Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, MassMATCH and Easterseals have collaborated to offer you this FREE Assistive Technology Training and Expo.
People with disabilities of all ages, their family members, professionals working with such individuals with disability and anyone interested in learning about assistive technology.
Workshop format will consist of hour long training sessions exploring Assistive Technology devices and services for people with a wide range of disabilities. The focus will be on AT for employment, education and community living. See complete session schedule in the agenda section.
The Expo component of the event will highlight approximately 20 vendors/providers of assistive technology products and services in the areas of hearing, learning, motor and visual impairments.
Anyone interested in participating must register to receive the confirmation email and other details. All are welcome.
There will be a leadership board aspect of the event. Prizes will be provided to the top 2 participants.
Dr. Therese Willkomm, Ph.D.
Dr. Therese Willkomm, Ph.D., is the Director of New Hampshire’s State Assistive Technology Program with the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) She is known nationally and internationally for her innovative strategies for creating solutions in minutes. She has designed and fabricated over two thousand solutions for individuals with disabilities. She has presented her work in 42 states, ten foreign countries, and three U.S. Territories and has authored over 22 publications including her recent book Assistive Technology Solutions in Minutes Book 3: - “Make Stuff and Love People”.
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