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09-15-2016

Adirondack Assistive Technology Expo in Tupper Lake to be Hosted by Clarkson University, Oct. 24 & 25

The 2016 Adirondack Assistive Technology Expo will be held on October 24 and 25 at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, N.Y.

Clarkson University Clinical Assistant Professor Lisa Tebo, director of assistive technology and education, demonstrates assistive technology. [A photograph for media use is available http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/ltebo-at.jpg .]Sponsored by Clarkson University's Department of Occupational Therapy, the conference is intended to deliver relevant and current information on assistive technology that can promote independence and participation in meaningful activities for people of all ages.

The audience includes special educators, therapists, administrators, disability advocates and service providers, family members or individuals with disabilities. Continuing education credits will be awarded by Clarkson University.

The two-day event features a keynote presentation followed by numerous breakout sessions addressing a wide range of AT topics.

This year's keynote presentation will be delivered by Therese Willkomm, the director of ATinNH, the New Hampshire state-wide assistive technology program, and an associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of New Hampshire.

Willkomm has overcome numerous barriers in her own personal experience with "disability." Her presentation, "Born To Create," will discuss and demonstrate her personal journey of how disability becomes the greatest asset in the creation of solutions for easier living, learning, and working. She will discuss how her experiences with dyslexia and Tourette syndrome has contributed to the development of more than 1,000 assistive technology inventions and how hundreds of inventions are created by seeing the world upside down, inside out, and backwards, making Tourette syndrome a superpower in the creation of solutions for everyday challenges.

The keynote presentation is supported by the Adirondack Regional Technology Center, a division of New York State's TRAID Program.

The conference's format of concurrent breakout session topics will allow attendees to tailor their conference experience to those topics that are most interesting and relevant to themselves or the individuals they work with.

This year's breakout sessions will include presentations addressing:

- Apps for Assistive Technology (AT)
- SmartHome technologies and automation
- AT for low vision, blindness and hearing impairment
- Adaptive music
- Low-tech adaptations and designs
- AT in education and transition planning
- Strategies for effective AT team development and implementation
- AT for aging farmers
- AT funding
- Useful AT resources

In addition to the conference sessions, participants will have an opportunity to visit ten exhibitor booths, discuss products and engage in hands-on AT exploration.

On Monday evening, participants are invited to an optional networking event at the Big Tupper Brewery from 5 to 8 p.m. (Cost of meal or beverages at the networking event are not included in the conference registration fee.)

Advance registration is required, with an early registration discount available until October 1.

Additional conference information, session descriptions and registration information can be found by visiting at http://www.clarkson.edu/ot/atexpo.

Individuals with disabilities, family members or caregivers may be eligible for supplemental funding to off-set the cost of attending the conference. Financial support has also been made available to vendors or agencies who wish to be exhibitors. Those who are interested in learning more about supplemental funding should contact Lisa Tebo at ltebo@clarkson.edu.

Questions about the conference can be directed to Marcy Bennett at adkatexpo@clarkson.edu or 315-268-2189; or Linda Reece at lreece@twcny.rr.com.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, New York, and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, 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 innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: The 2016 Adirondack Assistive Technology Expo will be held on October 24 and 25 at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake. Above, Clarkson University Clinical Assistant Professor Lisa Tebo, director of assistive technology and education, demonstrates assistive technology.

[A photograph for media use is available http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/ltebo-at.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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