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Assistive Technology Showcase

The National Neurotrauma Society Presents:

Pittsburgh Community Advancements in Assistive Technology

Pittsburgh Community Advancements in Precision Medicine and Research Engagement

Pittsburgh Community Advancement in Neuroscience Training on Neurotrauma

Assistive Technology Showcase

New for Neurotrauma 2019, we will utilize local experts from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s (UPMC) Rehabilitation Institute (RI), UPMC Center for Assistive Technology (CAT), and the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) to demonstrate and educate conference attendees and the public on the latest advances in assistive technology and its impacts on function, community participation, and quality of life.  This Assistive Technology Showcase will leverage educational partnerships from industry to demonstrate a range of technology.  In doing so, this event will increase cultural competency for the lay public and interested conference attendees to better understand the needs for adaptive equipment, the assistive technology available, as well as the opportunities for function and community participation that assistive technology can provide for individuals with a variety of functional limitations as a result of Neurotrauma.

Overview

Assistive technology plays a crucial role in the recovery and ongoing lifestyle for individuals experiencing ongoing effects after neurotrauma. The UPMC RI, UPMC CAT, and Pitt SHRS have worked together over multiple decades in order to advance the field of assistive technology in rehabilitation and increase the overall quality of life for people with assistive technology needs. This is made possible by including researchers, clinicians, physicians, and community members in a team atmosphere to develop and implement the assistive technology effectively and efficiently.

What to Expect

The Assistive Technology Showcase aims to inform and educate individuals at the NNS in the process of evaluating and considering the value of proper assistive technology in optimizing function after spinal cord and traumatic brain injury. This experience will facilitate increased insight in how their own Neurotrauma research may complement and enhance AT research activity in the Neurotrauma community by developing lines of communication and interaction between NNS attendees and the AT clinical and research community.

The Assistive Technology Showcase will have interactive stations with specific technology, including manual wheelchairs, power wheelchairs with switches and alternative driving components, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices, adaptive gaming devices, computer access devices, and adaptive sport and recreational equipment which attendees will be able to view, try, and ask questions. Professionals that specialize in each technology will be present at each booth to provide information on how it relates to individuals that have experienced neurotrauma. The Assistive Technology Showcase will also be made open to the public to increase visibility and understanding of the value of assistive technology in the daily lives of those living with motor and cognitive disabilities.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, attendees will be able to:

  1. Describe the process of evaluating and considering the value of proper assistive technology in optimizing function after spinal cord and traumatic brain injury
  2. Understand how assistive technology relates to individuals that have experienced neurotrauma
  3. Recognize the value of assistive technology in the daily lives of those living with motor and cognitive disabilities.