Use this guide to provide assistance for intervention team members to assess the need for electronic memory/organization intervention, develop an intervention plan, and monitor progress through evaluation forms.
PDAs, Smartphones, and cell phones all include personal assistance functions. Cell phones are included since many feature the same functions as PDAs.
PDA stands for personal digital assistant and is the most complex and computer-like of all the devices. In fact, PDAs are often referred to as pocket computers or palmtops. Functions include address books, alarm, calendar, internet, e-mail, and word processing software.
Smartphones combine a full-featured mobile phone with handheld computer functions such as touchscreens, miniature QWERTY keyboards, calendar, address book, and notepad.
Cell phones are portable electronic devices used for mobile communication. Memory aids on cell phones include alarms, calendars, and e-mail access.
This work is produced in partnership with the Assistive Technology Collaboration on Cognitive Disabilities (University of Akron, Temple University, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, and the Brain Injury Association of America) and was funded by the National Institute on Disabilities and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) Project Number H13A030810. For more information, go to www.biausa.org and click on Research, then Assistive Technology.