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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Tuesday, March 1st

photo of Graham Creasey

What Kind of Assistive Technology Do You Need if You Break your Neck?
Graham H. Creasey, MD; Marc Samuels, MS, OTR/L, CDRS; and Edward C. Brodd
VA Palo Alto Health Care System

This lecture will be held at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System campus in the Spinal Cord Injury Service. The class will convene in Building 7, Room E111 at 4:30pm. In addition to a tour of the SCI facilities and a short lecture by Dr. Creasey, Marc Samuels will demonstrate a driving simulator that assesses the driving ability of veterans with brain injury and Ed Brodd will show a wheelchair-adapted van.

Abstract: Breaking your neck can affect nearly every part of your life. Physically, you may be paralyzed from the neck down, with no feeling in the body, unable to control your bladder or bowel or sexual function. Obviously, this affects you emotionally and socially - your education, work, house, travel, and relationships. What can assistive technology do to change this?

The industrial revolution gave us new tools, special beds, mattresses, wheelchairs and cushions, catheters, implants, and many other gadgets. The microelectronic industry has revolutionized communication and control of equipment in the environment; if you can control a computer, you can control many other things.

What about controlling paralyzed muscles?

What about curing paralysis?

Biosketches: Graham Creasey is the Paralyzed Veterans of America Professor of Spinal Cord Injury Medicine at Stanford University and the Chief of Spinal Cord Injury Service at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. His research interests include the restoration of function after spinal cord injury, using information technology, and biotechnology.

Marc Samuels is an Occupational Therapist and Certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialist at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. He currently treats individuals with a wide variety of diagnosis including traumatic brain injuries (TBI), spinal cord injuries (SCI), amputations, dementia, strokes (CVA), post traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), orthopedic injuries, psychiatric diagnosis, and/or vision/perceptual impairments. Marc maintains professional certifications in Physical Agent Modalities, Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT), and as a Workplace Dispute Resolution Mediator, Nationally Certified Mentor, and Certified Driving Specialist. Current affiliations include Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED), National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA), American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC).

Edward C. Brodd received his Masters Degree in Health Science from San Jose State University in 1980. He has been employed at the Department of Veterans Affairs since 1981, working in Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, primarily in the spinal cord injury unit as a kinesiotherapist. In 1983, he became Program Manager of the Driver Evaluation Program, evaluating disabled veterans' ability to return to independent driving. In 1990, he was certified as a Driver Rehabilitation Specialist through the Association of Driver Rehabilitation Specialists and Department of Veterans Affairs. In 2005, he co-authored a study titled: Predictive Validity of Driving-Simulator Assessments following Traumatic Brain Injury: A Preliminary Study. He currently teaches the annual VA Central Office VA Prosthetic course on the Driver Evaluation Program to prospective prosthetic program specialists. He is an adaptive equipment expert prescribing and training veterans with various driving adaptive equipment, including mechanical hand controls, sensitized steering systems, and computer-based hand controls.

Contact information:
VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Spinal Cord Injury Service
3801 Miranda Ave.
Room C115, Building 7
Palo Alto, CA  94304
gcreasey -at-
marc.samuels -at-
ed.brodd -at-
Lecture Material:
Directions to the class - 123 Kb pdf file
Patient Mover
Audio - 1:26:01 - 19.6 Mb mp3 file
Kodak Gallery photos - 21 photos
Stanford School of Medicine Academic Profile
New program for spinal injuries

Updated 05/24/2011

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