Mr. Joseph Lane, director of the University at Buffalo’s Center for Assistive Technology (CAT), acted as editor for a special issue of the journal Assistive Technology Outcome and Benefits (AOTB). The journal, which is open-access and peer reviewed, focuses on the outcomes and benefits of assistive technology for students and persons with disabilities across their lifespan.
“Because our work is very applied in nature, it is more relevant to journals that deal with the intersection of academia, government and industry, rather than the more basic research oriented journals that focus on publishing study results,” explained Mr. Lane. “Given our experience and the fact that we operate a national center that typically produces three to four research and development projects during a five year funding cycle, it makes sense to compile a set of related articles within a special issue of a journal.”
As editor, Mr. Lane chose content with the intention of providing relevant information to multiple stakeholders and to provide useful information to others to learn and apply for the benefit of persons with disabilities.
“The ATOB journal is supported by the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) so the contents should be relevant to assistive technology manufacturers, suppliers, clinicians, consumers and policymakers than for traditional community of scholars alone.”
The entire issue’s contents are freely available via open access at http://www.atia.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=4638. All of the papers included were also authored or co-authored by CAT personnel (staff and graduate students) along with other authors within or outside UB.