Donna Case, PhD, OTL, began her work with assistive technology more than 30 years ago when working with adults with significant multiple disabilities who had been removed from Michigan’s State Institutions. She received a master's degree in Interdisciplinary Technology from Eastern Michigan University to facilitate her students' ability to interact in meaningful ways with their environments and community. She received an Individual Interdisciplinary PhD in Industrial Engineering and Occupational Therapy, looking at improving employment options for individuals with severe disabilities using assistive technology. Donna has been teaching courses in assistive technology to occupational therapy, engineering, and special education students for more than twenty years. She has written chapters and articles on assistive technology for a variety of publications.
What is assistive technology? It is a broad range of devices, services, strategies, and practices that ameliorate the problems faced by individuals who have disabilities… read more
Assistive technology can allow individuals with disabilities to find meaning and participate in their homes and communities. There are many factors that impact an individual… read more
Many individuals with disabilities experience social and community isolation. These individuals may experience difficulties in communicating with others. For some individuals with disabilities, communicating their… read more
Individuals with disabilities want to live and participate in their own homes and communities. Too often, individuals with disabilities live in homes and communities that… read more
Piaget stated that “play is the work of children.” Through play, a child learns to explore, develop, and master physical and social skills that form… read more
Individuals with disabilities want to live meaningful and independent lives that include participation in school, home, and community environments. Individuals with specific impairments, such as… read more