Subject: Assistive Technology - What is it? What do I need? How do I get it?
ginettep at seals.org
Fri May 3 09:36:09 PDT 2002
Multiple Sclerosis Helping Hands
Speaker: Teresa Valois
Subject: Assistive Technology - What is it? What do I need? How do I get
Teresa is a registered Occupational Therapist and a Certified Driver
Rehabilitation Specialist. She has worked in the field of rehabilitation for
25 years, mostly with adults with a variety of disabilities and conditions.
Her specialty area is driver training with adaptive equipment, personal
mobility and transportation.
She is originally from Pasadena, California and came to the Pacific
Northwest in 1969 to attend college. She currently lives in Seattle, has a
big Airedale Terrier dog, and her recreational activities include sailing,
hiking, camping, kayaking, gardening, sewing, entertaining, and cooking.
Teresa does Yoga and tap dance for fitness and to maintain a balance in her
She worked at the University of Washington Medical Center, Department of
Rehabilitation Medicine for 16 years, and continues to be a guest lecturer
in the Occupational Therapy Curriculum.
Teresa spent 10 years in a private practice, C. Gerald Warren and
Associates, specializing in Assistive Technology Service delivery.
For the last 3 years she has worked at the VA Medical Center in Seattle, in
the services of spinal cord injury, MS and driver training with veterans.
She recently did research regarding the use of multiple systems using a
functional scale to determine when persons with MS need to use power
mobility and should have driver training services.
In October 2001, Teresa joined PROVAIL, Therapeutic and Assistive
Technology. PROVAIL is a non-profit organization dedicated to the mission
to assist people with disabilities and injuries to achieve maximum
As an occupational Therapist, she evaluates and develops treatment goals to
enable people to have a level of skill, independence and safety in their
home, use of mobility devices, determining the necessary accommodations at
work and for transportation.
Her presentation will describe types of Assistive Technology, some off the
shelf, some customized, to meet the needs of individuals. She will review
the evaluation process, how equipment can be selected and tried, then
justified for purchase.
There will be a discussion and answer period with the goal to personalize
and assist the audience in participation.
If you need transportation to the meeting, contact Bill Brayer by Friday,
MSHH SG MEETINGS
Tuesday, May 7, 2002
St. Matthew Lutheran Church
8330 212th St. S.W.
Edmonds, WA 98026
For information contact
Bill Brayer (206) 546-6431
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