Purpose and Description

Purpose: When matching person and technology, you become an investigator, a detective. You find out what the different alternatives are within the constraints.

---From Living in the State of Stuck: How Technology

Impacts the Lives of People with Disabilities


The Institute for Matching Person & Technology was formed to better match users of technologies with the most appropriate devices for their use. The Institute works to enhance the situation of technology users through research, assessment, training and consultation. Do you know persons who avoid the use of technologies? Persons who have abandoned them? Do you want to prevent or minimize this in the future?

Do you worry that you haven't considered all the important factors affecting a person's optimal technology use?

Do you wonder if technology use will really result in an improved situation?

Technologies are meant to make our lives easier and better. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out this way. It is important that individuals feel comfortable with technologies and know how to use them to their benefit. While a user must adapt to the unique features and demands of a technology, a technology must be adjusted or adapted to accommodate the individual needs and preferences of the user. This is true regardless of the type of technology:

  • Assistive Technologies – products for persons with physical disabilities designed to enhance independence and functioning (examples are wheelchairs, adapted utensils, communication devices).
  • Educational Technologies - used to help students learn in classroom settings or at a distance (examples are multimedia delivery systems, self-instructional software programs).
  • Workplace Technologies - designed to enhance job performance and productivity through multi-tasking, networking, telecommuting, and so on (examples are electronic scheduling devices, telecommunications software).
  • and General, Everyday, Technologies to make our daily activities easier, more efficient and pleasurable (examples include automatic (bank) teller machines, VCR’s).

The Matching Person and Technology (MPT) assessment process is one means for providing a more personal approach to matching person and technology. You can learn more about it (and view samples of several assessment forms) by going to "MPT Assessment Process and Instruments."


Online Video and PowerPoint MPT Tutorials

This video presentation on the Matching Person and Technology Model and Process runs just a little over a half hour and is closed captioned. Many thanks to Rechelle Mojica, California State University at Northridge (CSUN), who videotaped and captioned the presentation I did for her course and students.

http://youtu.be/jFJefwa0mBU and also https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSb4QXGsQt8&feature=youtu.be

In these videos, Marcia Scherer demonstrates the use of the MPT forms. You can watch the videos directly on this page by scrolling down. Here are the links to the MPT Assessment Process Videos:

Here are links done for military members and their families on assistive technologies and use of the MPT process:

Matching Wounded Warriors with Assistive Technology. (2014, January 9). http://articles.extension.org/pages/70238/matching-wounded-warriors-with-assistive-technology#.UvVr5JvcwRE

What You Need to Know About Assistive Technology But Didn't Know Who to Ask. (2013). Military Families Learning Network. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0NOmVM0zVM&list=UUBEYWdqWEmaJSfNUzuRKUGw