Creating Assistive Technology Solutions in Minutes:
A Make and Take Workshop
Saturday, September 21, 2019
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Everyone is born to create, discover, make, and build solutions for everyday challenges. Hundreds of new tools, specialty tapes, fasteners and plastics have emerged that enables all individuals to become Assistive Technology “AT” makers without the need for power tools, glue or nails.
This "hands-on" interactive workshop introduces participants to new methods, materials, tools and resources for making hundreds of solutions in minutes.
- Hands-free eating, drinking, painting, drawing, reading, watching, recording, writing
- Communicating and using a cellphone
- Low cost mounting solutions for wheelchairs, walkers, canes and crutches
- Holding a pen, marker, paint brush, stylus, drumsticks, tooth brush, hair brush, garden rake, phone
- Low cost Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) solutions
- Adaptions for blindness, low vision, deaf and hard of hearing
- Modifications for intellectual disabilities and executive function impairments
- Reaching and carrying objects
- and so much more
Participants (including physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, assistive technology specialists and special education teachers) will learn new innovative ways to use InstaMorph, Coroplast, Corner Guard, Expanded PVC, Loc-Line, Transparency Film, and 10 specialty tapes to make hundreds of solutions in minutes.
Each participant will make five different assistive technology solutions to take home with them.
- Identify at least 10 different materials that can be used to create hundreds of AT devices in minutes.
- Identify at least 30 different AT devices that can be made in five minutes or less.
- Make five different multiuse AT devices for maximizing independence at home, school, work and play.
Therese Willkomm, Ph.D.
Dr. Willkomm is the Director of New Hampshire’s State Assistive Technology Program with the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy where she teaches eight different Assistive Technology courses and oversees the Graduate Certificate in Assistive Technology. She is known nationally and internationally for her innovative strategies for creating solutions in minutes. She has designed and fabricated over two thousand solutions for individuals with disabilities including her patented A.T. Pad Stand, a multiuse assistive technology mounting device. She has presented her work in 42 states, nine foreign countries and three U.S. Territories; has written 22 assistive technology related publications including her new book titled: “Assistive Technology Solutions in Minutes – Book 2 – Ordinary Items, Extraordinary Solutions.
This course is offered for 0.8 CEUs. (8 hours)
Nebraska Physical Therapy Association (NPTA) CEUs
Physical Therapy department
UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI)
- Registration includes lunch and 5 items that you will make and take home.
- This workshop has space for 100 registrants.
- Registrations end 9/5/19 at 12 p.m. or when the course is full.
Storz Pavilion – Lower level of Nebraska Medicine – Clarkson Tower
4350 Dewey Avenue
Directions and Parking
Parking and shuttle information will be emailed at a later date.