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TheScientificWorldJOURNAL - Volume 4 2004, Pages 178-185

Research Article

Department of Physical Therapy, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Stanley Steyer School of Health Professions, Tel Aviv University, IL-69978 Ramat Aviv, Israel

Office of the Medical Director, Ministry of Social Affairs, Jerusalem, Israel

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Office of the Medical Director, Division for Mental Retardation, Ministry of Social Affairs, Jerusalem and Zusman Child Development Center, Divisions of Pediatrics and Community Health, Ben Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Israel

Received 1 February 2004; Revised 14 February 2004; Accepted 14 February 2004

Academic Editor: Mohammed Morad

Copyright © 2004 Eli Carmeli et al.


People with intellectual disability ID require special support in order to achieve independence in their daily life. Persons with ID are less exposed to assistive technology, although studies have shown that the availability of aids afford an opportunity to reach independence and cooperation. The aim of this study was to examine the nature of the relationship between involvement of the physiotherapy PT team and the degree to which assistive technology was used. A questionnaire was sent to all PTs employed at all 54 residential care centers for persons with ID of the Division for Mental Retardation at the Ministry of Social Affairs in Israel. A significantly positive correlation was found between the degree of involvement of the PT and the utilization of assistive technology. The study results may be summarized by stating that PTs demonstrated a great deal of involvement, particularly in relation to the extent of their work in the residential care centers. PT-s awareness of the importance was indicated as the major reason to use assistive technology.

Autor: Eli Carmeli, Carmit Cahana, and Joav Merrick



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