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Assistive Technology for Individuals with Specific Impairments

presented by Donna Case

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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 hearing, visual, or cognition, may experience barriers to access within various domains and environments. Assistive technology allows individuals with these impairments to achieve meaning and active participation in their lives. This course will provide an overview of general considerations for assistive technologies available for individuals with visual, hearing, or cognitive impairments as well as resources for determining assistive technologies for these individuals.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Donna Case, PhD, OTL

    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.

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  1. Assistive Technology for Individuals With Hearing Impairments

    1. Assistive Technology for Individuals With Hearing Impairments

    Individuals with hearing impairment have difficulties in all domains. Assistive technology gives individuals with hearing impairments access to their home, community, and school or work place.

  2. Assistive Technology for Individuals With Vision Impairments

    2. Assistive Technology for Individuals With Vision Impairments

    Individuals with visual impairment have difficulties in all domains. Assistive technology gives individuals with visual impairments access to their home, community, and school or workplace.

  3. Assistive Technology for Individuals With Cognitive Impairment

    3. Assistive Technology for Individuals With Cognitive Impairment

    Individuals with cognitive impairment have difficulties in all domains. Assistive technology gives individuals with cognitive impairments access to their home, community, and school or workplace.