ATOB Volume 13, Issue 1 Focus:

The Role of Research in Influencing Assistive Technology Products, Policy, and Practice

The Call for Manuscripts is now closed.  Please contact the Editor-in-Chief at if you are interested in an extension or submitting.

Guest Editor

Kathleen M. Murphy, PhD          Headshot photo of Kathleen Murphy
Principal Researcher
American Institutes for Research



ATOB Editor-in-Chief

Jennifer L. Flagg
University at Buffalo
Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer

Background on Issue Focus

The journal Assistive Technology Outcomes and Benefits (ATOB), published since 2004 by the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA), invites papers for the upcoming issue focused on “The Role of Research in Influencing Assistive Technology Products, Policy, and Practice.”

Positive outcomes and benefits derived from assistive technology (AT) are dependent upon the delivery of AT products that are relevant and useful, evidence-based practices that are appropriate and effective, and sound policy decisions. Research is often a necessary precursor to achieving these ends. On a macro level, governmental and institutional policies and practices are often informed by research to ensure that the highest quality, most effective, and affordable services and devices are made available to those who need them. On a micro level, evidence from applied primary and secondary research influences organizational and individual decisions, including those made by AT manufacturers regarding product design, and by practitioners regarding service delivery.

This volume of ATOB invites authors to submit articles that (1) showcase the ways that research, either internally within an organization, or externally, through successful private and/or public partnerships has resulted in new AT innovations, practices, and policies that help people with disabilities to achieve their goals; or (2) highlight research findings that should inform product development, practice, and/or policy – helping to shape emerging and future technologies, strategies, and programs. In either case, manuscripts are required to draw conclusions about how research has been or can be used by other stakeholders to affect positive change for people who use AT.

Manuscripts will be peer reviewed for an anticipated publication date in early 2019.

Interested parties are encouraged to review ATOB’s Editorial Policy and Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for Authors to learn more about the publication.

Questions? Contact the ATOB Editor-in-Chief at

To submit a Manuscript with the online ATOB Manuscript Submission Form, please use the form below:

ATOB Manuscript Submission Form & Author Agreement

ATOB Manuscript Submission Form & Author Agreement
  • 1) Please provide the details of the lead author for this manuscript submission. A full list of authors should be included in the manuscript itself and the Author Agreements. Email communications about the manuscript will be with the lead author.
  • Articles may be submitted under three categories—
    • Voices from the Field - Articles submitted under this category should come from professionals who are involved in some aspect of AT service delivery with persons having disabilities, or from family members and/or consumers with disabilities. Submissions may include case studies, project or program descriptions, approaches to service delivery, or consumer perspective pieces. All submissions should have a clear message and be written with enough detail to allow replication of results.
    • Voices from the Industry - Articles submitted under this category should come from professionals involved in developing and marketing specific AT devices and services. Case studies, design, marketing research, or project/ program descriptions are appropriate for this category.
    • Voices from Academia - Articles submitted under this category should come from professionals conducting research or development in an academic setting. Submissions are likely to include applied/ clinical research, case studies, and project/ program descriptions.
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  • To ensure that appropriate protections are afforded to participants in research studies, ATOB requires a copy of Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval for all manuscripts describing studies that are subjected to such requirements. Please indicate if IRB approval was needed for the work described in the manuscript.
  • Conflicts of interest, whether real or perceived, have the potential to undermine the credibility of communications between stakeholders in all fields of study. In order to ensure that potential conflicts of interest are transparent to ATOB’s readership, all corresponding authors must respond to the following questions on behalf of all authors named on the relevant manuscript. Information will be included in the ATOB journal, such that it is available to all readers.
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