Projects

Implementation

Assistive Technology Information Mapping project (AT-Info-Map) - http://assistivetechmap.org/ 

UW Global Innovation Fund - Partnership development with universities and their networks in low and middle income countries.

Publications

Matter, R., Harniss, M., Oderud, T., Borg, J., Eide, A. H. (2016). Assistive technology in resource-limited environments: A scoping review. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology.

Special Issue of Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, Volume 10, Issue 4, 2015. Edited by Mark Harniss and Deept Samant.

Harniss, M., Samant Raja, D., & Matter, R. (2015). Assistive technology access and service delivery in resource-limited environments: introduction to a special issue of Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 10(4), 267-294.

Samant, D., Matter, R., & and Harniss, M. (2013). Realizing the potential of accessible ICTs in developing countries. Disability & Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 8(1), 11-20. doi: 0.3109/17483107.2012.669022. PMID: 22480272

Research

Systematic Reviews to Inform Guidelines on Health-Related Rehabilitation, 2013-14.

Project funded by the World Health Organization (WHO) to conduct evidence reviews to support the development of Guidelines on Health-Related Rehabilitation (i.e.,Rehabilitation Services and Assistive Technology). The WHO Guidelines intend to inform decision makers (e.g., ministries of health) on how to strengthen rehabilitation services within health systems in less resourced settings.

Program Evaluation of Local Rehabilitation Workshops, 2013-14.

Conducted a mixed-method evaluation of the Local Rehabilitation Workshops (LOREWO) in Zimbabwe and Namibia for SINTEF Norway to determine outputs and outcomes achieved and identify barriers to long-term sustainability. LOREWO designs, manufactures and repairs wheelchairs and other assistive technologies to address needs of people with disabilities nationwide.

Presentations

Matter, R. (November, 2014). Scoping Review to Inform WHO Health-related Rehabilitation Guidelines. Keynote Speaker for Research Evidence and Utilization Session. AfriNEAD 4th Symposium, November 3-5, 2014, Mangochi, Malawi. (PowerPoint I 885KB)

Matter, R. (March, 2014). Wheelchair Provision in Namibia and Zimbabwe. Disability Studies Series, University of Washington, March 14, 2014, Seattle. 

Harniss, M. K., & Matter, R. (June, 2014). Assistive technology in low-resourced settings: A scoping review. Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology, Geneva, Switzerland.

Harniss, M. K. & Matter, R. (July, 2013). Developing Evidence-Based WHO Guidelines. Symposium on Disability, Technology and Rehabilitation in Low and Middle Income Countries. Seattle, WA.

Matter, R. (December, 2013). Appropriate Low-Cost Assistive Technologies. Workshop on Accessible Technology in ICTD.  Sixth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD2013), University of Cape Town, December 7 - 10 2013, Cape Town, South Africa