Third Annual Conference:
Home Accessible Home
May 15, 2007
Banks Student Life Center
The Assistive Technology Research Institute at Misericordia University is a regional resource to provide information and education in the application of assistive technology and universal design principles to allow individuals with limited function to participate in their personal lives and their communities to the greatest extent possible.
The Third Annual ATRI Conference: Home Accessible Home is suited for health care professionals who must assess the home environments of their clients. It will also be useful to non-professionals who are currently or anticipate experiencing difficulties managing in their homes, or who wish to help friends or family members remain in their homes.
To Register Enrollment limited, register early.
To register please print and fill out the registration form and mail to:
Center for Adult and Continuing Education
301 Lake Street
Dallas, PA 18612
You may also call 1-866-262-6363, option 4 twice, call 570-674-6161,
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Conference fee of $65 per person includes lunch and all workshops. Group rate of three or more is $60 per person. Special rate for seniors and students is $30 per person.
Price includes CEUs.
Denis Anson, MS, OTR, RESNA Fellow
Denis Anson graduated from the University of Washington in 1980 with a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy. In 1983 he received a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Washington. In August 1997 he became an Assistant Professor at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania, and in 2005, became the Director of Research and Development of the Assistive Technology Research Institute. He has international recognition for his expertise in the application of assistive technology to occupational therapy and the process of rehabilitation. He has presented numerous papers at national, regional, and state conferences on assistive technology. He is a past member of the editorial board of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy (AJOT), and for 8 years published a newsletter on the use of computers in occupational therapy. He is a past-member of the RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America) Board of Directors and Meetings Committee, and, for more than a decade has coordinated the Computer Technology Lab at the RESNA annual conference.
In 2003, he was honored for his work in the field of assistive technology by being made a RESNA Fellow, the highest honor of the organization. In 2004, he was the Cliff Brubaker Lecturer at University of Pittsburg, and in 2006, was inducted into the RESNA Hall of Fellows.
- Banks Center
- Michael MacDowell, President, Misericordia University
- Helping People Stay Safely in their Home
- With advancing age or disability, many people feel that they are no longer able to remain in their home. This session will explore advantages of “Aging in Place,” and the features of the home that may make living difficult.
- Networking Break
- Easy and Affordable Accessibility and the Home Handyman
- Sometimes it’s the small things that wear a person down. This session will explore changes to the home that can be made at little or no cost, with a few basic tools. We will also discuss low-cost aids that can increase functional independence.
- Remodeling for Accessibility
- Knowing that a person is having difficulty is apparent. Knowing what would make his or her life easier is more challenging. This session will help the participant determine changes to the home environment to correct current problems, and avoid future problems.
- Networking Break
- Making the Right Recommendations
- Some barriers in the home are more than a handyman project. Some of these changes can be done in a way that is difficult and expensive, or in a way that is easy, and inexpensive. This session will provide information on “what’s under the skin” in the home, and how to identify and recommend changes that are relatively easy and maximize accessibility.