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Insight Into AAC Mounting and Technologies Key to Independence in Power Mobility

An April 24 course offered by the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA), explores “AAC Mounting and Mouse Emulation Through the Power Wheelchair.” The workshop, according to the RESNA website, will address a variety of systems for mounting and accessing computers, tablets, and augmentative communication devices from the perspective of technologists that develop these integrated systems for ancillary devices.

During the course, the site notes that participants will recognize a variety of mounting systems intended for use with the tablet, computer, and augmentative communication device. Participants will also have the opportunity to conceptualize access to a tablet, computer, or augmentative communication device through a system of mounts and interfaces for switching or mouse emulation. Additionally, participants will observe switching or mouse emulation systems as they appear in tablets, computers, and augmentative communication devices.

Course instructors include Paul Eklund, ATP, North Carolina Assistive Technology Program, who also manages the AT Center at CompRehab in Winston-Salem. Eklund is a contributing member to the WFBH Comprehensive Rehabilitation Programs, where he works with the clinical staff and patients with a range of rehabilitation diagnoses requiring assistive technologies. Eklund is an assistive technology professional through RESNA. In the outpatient clinic(s) and/or community setting, the site notes that Eklund enables individuals to perform tasks they were previously unable to accomplish, or had great difficulty accomplishing, by providing enhancements to, or changing methods of interacting with, the technology needed to accomplish these tasks. Eklund holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from NC State University and has extensive engineering and management experience.

Also serving as course instructor is Walt Anderson, ATP. The site states that Anderson has been in the complex rehab industry for more than 25 years. For more than 8 years, Anderson also owned and operated a DME company in Hinesville, Ga, specializing in the sales and repair of all types of mobility equipment and accessibility products. According to the site, Anderson worked as a rehab tech for a hospital system in Savannah and also as a manufacturer representative for more than 15 different complex rehab equipment manufacturers under MSL Associates. Anderson was also selected to present CEU programs through the ROHO Institute, and during a 4-year period, presented wound care related educational programs to a range of referral sources in North and South Carolina, as well as Georgia. Anderson recently joined with Chair & Equipment, now located in the Charlotte, NC branch of NSM.

For more information and to register for the course, click here

[Source: RESNA]