ADAPTIVE COMPUTING LAB
The mission of the ACLab is to provide assessment and training in computer use in an effort to facilitate community integration and improve quality of life. Our vision is to create an environment that will promote the use of technology among people with disabilities and ensure that individual needs are matched with appropriate technology.
To achieve our mission and vision, we adopted the following approach for fostering technology use among disabled: 1) encourage access to technology, 2) increase participation in the use of technology, and 3) improve function and health. We believe that assessment and training in our ACLab are crucial for achieving the first two critical steps.
Assessments and training are available to all patients who receive care at Methodist Rehab Center and our Specialty Care Center.
George Gober, Assistive Technology Associate, staffs
the ACLab. Gober came to Methodist in 2007 to set up
the ACLab. He has certifications in Assistive Technology
(ATACP from Cal-State Northridge and Certificate of
Assistive Technology from Louisiana Tech), graduate
level courses in Biomedical Engineering, and computing
certifications (A+, Net+, MCP, and MCSA). He has eight
years of adaptive computing experience in a state Vocational
Rehab for the Blind agency, a private rehabilitation
facility, and a federal Tech Act Project.
The ACLab calls upon staff Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists and Neuro-Psychologists for their input. A Therapeutic Recreation Specialist assists Gober in the adaptive computing training and oversees recreational computer use. Additional support for the interface of wheelchair and adaptive computing devices is provided by MRC’s Assistive Technology Clinic and the Biomedical Engineering Department, including custom-made adaptations.
The ACLab was created and equiped in 2008 with an Excelerator Grant from AT&T. In 2010 the capabilities of the ACLab were greatly enhanced the addition of adaptive hardware and sofware with a $37,500 grant from the Neilsen Foundation. For more information about that grant, see page five of the Methodist Rehabilitation Ways and Means "Now I Can..." Edition. A PDF download of the publication is available below.
The Adaptive Computing Lab features:
5 variable height computer workstations
multiple computer platforms: Windows and Mac, iPad, desktops, laptops
50+ adaptive and alternative keyboards and mice
physical input orthotics; handsticks, mouthsticks and headsticks; conductive othotics for iDevices
50+ adaptive software programs and apps
mounting devices for tables and wheelchair, rolling mounts
For more information regarding the Adaptive Computing Lab contact:
George Gober at firstname.lastname@example.org.