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IC59: Integration of Powered Mobility, AAC, & Computers

Powered chairs and augmentative communication systems, and computer access need to work together.  These systems can be integrated, but, frequently are NOT.  We will share how to configure the electronics and hardware to allow integration with AAC and computer access; and strategies needed for teaching this integration with specific individuals.

This session is supported by a company with reported interest in the sale of Assistive Technology products. The content has been reviewed by ISS personnel and determined to be appropriate for continuing education purposes.


Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to;



Karen M Kangas, OTR/L
Private Practice
Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
United States

An occupational therapist practicing for 43 years, an AT specialist for 30 years, an adjunct faculty member, Misericordia University for Seating in Pediatric Practice, in private practice specializing in individuals with complex bodies throughout the state of PA, for seating, mobility and access to AT (including AAC devices, computer access, powered mobility and environmental control), and a clinical educator, teaching workshops throughout the UNITED STATES and other countries..

Lisa Rotelli, AA of Science
Adaptive Switch Labs, Inc.
Spicewood, TX
United States

Lisa is the Director and Education Coordinator of Adaptive Switch Labs, Inc. Lisa trained in physical therapy in rehabilitation. She became a manufacturer’s representative in powered mobility and was one of the first women in the industry. For over 20 years, she has been a key developer, inventor, and manufacturer at ASL for alternative access to assistive technology. She teaches therapists, suppliers, and manufacturers on product use, programming of powered chairs and integration of systems.



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    2. Romich, Hobson, LoPresti, Spaeth, & Creech (n.d.). Integration of Electronic External Devices for Powered Mobility Systems. RERC-I, Final report, 1993-8.
    3. Dugan, Millborne, Campbell, & Wilcox (2004). Evidence Based Practice in Assistive Technology.  Tots’n Tech Research Institute, Research Brief. 1(5).

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