For many children and adults, neurological events can result in permanent cognitive changes that interfere with the independent performance of everyday activities. The Univeristy of Michigan Health Systems Assistive Technology for Cognition Program (MATCP), in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, offers a multi-disciplinary team approach to clinical assessment, for children and adults who can benefit from:
- development of an Assistive Technology for Cognition (ATC) intervention plan, including recommendations for specialized technological tools and modification of the cognitive environment,
- training programs in the use of the ATC intervention,
- follow-up to assess barriers to use or the need for system modification.
Through the multi-disciplinary team approach, individuals referred to the program participate in a comprehensive evaluation of those functional areas affecting the choice and continuing use of ATC interventions over time. The goal of the program is to establish an ATC plan that can be used by the referred person to increase functional independence and that can be reinforced by the person's support system in the home, community, school and work settings.
Patients can be referred to the Michigan ATC program by their physicians, case managers, family members, or by themselves. However, referrals must conform to authorization requirements of the referred person's primary insurance carrier.