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Stanford Assistive Technology Course – Open to the public – A Rolling Opportunity

Uploaded: Apr 8, 2016
One of the hidden gems happening every January – mid-March on Stanford campus is David Jaffe’s Perspectives in Assistive Technology
(ENGR110/210) course. This course explores the design, development, and use of technology that benefits people with disabilities and older adults.

This course may be of particular interest to seniors who are facing mobility or other physical challenges that sometimes occur when growing older. It’s also of great interest to mechanical engineering aficionados who like to be involved in solving real-life challenges. Mr Jaffe solicits ideas from those who could benefit from his students’ solutions and uses some of these suggestions as projects for his students to collaborate on.

Of particular interest is the final class “party” where students demonstrate their completed final projects (and food id served.) I attended that class last month and particularly enjoyed interacting with the students and fellow class auditors. One retired fellow had been attending every class for the past 4 years.

Community members are welcome to attend ALL classroom lectures. You need not be a Stanford student to attend, no signup is required, and there is no charge. Lectures are held on Tuesdays and Thursday from 4:30 to 5:50pm in Classroom 110 in the Thornton Center.

List of Speakers and Topics (2016)
• David L. Jaffe, MS - Course Overview & Introduction to Assistive Technology
• Project Pitches & Team Formation - Assistive Technology Project Suggestions
• Gayle Curtis - Needfinding and Context Discovery for Assistive Technologies
• Deborah E. Kenney, MS OTR/L - Bridging the Gap between Consumers and Products in Rehabilitation Medicine
• Stanford Students with a Disability - Perspectives of Stanford Students with a Disability
• Gary M. Berke, MS CP FAAOP - Issues of Human Interface Design
• Barbara Knickerbocker Beskind - A Personal and Historical Perspective on Creative Thinking and Design with a Focus on Seniors
• Katherine Strausser, PhD - The Design and Control of Exoskeletons for Rehabilitation
• Olenka Villarreal - Tour of Magical Bridge Playground
• Peter W. Axelson, MSME ATP RET - Designing Beyond the Norm to Meet the Needs of All People
• Graham H. Creasey, MD, FRCSEd - Tour of VA Palo Alto Spinal Cord Injury and Brain Injury Services
• Jonathan R. Sills, PhD - Assistive Technologies: The Benefits for Returnees
• Rob Karlovich & Ahmad Al-Ghazi - Perspectives on Bringing New Assistive Technology Products to Market
• Various Vendors - Assistive Technology Faire
• Jessica Rose, PhD & Katelyn Cahill-Rowley - Tour of Motion & Gait Analysis Lab (Menlo Park)
• Jules Sherman - Role of Aesthetics in the Design of Assistive Technology Devices
• Sha Yao - Eatwell Tableware Set
• Movie Screening - Fixed: The Science / Fiction of Human Enhancement
• Ralf Hotchkiss - Wheelchair Fabrication in Developing Countries
If you require a disability-related accommodation to participate in the course, please contact Mr Jaffe: dljaffe@stanford.edu. Requests should be made at least two weeks in advance.
Hope to see you there next year!

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