2014 Conference Highlight: Assistive Technology & Neuromuscular Disease

2014 Conference Highlight: Assistive Technology & Neuromuscular Disease

2014 Conference Highlight: Assistive Technology & Neuromuscular Disease

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This blog post is second in a series focusing on the topics from Session 1 and 2 of our July 2014 conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Our hope is to share some highlights of the 6th annual conference for those who are interested in the content of our conferences, but could not attend, and to offer continued access to the information for those who were present.

Exploring Assistive Technology Strategies & Solutions for Living with a Neuromuscular Disease

The world around us is evolving at an astounding rate. Assistive Technology developments have been foundational in this evolution and a catalyst producing positive results for individuals with disabilities, especially those living with a neuromuscular and neurodegenerative disease processes. This presentation given at the 2014 Speak Conference by Liz Persaud and Ben Jacobs with the Tools for Life program at Georgia Tech explored assistive technology strategies and solutions for individuals living with a neuromuscular diseases. Some important topics included what’s new in AT, where we were, where we are, and perhaps, where we are going. Conference participants received information on Tools for Life, the Assistive Technology Act Program in Georgia, as well as information on how to access AT Act Programs in other states. As someone living with a neuromuscular disease, Liz shared information on assistive technologies that are beneficial to individuals living with neurodegenerative diseases. Ben, being familiar with neuromuscular diseases and having a passion for innovative technologies, shared updates on exciting research projects, product developments being produced at Georgia Tech and some affordable solutions for independent living. It was wonderful to start some important conversations about using assistive technology and other adaptive equipment to reduce stress, fatigue, and tension that often accompanies the neuromuscular disease process. The Speak Conference participants left this session excited and buzzing about new opportunities!

You can view an accessible PDF of Liz and Ben’s PowerPoint presentation here:
Assistive Tech PDF

About your speakers:

Liz Persaud
Training and Outreach Coordinator, Tools for Life | AMAC Accessibility Solutions at Georgia Tech

Liz Persaud is a nationally recognized keynote and public speaker addressing the need to build bridges between individuals with and without disabilities. Liz currently serves as the Training and Outreach Coordinator for Tools for Life (Georgia’s Assistive Technology Act Program) and the Pass It On Center (National Assistive Technology Device Reutilization Coordination and Technical Assistance Center). Liz is an active advocate with the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Atlanta, speaking to numerous groups and organizations across the country. Additionally, Liz holds the title for the 1999 and 2005 Muscular Dystrophy Association Personal Achievement Award in the state of Georgia. She has dedicated her life to increasing independence for individuals with disabilities by educating on self determination and advocacy, successful transition practices, using assistive technology, encouraging others to focus on abilities and promoting equality amongst those of all abilities. Liz is a graduate of Georgia State University and lives in Alpharetta, Georgia with her husband. Send an email to Liz: liz.persaud@gatfl.gatech.edu

Ben Jacobs
Accommodations Specialist, Tools for Life | AMAC Accessibility Solutions at Georgia Tech

Ben Jacobs is a retired Staff Sgt. serving 10 years in the United States Air Force. During his time in the USAF he provided information technology support and network security at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, Osan Air Force Base Republic of South Korea, and Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado. Ben brings to the Tools for Life team his passion and drive for technology and enhancing independence for people of all ages and abilities. His experience with Android devices and software development will enhance the TFL AT Solutions Lab at Georgia Tech. Ben currently lives in Alpharetta, Georgia with his wife. Send an email to Ben: ben.jacobs@gatfl.gatech.edu

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