June 1, 1984

Technology and Handicapped People

Author Affiliations

Ohio State University Columbus


by Office of Technology Assessment, Congress of the United States, 212 pp, with illus, $29.50, New York, Springer Publishing Co Inc, 1983.

JAMA. 1984;251(21):2869-2870. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340450077034

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This is a report on technology and handicapped people by a project committee of the Subcommittee on Health and Life Sciences Division of the Office of Technology Assessment by the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources. It contains four parts: "Impairments, Disabilities and Handicaps," "Technology," "Resource Allocation," and "Policy Options." There are 232 references.

I was impressed with the organization and the volume of facts and figures, particularly relating to our deficiencies in resource allocation in this vital area. Clearly documented are the voids in evaluation, marketing, and coordination of technologies for reducing handicaps. However, a notable deficiency was the absence of a psychiatrist among the consultants and resource staff, undoubtedly reflected in the scarcity of medical aspects considered in the report. Nevertheless, the material included is not readily available in a single source.

I recommend this volume for inclusion in our libraries concerned with the handicapped.