Winter Quarter 2019

Perspectives in Assistive Technology


David L. Jaffe, MS
Lathrop Library, Classroom 282
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4:30pm to 5:50pm

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Invitation for Community Participation

Photo of student demonstrating a brain-controlled grasper (2014)

Brain-controlled grasper (2014)

Photo of a student wearing a brain-controlled interface:ReAwaken project to detect the onset of a narcoleptic episode (2013)

ReAwaken project to detect the onset of a narcoleptic episode (2013)

Course Description - Perspectives in Assistive Technology explores issues surrounding the design, development, and use of assistive technology benefitting people with disabilities and older adults. Semi-weekly one-hour lectures will be presented by notable professionals, clinicians, and individuals with disabilities.

Students' Activities - Students enrolled in the course learn about assistive technology from these guest lecturers and through field trips, an Assistive Technology Faire, and a film screening. Additionally they work in project teams to understand and address the problems and challenges experienced by individuals with disabilities and older adults in the local community by developing design concepts & fabricating, testing, and refining prototype assistive technology devices.

Class Time & Location - The class meets on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons starting Tuesday, January 8th from 4:30pm to 5:50pm. The lectures will take place in the Lathrop Library, Classroom 282.

Invitation to Participate - You are invited to particpate in the course. Your involvement can take several forms:.

  • Browse the Course Website - The course website contains information from the past 11 years of the class including the syllabus, lecture material, and photographs.

  • Subscribe to Perspectives, the Course Newsletter - This emailed newsletter announces upcoming lectures and local events related to Assistive Technology. Contact me if you would like to be added to the list. Here is the archive of past issues.

  • Attend Guest Lectures - Lectures are open to the Stanford community and anyone interested in attending. Please refer to the lecture schedule for guest speaker information and topics. There is no charge to attend or requirement to enroll. Please refer to the maps for the classroom location and parking options. On-campus parking after 4pm does not require a permit.

  • Suggest Student Projects - If you have suggestions for projects for this year's course, please send them to me. Project goals must address needs for which there are no commercially available products and be simple enough to be completed in 8 weeks. Please refer to the Call for Team Project Suggestions webpage for a complete list of project requirements and how best to communicate your suggestions.

    Browse the list of previous years' projects and the current project list.

  • Partner with Student Teams - The course is seeking local community members who are assistive technology users or health care professionals, individuals with disabilities, older adults, as well as caregivers (family and friends) to advise student project teams. Your expertise, involvement, and good project ideas will enhance their project outcomes. Please review the University Guidelines for Mentors, Coaches, Volunteers, Facilitators, and Affiliates document regarding the expectations and responsibilities of University community members who work with stduents.

  • Support the Course - Support for the student projects and the course in general is sought. Refer to Call for Course and Project Support for more information.

Please let me know if you require a special accommodation.

David L. Jaffe, MS 650/892-4464

Updated 10/09/2018

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