[Athen] Post-Secondary Assistive Technologists: BLS Job\Career Classification?

Kathleen Bastedo Kathleen.Bastedo at ucf.edu
Sat Feb 13 08:12:52 PST 2016

Hi Joseph,

Please check out this site: http://www.resna.org/

They are a credentialing board for assistive technology but they may have some helpful information if you poke around their site. Hope this is helpful.


PS I was an occupational therapist who was a certified assistive technology practitioner through RESNA in a k-12 setting; not at a university level.

Kathleen Bastedo
Instructional Designer
(407) 823-3399
Center for Distributed Learning
University of Central Florida
John C. Hitt Library
2701 Pegasus Drive
Orlando, Florida 32816-2810

From: athen-list [athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] on behalf of Nast, Joseph M [Joseph.M.Nast at lonestar.edu]
Sent: Thursday, February 11, 2016 2:30 PM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network
Subject: [Athen] Post-Secondary Assistive Technologists: BLS Job\Career Classification?

Thank goodness for ATHEN! For more than 5 years, I’ve been guided by resources like ATHEN’s 2008\2009 watershed surveys and reports (links listed below):


At my campus, the Assistive Technologist position has evolved significantly. By way of example, my predecessor actually served as a quasi-academic advisor and a large chunk of my own responsibilities once included a number of clerical and office management functions.

With the staunch support of my Disability Services Counselors and heads of department, over time I’ve been able clarify the Assistive Technologist’s professional role and sharply focus my duties on accessibility for our students. That said, I still have a few hills to climb ensuring my official job description is consonant with my actual duties. In trying to bolster my case for a change in job description, I’ve tried unsuccessfully to find an appropriate Bureau of Labor Statistics Standard Occupational Classification group for Post-Secondary Assistive Technologists (link: http://www.bls.gov/soc/major_groups.htm).

Is it more accurate to identify with the IT professions? By definition assistive technology itself is largely compensatory in nature, so I seriously doubt we’d be affiliated with OTs or PTs – but I’m really not sure… Am I “chasing my own tail” here?

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Thanks for your input!

Joseph M. Nast<mailto:joseph.m.nast at lonestar.edu>
Assistive Technology Lab Coordinator
office phone: 281.290.3207
office room number: CASA 109j
Lone Star College Cy Fair<http://cyfair.lonestar.edu/>
Counseling, Career, and Disability Services<http://www.lonestar.edu/counseling-services.htm>

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