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Assistive Technology EXPO 2011 September 8-9, 2011

AT EXPO 2011

 

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Vicki Souter with Kansas Assistive Technology explains how the Assistive Technology (A.T.) Expo works and how it effects people.

With more than 90 exhibits of assistive technology, durable medical equipment and solutions for home, community, work and school, people with chronic health conditions and disabilities, family members, educators, independent living counselors, transitions specialists, vocational rehabilitation counselors, rehabilitation professionals and others will find the assistive technology solutions they need and want.

" You are going to get a hands on with items like mobility. They are actually going to have booth set up where you can go out and try different solutions. Like wheelchairs and lifts that sort of thing.", Vicki explained. "They have set up a course."

 

The advantage of being able to handle the equipment and compare items side by side is very helpful in accomplishing the A.T. mission. It is, "Let people try things out so they can make informed decisions."

This large of an expo creates an opportunity for people to see items that might not have in each individual access site.

A.T. EXPO Conference workshops on technology solutions include employment, recreation, active living and more. Additionally, CEUs through KDHE, KSHA and CRC are available. However if a person is interested in attending only the booths and learning about the technology that is also encouraged.

Solutions are available to help and you can see many of them at the Assistive Technology for Kansans AT EXPO 2011: Active Living, Learning and Working with Assistive Technology - Conference & Exhibit Hall in Topeka on September 8-9.

A Kansas executive attended an AT Expo and saw a standing wheelchair, talked with the vendor and tried it out. He liked it and worked with his health insurance providers to acquire it after the Expo. He shared, “I’ve had a spinal cord injury for over twenty years and I learned things and saw so much.”

You can get your hands on current technology including: vans with adapted lifts & hand controls; memory aids; power and manual mobility devices; standing wheelchairs; eye gaze access for computers; communication devices; adapted hunting, fishing & sports equipment; screen reader and other software; educational software; ceiling lifts; devices for dressing, cooking and much more.

AT EXPO hours are Thursday, Sept. 8 from Noon – 6:00 PM and Friday, Sept. 9, 8:00 AM – 3 PM at the Topeka Expocentre, One Expocentre Drive, Topeka, Kansas. The AT EXPO Exhibit Hall is open to the public and tickets are $10 at the door, includes door prizes.

Go to www.regonline.com/atexpo2011 for conference details.

Sponsored by Assistive Technology for Kansans, Kansas Equipment Exchange (KEE), Kansas AgrAbility, KATCO, Kansas Inservice Training System (KITS), KU Life Span Institute at Parsons. Additional funding provided by Kansas Infant Toddler Services and Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities.