology developed for the special needs of people with disabilities. Problems still exist in getting payment for rehabilitation engineering services and devices and meeting the requirements of "medical necessity " asked for by heath insurance companies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCase Studies in Medical Instrument Design 1991
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages183-187
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)0780306279, 9780780306271
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991
Externally publishedYes
Event1991 Case Studies in Medical Instrument Design, MID 1991 - Orlando, United States
Duration: Oct 29 1991Oct 30 1991

Publication series

NameCase Studies in Medical Instrument Design 1991

Conference

Conference1991 Case Studies in Medical Instrument Design, MID 1991
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando
Period10/29/9110/30/91

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