Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Attend free seminar designed to enhance independence of disabled persons using professional Assistive Technology

The wonders of technology have gone beyond that which might have been imagined as little as two decades ago. The tools of technology coupled with advanced health care methods have enabled professionals to provide advanced and effective assistance to individuals with disabilities resulting in remarkable strides in their independence. 

Southington’s Commission on Disabilities will present an admission free educational and awareness seminar on the topic of Assistive Technology for individuals with disabilities, their caregivers and family members. “The program will be held on April 26, 2016 from 6 to 9 pm at Hawk’s Landing C.C.” said commission member, Karen Leary. “Attendees are encouraged to bring their own devices such as iPhones, iPads and tablets with them.” 

Complimentary d’oeuvres and refreshments will be offered. No RSVP required.  

“The commission is excited about its quality speakers for this year’s seminar which offers life changing improvements through Assistive Technology.”, Leary said. 

Speakers include Melissa “Missy” Olson,  Quinnipiac College 1999, (occupational therapy); Master’s degree, SCSU 2005, (special education with concentration in adaptive technology), and sixteen years of experience as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist in educational and clinical settings.  A published author of journal articles, Olson is an adjunct professor at Quinnipiac for graduate students in occupational therapy and assistive technology and is a speaker in her field at state and national conferences.

Retired speech and language pathologist with more than forty years of experience in the public school sector, Mary Silverberg retired from the New Britain public school system after 28 years of service. She currently fills in for speech and language pathologists on medical or maternity leave. An advocate for the civil rights of people with disabilities, Silverberg is legally blind and volunteers her time, especially for the blind and visually impaired, and serves on Boards and Commissions at the local and state level, having produced and moderated programs for WHC-TV, West Hartford’s public access TV on topics such as transportation, voting, and assistive technology.  
As manager of the New England Assistive Technology Equipment Restoration Center at Oak Hill since July of 2001, Don Hoerman is an excellent practitioner in the operation of powered mobility devices and technology making life simpler for people with disabilities. He trained at the seminars of many manufacturers and is ATP certified, (Assistive Technology Professional), recently obtaining CAPS status, (Certified Aging in Place), “helping people stay at home longer and safer”. 
For further information contact commission member or 860-621-596

About Appleseed:  Freelance writer and Southington resident, Dick Fortunato, has made a retirement journey of twenty years of serving the Greater Southington Community and his church, following the spiritual principles of his faith. Writing, which is Fortunato's passion, has enabled him to share many of his inspiring observations of ordinary people doing extraordinary things for others. Comments welcome at or directly below this post. 

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