Assistive Technology in the Private Sector
This course is designed to help the private rehabilitation provider gain a greater access as to how they can access assistive technology for their clients as well as what technology can help with different impairments. Low Tech and High Tech devices will be reviewed in areas of functional deficit which impact the disabled worker such as devices to enhance mobility and exertional limitations, devices to enhance cognition, devices for vision and hearing impairments, devices for communication, and we will even cover a few devices that can be used for everyday living. Some discussion around technology advances and the issues of connectivity will be addressed.
As a result of this activity, participants
- will learn the formal definition of assistive technology (AT)
- will gain knowledge of AT services provided to consumers
- will be able to identify Federal and State funding programs to help support AT resources
- will be able to identify the changes in legislation which have help put AT on the forefront of legislators
- will learn the components of an AT evaluation
- will learn the low tech/high tech devices in mobility, ergonomics, speech, cognition, vision and hearing and everyday living
Salvatore Garozzo MBA, MS, CRC is the Executive Director of UCP of Western Massachusetts and also a member of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professional (SSVE Division). He has 30 years of experience in the field of public sector rehabilitation and is an advocate for the enhanced use of assistive technology for all persons with disabilities throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He has spoken before the Massachusetts legislature (pre-pandemic) and is currently working with the Western Massachusetts Representatives to create a commission to expand AT use.
Jennifer Baker, Ph.D, COTA, PTA. SLPA. ATP is one of the leading Assistive Technology Professionals practicing in Massachusetts and Connecticut. She is the Consulting Senior AT Clinical Director for UCP working in program development and AT practice.
Kathie Sullivan is the Director of Assistive Technology at UCP of Western Massachusetts. She attained her bachelor’s degree from Bay Path College and has a decade of experience in the field of assistive technology and advocacy. She believes assistive technology is the key to independence.
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Members - $25 / Non-members - $35