iCreATe for Paralysis Workshops
ATinNH will be hosting FREE Assistive Technology Makers Workshops across the state of New Hampshire. These hands-on workshops 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
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.
These workshops are only targeting individuals who reside in rural cities and towns as defined by the US. Census report, therefore individuals who reside in Manchester or Nashua are not eligible to participate.
Therese Willkomm, Ph.D., ATP, directs the NH Statewide Assistive Technology (ATinNH) program with the Institute on Disability and is a clinical associate professor in the University of New Hampshire Department of Occupational Therapy. 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. During that time, she has designed and fabricated over 1,200 solutions for individuals with disabilities including her patented A.T. Pad Stand, a multi-use assistive technology mounting device to provide hands-free holding solutions for individuals who experience paralysis. She has appeared on RFD TV, CNN, NPR Science Friday and has received numerous honors and awards including being invited to speak at the 2016 White House Summit on Technology and Disability.
Stacy Driscoll, M.Ed, ATP is an Assistive Technology Specialist with the Assistive Technology in New Hampshire (ATinNH) program. 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 over 50 assistive technology workshops each year statewide and nationally.
REGISTER FOR UPCOMING WORKSHOPS:
All workshops are free, and lunch will be on your own.