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Good News!  FSSI is now on a Windows format and available on CD



The FSSI was first available on computer in 1984.  The format used was BASIC language in a DOS format.  This meant that the FSSI could be completed, scored, and results printed on the computer.  At that time, personal computers were limited to 64K memory, so big floppy diskettes had to be used to load the program.  Looking back to 1984 brings up images of the most advanced technology available.  Wow, 64K memory!  But the real Wow was that the computer version of the FSSI had a remarkable shelf life of 16 years. That is probably some sort of record in the history of computer software.

To celebrate the new millenium the Functional Skills Screening Inventory was programmed for Windows. Truth of the matter is, with the current technology the FSSI was out of date.  Not the content, but the technology of the FSSI was out of date.  New personal computers use 64K as a start up screen. Bells and whistles have advanced to the point that on some customer’s computers the FSSI could not even be run.  There are LANs and CDs and graphical interfaces not even dreamed about in 1984.

So what does the new FSSI do?  First of all, it runs faster and more efficient.  Secondly, it is possible to do single subscales rather than the entire FSSI, which users made clear was a priority for their particular needs.  Now it is possible to complete the “Work Skills and Concepts” section alone (or any other subscale), without completing the other parts of the FSSI.  This gives the FSSI greater use among program staff than previously.  It also allows the FSSI to be used in research which many users said was a major need.

Stay connected to for more exciting news regarding the Functional Skills Screening Inventory and its editions....


Van Dijk Conference in Dallas



Among the many items of interest at the recent Van Dijk Conference in Dallas was Jan van Dijk sharing his research using the Functional Skills Screening Inventory.  His data show that the results of assessments using the FSSI at 5 = years of age account for 40% of the variability of scores on assessments at 18 years of age. This is a very powerful finding in regard to the stability and predictive value of the FSSI.  This means that the FSSI is highly sensitive to subtle progress among the population of persons with deafness and blindness. These data also reflect that the FSSI does what it was designed to do: show the profile of functional skills necessary to succeed in living in the community and in occupying time. Jan van Dijk of The Netherlands spoke to an enthusiastic group in Dallas on Feb. 16 and 17, 2001 regarding his work with persons who are deaf-blind.  He is working on a new CD on assessment with Kathy Nelson of Utah.  He showed preliminary examples of the CD and hopes to have it available soon.

If you would like more information about the follow up study van Dijk did, you may stay tuned. Over the next several months information from the bookwill be reviewed here. The ISBN for the van Dijk book is: 90-265-1128-0 and the full title is:    Jan van Dijk, Ruth Carlin, Heather Hewitt (1991) Persons handicapped by rubella: Victims and victors - a follow up study.  Lisse: Swets Publishers.




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