Winter Quarter 2011 Course Announcement

Perspectives in Assistive Technology

David L. Jaffe, MS and Professor Drew Nelson
Tuesdays & Thursdays   4:15pm - 5:30pm
Main Quad, Building 370, Classroom 370


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Thursday, January 13th

photo of Debbie Kenney

The Transdisciplinary Team: Bridging the Gap between Consumers and Products in Rehabilitation Medicine
Deborah E. Kenney, MS, OTR/L
Stanford University, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, and Foothill College

Abstract: Occupational therapists (OTs) are critical players in the transdisciplinary rehabilitation team. An OT's job is to help people, who because of illness, injury, or aging, have experienced a decrease in their ability to function independently in the areas of daily living, work, play, and leisure. Treatment by an OT often includes the prescription of assistive technology. This talk will focus on the aspects necessary to effectively fit the technology to the individual and support the use of this technology in the home environment, and the impediments to providing this.

Biosketch: Deborah Kenney has been an occupational therapist for the last 17 years, splitting her time between Stanford and the VA Palo Alto Health Care System's Rehabilitation Research & Development (RR&D) Center where she collaborated on numerous design/development research projects with both engineers and graduate students. Her work has included testing and integrating technology into the rehabilitation setting with individuals with Parkinson's Disease, CVA (stroke), spinal cord injury, hand therapy, and balance problems related to aging. Ms. Kenney currently works with post-stroke survivors (REACH), coordinates a research project in Stanford Medical School's Department of Hand Surgery, and is also a frequent guest lecturer with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Santa Clara.

Contact information:
Foothill College
Adaptive Learning Post-Stroke
kenney5 -at-
Lecture Material:
Pre-lecture slides - 574 Kb pdf file
"What is Occupational Therapy" Slides - 50.3 Kb pdf file
Slides - 269 Kb pdf file
Audio - 1:19:41 - 18.2 Mb mp3 file
CVA pedalling on YouTube
Catalogs of low tech devices for people with disabilities
Access Ingenuity
Allegro Medical
North Coast Medical
Sammons Preston
Smith & Nephew
Self Wipe Toilet Aid

Updated 01/14/2011

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