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New Assistive Technology Program Helps Patients With Disabilities

MeritCare Occupational Therapy has recently initiated a new assistive technology assessment and treatment program with a grant from the MeritCare Foundation. Assistive technology promotes greater functional independence for people with disabilities. It helps compensate for the effects of disability - loss of speech, paralysis, incoordination, visual impairment, weakness and cognitive problems - in an active and positive manner.

MeritCare Occupational Therapy has recently initiated a new assistive technology assessment and treatment program with a grant from the MeritCare Foundation. Assistive technology promotes greater functional independence for people with disabilities. It helps compensate for the effects of disability - loss of speech, paralysis, incoordination, visual impairment, weakness and cognitive problems - in an active and positive manner.

Tim Iverson is an inpatient on the rehabilitation unit who sustained a spinal cord injury resulting in quadriplegia. He has limited use of his upper extremities but through the use of assistive technology is now able to control his environment (TV, telephone, etc.) maneuver his wheelchair, and use a computer. Tim now has a clearer picture of the assistive technologies he is going to need on discharge to help him maximize his independence.