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10-14-2015

Adirondack Assistive Technology Expo in Tupper Lake to Be Hosted By Clarkson University, Oct. 26 & 27

The 2015 Adirondack Assistive Technology Expo will be sponsored by Clarkson University's Department of Occupational Therapy on October 26 and 27 at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, N.Y.

Clarkson University Director of Occupational Therapy Rondalyn V. Whitney, right, works with Gavin Thompson to develop his muscle building skills, hand-eye coordination and social skills through occupational therapy.Occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech and language pathology professionals from across northern New York and Vermont are invited to attend.

Registration and breakfast is from 8 to 9 a.m. on Monday, October 26, followed by a welcome, the keynote presentation, breakout sessions and lunch.

The Tuesday, October 27, session gets underway with an 8-to-9 a.m. breakfast, followed by breakout sessions and lunch.

An optional networking dinner will be held at the Wild Center on Monday from 6 to 9 p.m. with entertainment provided by FLAME, internationally recognized performers from the Lexington Center of the Fulton County NYSARC, Inc. (The cost of the dinner not included in the registration fee.)

John Robinson, president and CEO of Our Ability Inc. of Glenmont, N.Y., will deliver the keynote presentation "Overcoming Obstacles-Get Off Your Knees! Helping People See Beyond Differences: See the Value We All Hold Inside Ourselves."

Robinson is the subject of “Get off Your Knees: The John Robinson Story,” a public television documentary. His autobiography of the same title was published by Syracuse University Press in 2009. Robinson's specialties include advocacy, inclusion, diversity, sales, marketing, motivation, video production financing, media development, television, and social media. He serves on the Alumni Board of Syracuse University and has been honored with the Excelsior College President’s Award for Advocacy. In 2014, Robinson was named one of ten national White House Champions of Change for Disability Employment.

Rondalyn V. Whitney, the director and founding chair of Clarkson's occupational therapy program, says that the University is excited to provide this extraordinary range of educational opportunities to the North Country

"Too often people struggle and don’t realize there is a simple solution to help them do the things they want to do," says Whitney. " Assistive technology can be ‘low tech’ like a cushion for your chair to using existing tools in Microsoft Office that increase the size of font on the screen to extraordinary uses of technology. The expo displays technology that has been created so individuals can be successful in their day-to-day activities."

Breakout session topics will include Section 503: The Opportunity Beyond the Mandate; Safe Mobility: Early Intervention - Grade 5; Hey, where am I going and how will I get there?; Orientation & Mobility for Middle School, High School and Transition to College; “He’s Really Writing!”: Using Assistive Technology and Powerful Teaching to Reach Common Core Standards in Writing for Students with Disabilities; Turning Simple into Simply Amazing!; Top 10 Tips for Improving Usability and Promoting Inclusion in Recreation; and Low Tech to High Tech: Labeling for Individuals with Vision Impairments;

As well as To drive or not to drive? The Role of the General Practitioner; School: Hating It ... to Loving It! An AT Case Study; Consumer Advocacy Workshop for Therapists; Meeting AT Needs of Infants, Toddlers and Young Children; Assistive Technology and TBI; Assistive Technology and Self-Regulation; Coding for Students Who Have Learning Differences; Enabling Access with Assistive Devices at Work, School and Daily Living; Fort Drum Warrior in Transition Unit’s Assistive Technology Program with Computer Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP); and Can Technology Increase Independence?

And Online Learning – Ensuring Accessibility and Engaging Students; Assistive Technology and Transition Planning; Second Life: A Virtual Wellness Environment; One Quadriplegic Woman's Relationship with Assistive Technology; Smart Home Technology: Increasing Independence and Safety in the Home Environment; CREATE Assistive Technology Opportunities for Student Engineers; PRESErVE: Process Recycling Enhancement for a Supported Employment, high-Volume Enterprise; Translating EEG-based brain-computer interface (BCI) technology for communication and control; and The Affinity Game: Sneak Peak App.

Participants are eligible for up to 1.0 continuing education credits through the Clarkson University Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy Departments, approved providers of CEUs for the New York Physical Therapy Association and the American Occupational Therapy Association. ASHA speech and language pathologists, please refer to your state's continuing competency requirements to determine if this conference meets your CEU requirements. For more information, visit the ASHA web site at http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/slpa/speechcefaq.htm.

The Adirondack Assistive Technology Expo is also supported by Adirondack Regional Technology Center, C TECH, Monroe Wheelchair, Our Ability, Prentke Romich Company (PRC), and Vis-Ability Inc.

For registration, session descriptions and more, visit http://www.clarkson.edu/ot/atexpo.

Questions or concerns regarding conference registration can be directed to Marcy Bennett at adkatexpo@clarkson.edu or 315-268-2189.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: The 2015 Adirondack Assistive Technology Expo will be sponsored by Clarkson University's Department of Occupational Therapy on October 26 and 27 at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, N.Y. Above, Clarkson University Director of Occupational Therapy Rondalyn V. Whitney, right, works with Gavin Thompson to develop his muscle building skills, hand-eye coordination and social skills through occupational therapy.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/rwhitney-ot.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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