If the enthusiasm and size of the crowd are any indication, an open house for University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Assistive Technology Partners (ATP) was a great success. The open house was attended by approximately 100 people and it was designed to build awareness and recognition for the advancement of technologies that aid, assist and enhance the lives of people with disabilities.
ATP staffers were available in various areas of the open house to demonstrate assistive technology designed to help people with disabilities function more effectively. They demonstrated a variety of wheelchairs including a device called the Smart Wheel that allows specialists to help determine which kind of wheelchair would function best for an individual client.
In addition to wheelchair customization, ATP also helps clients find the most effective communication devices and tests various products to help manufacturers meet the needs of people with cognitive issues and other challenges.
The staff at ATP also is dedicated to ensuring the needs of the aging population are met as that population grows.
“One in five Americans will experience a disabling condition at some point in their lives. Assistive and mainstream technologies have the ability to enable all of us to live full and productive lives. We’d like everyone to know there are technologies that can make life easier” said Cathy Bodine, PhD, executive director of ATP and associate professor at the CU School of Medicine.
Among those in attendance at the open house, Lilly Marks, vice president for health affairs for the University of Colorado and executive vice chancellor of the Anschutz Medical Campus, Dennis Matthews, chair of CU School of Medicine’s department of physical medicine and rehabilitation, Colorado State Rep. Dave Young, Stuart Feinhor from the office of U.S. Congressman Jared Polis and a number of individuals with disabilities and their families, local and state agencies, policy makers and manufacturers.
(Photo: Buc Lewerk (friend of Tammy), Stuart Feinhor from US Representative Jared Polis’ office, Tank (the dog) and Tammy Burton (ATP client)