Document Type

Other

Publication Date

5-5-2010

Keywords

atrc, assistive, technology, resource, center, marketing, project, database, document, IQP

Abstract

The Assistive Technology Resource Center (ATRC) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) was created in 1999 with the mission to serve as a regional provider of assistive devices and services. The Center is unique in its ability to provide a technical aspect to the development of customized assistive technology to its clients. An IQP group, Lyons and Trimby (2008), reevaluated the operations of the ATRC nine years after its establishment. The team determined that one area to focus on would be the organization of past projects completed within the ATRC into a centralized database. A second IQP group, Hristov, Mawhiney, and Wilson (2009), created a database encompassing several projects but the need still existed for a more comprehensive document. This project concentrated on the development of two different documents that could be distributed to students and potential clients. The first of these documents, a marketing document, included summaries of carefully selected projects that represent an appropriate range of devices developed within the ATRC. The second document, the comprehensive document of past projects, offered detailed descriptions of most of the completed projects since the ATRC’s establishment. A direction that a future IQP group could take would be to implement these documents by mailing them to potential clients and by uploading them to the ATRC webpage.

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