Full citation

Interagency Committee on Disability Research, Washington, DC. (2000). Strategy for the Development and Transfer of Assistive Technology and Universal Design. REHAB Database, 1-117.

Format: Peer-reviewed article

Type: Experience

Experience level of reader: Fundamental

Annotation: Summary report on the state of Assistive Technology research, development and transfer activity, sponsored by U.S. Federal agencies, as well as a series of general recommendations concerning priority R&D areas, guidelines for integrating AT in sponsored programs, and mechanisms to effect technology transfer and/or provide financial support in these areas.

Setting(s) to which the reported activities/findings are relevant: Community, Federal lab, Government, Large business, Small business (less than 500 employees), University

Knowledge user(s) to whom the piece of literature may be relevant: Policy Makers, Researchers

Knowledge user level addressed by the literature: Sector

This article uses the Commercial Devices and Services version of the NtK Model

Primary Findings

Model: Summary report on the state of Assistive Technology research, development and transfer activity, sponsored by U.S. Federal agencies.
More and better-coordinated mechanisms are needed to promote the process of technology transfer and to help eliminate barriers to the transfer process. Because the field is relatively small and specialized (but one that is growing daily), federal government support is necessary. The federal government can influence and impact the availability and affordability of new assistive technologies through strategies that: • identify opportunities to spin off of other federal research and development and technology transfer activities; and • enhance existing programs to allow sharing of risk, cost and validation of new assistive technology with companies. Financial incentives are needed to help businesses bridge the technology transfer "valley of death" between commercial development of assistive technology and surviving low and slow market sales.
Occurrence of finding within the model: Stage 1

Secondary Findings

Model: Since the Assistive Technology sector lacks sufficient infrastructure and funding to support a heavy R&D investment, technology transfer is playing — and will play — an ever greater role in meeting the demand for more effective and less costly AT applications. Given the persistent lack of resources, incentives, and networks among AT companies to tap productively into Government, University and Industry technology transfer opportunities. (Lane, Joseph [1999] Understanding Technology Transfer. Assistive Technology. 11, 1, 5-19)
Occurrence of finding within the model: Stage 1