Cybathlon: Battle of the bionic athletes – BBC News

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How bright is the future of assistive technology for person’s with disabilities? Very bright indeed! As an OT you have to love the wide variety of ADL and IADL tasks that were the basis of this novel event. Bravo!

Microsoft Enables Steve Gleason To Autograph With His Eyes, Raise Money for ALS Research

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Go Baby Go Project Developer Impacts Universal Design

imageSo great to see how this professor, through his excellent work with Go Baby Go, is actually helping contribute to changes in universal design in future power wheelchair and mobility toy products.
http://www.cnbc.com/2016/10/04/how-a-doctor-who-tinkers-with-toys-got-mattels-attention.html

Updated DIY Adapted Stylus or Pointer

Updated DIY Adapted Stylus or Pointer by Molly Shannon, MS, OTR/L, ATP, on the ATandOT Blog       Why would I need to make an adapted stylus or pointer?  Many children, students, or adult…

Source: Updated DIY Adapted Stylus or Pointer

Handwriting Heroes App Review by iMums

August 9, 2016

Great review from iMums about a new handwriting development app by  Occupational Therapist Cheryl Bergman (developer of Abilipad). This app is available for iPad for $2.99 called Handwriting Heroes. Check it out!

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http://www.theimum.com/2016/08/handwriting-heroes-by-cheryl-bregman-review/

How To Get Started in AT

 

imageThere are very often questions from therapists asking about how to learn more about AT. There are online and college programs for certificates in assistive technology. But this is NOT the same as obtaining an Assistive Technology Professional designation (ATP) from RESNA (www.resna.org ).

The  certification from RESNA is important for those of us who specialize in assistive technology. But learning more about AT is accomplished by getting access to and gaining skills in use of various AT and by attending conferences (ATIA, Closing the Gap, CSUN, RESNA), completing online webinars, reviewing catalogs, etc. Ablenet has many free webinars which are very good. Get on the SC Assistive Technology Listserv for many updates about upcoming webinars from many sources:
http://scatp.med.sc.edu/join.htm

A fantastic resource available for school-based OTs and others are the Assistive Technology Internet Modules!!
http://www.atinternetmodules.org

I also have a website http://www.atandot.com that is a resource (still new to it) and a FB page both by the same name “AT and OT”.

Good luck! Having the DESIRE to learn more about AT is HALF the battle. 😉