Over a year in the making, we are excited to bring you this new workshop.
Switches are a big part of our lives and are how we interact with our environment. For people who have physical disabilities, operating switches can often be difficult. From the world renowned physicist like Dr. Stephen Hawking, to the youngest child just beginning to learn the properties of cause and effect, switch access can provide opportunities for active participation, interaction, and control. There are switches that can be activated by anything from the kick of a leg, to the transmission of an electronic impulse through a nerve or muscle, to a change in brain wave patterns.
In this workshop you will learn both high tech and low tech solutions. We will begin by discussing switch assessment, placement and selection. There will be over 20 commercially available switches for you to see and try out. We will soon progress to the DIY portion of the workshop where you will learn to inexpensively make several different types of adapted switches. As your skill level develops throughout the day, we will finish by learning about how to hard wire battery operated products and circumvent circuit boards to work with adapted switches. You will be able to proclaim that you are a certified geek after the workshop!
You will leave with an impressive tool box that will give you all of the supplies and tools needed to create your own switches and adaptations after the workshop. Your toolbox will have everything from a soldering iron to a multimeter. The workshop also includes continental breakfast and a box lunch.
Cost $325 per person
New Dates will be added soon!
Note: Soldering will be demonstrated by the instructor . Due to insurance reasons, participants will not solder during the workshop. However they will leave with all of the equipment and necessary skills to solder at home.
Registration fee is non-refundable. If for any reason you can not attend, you can have someone else attend in your place. Please notify us as soon as possible if a substitution is required.
Approved for 6.5 contact hours through Georgia Occupational Therapy Association (GOTA), Physical Therapy Association of Georgia (PTAG) and the University of Georgia Continuing Education.
Note: If you received a postcard in the mail if reflected PTAG approval was pending. The workshop has since been approved.
Rebecca Brightwell is the Associate Director of the Institute on Human Development and Disability (IHDD) at the University of Georgia. IHDD is a large research, education and outreach department at UGA that focuses on developmental disabilities. She also serves as the Co-Director of the Farm Again/AgrAbility grant project. She has vast experience with assistive technology applications and business planning for individuals with disabilities.