Emergencies, Disasters and Your Assistive Technology. Attendees will receive a free Disaster Planning Guide with the tools on using it to help ensure you, your family or those you work with are prepared for an emergency and know what to do with your Assistive Technology. Potential emergencies/disasters in your area, how youll get notice of an emergency, home/town evacuation plans, alternate communication plans, tips for practicing your plans, sheltering in place, returning to your home. Specifics about each need as it relates to various disabilities such as hearing, vision and mobility. Catherine Graham, USC SOM, Kimberly Tissot, DAC, Mike Patterson, Salvation Army
Session 2: 11:30 - 12:30
Therapeutic Positioning: Promoting Function and Improved Quality of Life: Identifying the benefits of weight bearing or assisted standing, for body systems (e.g., musculo-skeletal, respiratory, and gastro-intestinal). Selecting and integrating appropriate therapeutic positioning equipment such as activity chairs, gait trainers, the TRAM(lift/assisted gait device), and Versa Form into daily activities. How this approach impacts quality of life for people with several orthopedic impairments. Session is for parents, care givers, and service providers of individuals of all ages who have severe orthopedic impairments. Marian Michael, Kathleen OBrien, Richland School District Two.
Session 3: 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Assistive Technology for Independent Living: Real examples of how assistive technology has helped people live independently in life in all areas including parenting, housing, employment and recreation. Many examples of high and low tech solutions that help with people with a variety of disabilities such as deaf-blindness, mobility, brain injury, memory and communication. Presenters will surprise you at how simple assistive technology can be! Kimberly Tissot, Able South Carolina, David Dawson, USC SOM.