The Center for Rehabilitation Technology at Helen Hayes Hospital has announced four exciting workshops for Spring of 2016 which are FREE for individuals with disabilities and their families/caregivers, and $25 for all other attendees. Each workshop will offer attendees hands-on guidance with a variety of adaptive technology topics, from gaining funding for a personal wheelchair to using the latest eye-tracking communication devices for increased independence.
Home Control by Voice – Thursday, March 17th, 2:30-5pm
From opening doors and lowering blinds, to turning on the television and turning off the lights, there are multiple items someone with a disability may want to control in their home. Come learn about different voice technologies to gain greater command of your surroundings and maximize independent living.
Special Solutions Custom Fabrications – Monday, April 18th, 2:30-5pm
With engineering, electronics, and do-it-yourself skills, our Special Apparatus team develops creative solutions to help patients be more independent when commercial equipment just doesn’t work. Creating a mount for a cellular phone on a power wheelchair to help with communication, or customizing a stylus pen holder for an individual with poor fine motor control to access a tablet computer, are just samples of what can be accomplished.
Wheelchair Funding – Monday, May 16th, 2:30-5pm
From high performance ultra-lightweight manual wheelchairs to highly complex power chairs, paired with devices to improve posture, comfort, and efficient mobility, obtaining a new wheelchair can be an expensive proposition. The experts in our Seating & Wheeled Mobility Center share their knowledge on how to navigate funding options and negotiate with insurers so a consumer can select the chair which maintains their health and function and optimizes their mobility and independence.
Eye Tracking Augmentative & Alternative Communication – Thursday, June 16th, 2:30-5pm
Specialized communication devices can help persons who are unable to speak, gesture or write. Come see first-hand the latest in eye tracking technology that makes it possible to communicate with just eye gaze.
The Center for Rehabilitation Technology at Helen Hayes Hospital is nationally-recognized for its dedication to the innovative and interdisciplinary use of technology to assist people with disabilities to increase their independence. In addition to providing evaluation and training in augmentative/alternative communication, advanced seating & mobility, computer access and special apparatus services to clients, the center also hosts a large variety of educational workshops for patients, caregivers, and community members. It is also home to the high-tech Smart Apartment, an interactive model of a typical home which is equipped with an array of assistive technology that enables individuals with disabilities to control their surroundings.
For information or to register for a Spring 2016 workshop, please call 845-786-4587. Continuing Education Units are available for each workshop. To learn more about the Center for Rehabilitation Technology, visit helenhayeshospital.org.