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Girl receives the gift of independence from CReATE

December 11, 2013 by Sue Reeves

Image of Selina and her dad.

Selena and her dad share a smile after she gives
her wheelchair a test run.

Selena Perez thought she was coming to a routine meeting with her parents at her school. Instead she was wheeled into the media center at Willow Valley Middle School to discover a new-to-her motorized wheelchair—and the small crowd of people who came together to make it possible.

The sight moved her to tears. Through an interpreter she asked if it was to be used only at school. The answer came back: she could use it at home, too.

Selena’s family is from Mexico. She has used a wheelchair for most of her life.

The refurbished chair was made possible by staff members of the Cache County School District Office and CReATE, a nonprofit organization under the Utah Assistive Technology Program that puts affordable mobility devices into the hands of Utahns who need it.

CReATE is part of the Center for Persons with Disabilities and the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University. Staff members from the Cache County School District Office contacted the program and contributed to the cost of the motorized chair.

District special education director Joel Allred said Selina was doing well in school, but the people at the district office wanted her to have more independence. Until that day, she had needed an aide to push her from class to class.

“It’s very nice,” she said in a quiet moment, after posing for pictures and taking her first turn around the room. “I’ll be able to go to the kitchen when I want a drink.”

“We won’t be battling with the wheelchair to move her from one spot to another,” her father said through an interpreter. “Now her self-esteem will increase because she can move herself around.”

This story was written by JoLynne Lyon and originally appeared on the EEJ EdNotes blog on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.

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Free online training on T-Coil technology for hearing aids

August 28, 2012 by cpehrson

The Utah Assistive Technology Program (UATP) will present a FREE online interactive training, T-Coil: A hidden benefit to hearing aids, on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. 

This free training, presented by Mitch Moyers from the Utah Division of Services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, will cover a feature that many hearing aids have, but are often ignored, or unknown. Many people are not aware they can have this feature included as part of their hearing aid, or are not familiar with the technology.

This training will cover how a T-Coil benefits the hearing aid user and what accessories are available to promote better hearing and access to hearing aid users. Bluetooth may be all the rage, but the T-coil has long been a cheap and reliable technology for many users.

Mitch Moyers is currently the Outreach Program Manager at the Utah Division of Services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, where he also oversees the assistive technology program. His duties include research for new, emerging technology for Deaf and Hard of Hearing consumers. With the rapid advance of technology for hearing-loss in the market today, Mitch hopes to be able to make sense of it all!

In order to participate, you will need a computer with high-speed Internet access. If you are interested in participating please RSVP by Friday, September 7, to Storee Powell via email storee.powell@usu.edu, or call 435-797-7412. Participant instructions will be emailed to you.

If you are a screen reader user please contact Sachin Pavithran at 435-797-6572 or sachin.pavithran@usu.edu, no later than Monday, September 10 to make arrangements to participate via phone. If you need any other accommodations in order to participate in the training please let Sachin know by this date also.

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Let’s Talk! How techy is your child?

July 31, 2012 by cpehrson

The Let’s Talk! blog gives our readers a chance to let us know how they feel about the issues and concerns that affect the lives of people with disabilities and their families and to hear what others think.

New technology is being developed every day.  It is a part of almost every child’s life; from cell phones, to electronic toys and games.  Technology has even found its way into the classroom, helping teachers engage students who may learn best in other ways.

A growing number of families with children who have special needs are purchasing iPad tablet computers for their children.  There are many applications that are available that can be used to help children to communicate more easily and to build new skills.

In this Let’s Talk! blog, we would like to hear from our readers about:

What technology is your child using? 

How has it helped your child?

What apps would you recommend to other parents to try with their child?

Please share with us your experiences using technology with your child in the comment section below.

 

 

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High tech switches for power chairs–free training

March 5, 2012 by cpehrson

The Utah Assistive Technology Program (UATP) will present a FREE online interactive training, Alternative Input & High Tech Switches for Power Mobility, on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. 
 
This free training, presented by Lisa Rotelli from Adaptive Switch Lab, will provide an overview of the designs and manufacturer’s products that allow individuals with disabilities to use computers, communicate, interface with their environments and achieve greater independence through powered mobility. ASL products use optical, electronic, mechanical, and proximity sensor switches to access an individual’s wheelchair and accessories.
 
Lisa Rotelli has worked in the wheelchair industry for more than 25 years. She is currently vice president of Adaptive Switch Lab and provides training nationally and internationally.
 
In order to participate, you will need a computer with high-speed internet access.   If you are interested in participating please RSVP by Friday, March 16, to Storee Powell via email storee.powell@usu.edu, or call 435-797-7412. Participant instructions will be emailed to you.
 
If you are a screen reader user please contact Sachin Pavithran at 435-797-6572 or sachin.pavithran@usu.edu,no later than Monday, March 19 to make arrangements to participate via phone. If you need any other accommodations in order to participate in the training please let Sachin know by this date also.
 
Please feel free to pass on this information to anyone that you think might be interested.
 

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Assistive technology for infants & toddlers-training

February 1, 2012 by cpehrson

The Utah Assistive Technology Program (UATP) will present a FREE online interactive training, Assistive Technology and Early Intervention Part 2, on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. 
 
This free training, presented by Amy Henningsen, will cover additional assistive technology ideas for early intervention including: positioning, mobility, adaptive play, computer access, and activities of daily for feeding and bathing that are available commercially and/or customized.
 
Amy Henningsen is an occupational therapist for the Utah Assistive Technology Program as well as the Up to 3 early intervention program at the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University. Also, she is certified in Neurodevelopmental Treatment in Pediatrics and as an Assistive Technology Practitioner. She has over 30 years of experience working with developmental disabilities in a variety of settings.
 
In order to participate, you will need a computer with high-speed internet access.   If you are interested in participating please RSVP by Monday, February 13, to Storee Powell via email storee.powell@usu.edu, or call 435-797-7412. Participant instructions will be emailed to you.
 
If you are a screen reader user please contact Sachin Pavithran at 435-797-6572 or sachin.pavithran@usu.edu,no later than Thursday, February 10 to make arrangements to participate via phone. If you need any other accommodations in order to participate in the training please let Sachin know by this date also.

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