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The Mobile Van Approach. Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) WIND Assistive Technology Resources (WATR) Nationwide interview study January 2005. The Mobile Van Approach.

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the mobile van approach

The Mobile Van Approach

Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND)

WIND Assistive Technology Resources (WATR)

Nationwide interview study

January 2005

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The Mobile Van Approach

A Nationwide Survey Studying the Use and Effectiveness of Mobile Van Units by AT Projects

background
Background
  • WIND looked at providing AT services and information statewide via a mobile van approach
  • In January 2005, a nation-wide survey was conducted
methodology
Methodology
  • Directors of all State AT Projects were contacted and asked the following questions:
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Methodology
  • What services and information were offered through the mobile component of your program?
  • What were the positive consequences of this approach?
  • What were the negative consequences of this approach?
  • What were the complications involved in this approach?
  • What has led to the program decision to continue or discontinue this approach?
  • Any advice for using this approach in a frontier setting?
results
Results
  • 29 state AT projects responded
  • 22 of the 29 states that responded did not use the mobile van approach
  • 7 states did use the mobile van approach:
      • Colorado
      • Illinois
      • Missouri
      • Nebraska
      • New Hampshire
      • New Mexico
      • North Dakota
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Results

What services and information were offered through the mobile component of your program?

  • Fabrication, customization, and installation of AT
  • Outreach services (assessments, awareness, education, demonstration, etc.)
  • Both AT fabrication/customization and outreach
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Results

What were the positive consequences of using a mobile van approach?

  • Allowed program to access more rural areas
  • Provided education for public on benefits of assistive technology
  • Increased public awareness of AT
  • Allowed for building and nurturing relationships between communities and the AT programs
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Results

What were the negative consequences of this approach?

  • Difficult to load for customizations/fabrications
  • Modifications done in van caused pitting of windshield and melting of floor mats
  • Space limitations and anchoring of equipment problems when used as a portable demonstration center
  • Cost-effectiveness*
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Results

What were the complications involved in using this approach?

  • Coordinating schedules and trainings
  • Routine maintenance
  • Lack of space
  • Difficult to find qualified staff willing to travel that much
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Results

What has led to the program’s decision to discontinue this approach?

  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Needs not being met by occasional use of van for demonstrations (now use more permanent demonstration center)
  • Found a different approach to be just as effective with fewer negatives (use of mini-mobile units for customization/fabrication)
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Results

Any advice for using this approach in a frontier setting?

2 types of responses:

  • Potential problems
  • Alternative solutions
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Results

Potential problems:

  • Cost (maintenance, van adaptations, replacement of AT)
  • Coordinating van availability
  • Lack of demand
  • Space, anchoring equipment, etc.
  • Lack of qualified staff willing to travel
  • May not be enough to meet consumer needs
  • Over-extending van to accomplish too much may affect quality of work or services
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Results

Alternative Solutions:

  • Distance training to address needs of rural community
  • Create resource centers around the state & utilize video conferencing
  • Look for corporate sponsorship, charging area distributors to have equipment on board for specialized demonstrations
  • Use private rentals/personal vehicles as alternative to owning a van
  • Set up small contracts with existing entities to develop AT access sites
discussion
Discussion

All states mentioned the following:

  • Before committing to the purchase of a van, be sure to do a thorough cost-effectiveness study.
  • Program must know exactly what goals wish to be accomplished through using this approach.
  • Vans used most effectively in programs focused on fabrication/customization.
  • Vans used for outreach were all either used minimally or discontinued altogether.
for more information
For more information

WIND Assistive Technology Resources

Sandy Root-Elledge, Program Director

(307) 766-2764

sre@uwyo.edu

Suzanne Adams, Project Coordinator

(307) 766-2051

shadams@uwyo.edu