Therese Willkomm, PhD, ATP, directs the NH Statewide Assistive Technology (ATinNH) Program with the Institute on Disability, is a clinical associate professor in the University of New Hampshire Department of Occupational Therapy, and coordinates the graduate certificate in AT and the disability studies minor. Known internationally as “The MacGyver of Assistive Technology” and more recently as an expert in iPad modifications and apps for individuals with disabilities, Dr. Willkomm has provided AT services for over 30 years and authored 22 publications.
iCreATe for Paralysis Project
Join Assistive Technology in New Hampshire (ATinNH) for an Assistive Technology Makers Workshop. This hands-on workshop will empower participants with the knowledge, skills, tools and materials to create assistive technology solutions in minutes. Over the course of the day-long workshop, participants will fabricate a variety of solutions to support individuals who experience paralysis.
These workshops are brought to you through a grant from the High Impact Innovative Technology Assistance Grant Program through the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. Participants will fabricate five devices for themselves or to give to someone affected. These devices could include independent living aids such as:
- Adjustable universal cuffs for eating and drinking
- Cup holders for wheelchairs, canes, crutches and walkers
- One-handed and hands-free iPad holders for tables, walkers, recliners, etc.
- Devices for food preparation, dressing, bathing, transferring and self-care
- Devices for outdoor tasks
- Devices to reduce slips and falls
- Solutions for virtual participation in community events and activities
This workshop is only open to New Hampshire residents.
Who Should Attend
These workshops are open to service providers, caregivers, family members and end users who experience difficulty or the inability to move their upper or lower extremities due to paralyzing conditions such as, Stroke, Alzheimer’s Disease, Brain Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, and Spinal Cord Injury.
Stacy began working for the IOD in 2014. She is currently an assistive technology specialist and project coordinator for ATinNH. She holds a graduate certificate in Assistive Technology and a master's degree in Education. She has provided services to individuals with disabilities for over 25 years and conducts AT workshops and consultation services statewide and nationally. In addition to her interest working with children, she also has an interest in assistive technology and aging. Prior to coming to the IOD Stacy worked as both and elementary and special education teacher in multiple districts in New Hampshire.