Saint Francis University's CERMUSA IT Staff Conduct Assistive Technology Demonstrations for Students
On June 5, 2008, twenty-nine students from Saint Francis University’s (SFU) Occupational Therapy program participated in an assistive technology demonstration program conducted by CERMUSA. The program was held at CERMUSA’s satellite office, the National Telerehabilitation Service System (NTSS), in its Software Testing and Evaluation Laboratory.
CERMUSA Information Technology (IT) staff coordinated the event with The Center for Assistive and Rehabilitative Technology and Amy Hudkins, SFU Occupational Therapy Teaching Assistant.
The program included an informational presentation on Microsoft Accessibility Resource Centers (the NTSS was designated as one of 46 MARC centers in 2006). MARC provides technology training and assistance to people with a variety of difficulties and disabilities that affect computer use.
In addition, CERMUSA IT staff demonstrated the following assistive technologies (on loan courtesy of Pennsylvania's Assistive Technlogy Lending Library): augmentative and alternative communication devices, items for the hearing impaired, adaptive writing utensils, an environmental control unit, a variety of adaptive computer access technologies, and adaptive equipment for performing dressing and kitchen tasks.