U of O
The Center on Brain Injury
Research & Training

Training Assistive Technology in the Environment (TATE)


Funded by:

US Department of Education—National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research

Project Period:

October 1, 2009 – September 30, 2012

Project Director/Principal Investigator:

Laurie Ehlhardt Powell, Ph.D.




Ann Glang, Ph.D.



Research Team:

Debbie Ettel, Ph.D.




Assistive technology for cognition (ATC) has tremendous potential to support increased independence in adults with cognitive impairments due to traumatic brain injury (TBI) by compensating for these impairments. However, the ATC literature cites lack of effective instruction as a barrier to successful, long-term use.

In this development project, we are developing, testing, and disseminating an instructional package called the Training Assistive Technology in the Environment (TATE) Systematic Instructional Package (SIP). The use of Participatory Action Research (PAR) during the project ensures that TATE SIP is informed by stakeholder input throughout the development and evaluation phases. Outcome measures will include evaluation of device use (device skill acquisition), device usability (skills used in targeted environments), functional performance (activities of daily living affected by device use), quality of life (subjective well-being) and social participation (community integration).

To ensure the TATE SIP reaches its intended audiences—survivors of TBI and the individuals who will train them to use ATC—we are working with a national group of researchers, practitioners, consumers, and advocacy organizations to support recruitment and dissemination activities.

Training Assistive Technology in the Environment Toolkit