Cedarwood Hall, Valhalla, NY
(914) 493-1317
ATP@WIHD.org

AT LOAN PROGRAM
Phone: 914-493-7364
Email: bheyd@wihd.org

Assistive Technology at WIHD

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What is Assistive Technology? Any piece of equipment that helps people with disabilities improve their ability to perform everyday tasks:

  • Seating, positioning, and mobility
  • Activities of daily living (eating, dressing, bathing)
  • Play and recreational activities
  • Communication
  • Learning, writing, reading, and computer access

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM (ATP) The Assistive Technology Program at WIHD consists of a number of services conducted by our multi-disciplinary team of professionals: occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, educators, and other specialists. Our team collaborates with individuals and their families, caregivers, teachers, and/or related service providers to identify assistive technology devices, adaptations, and strategies to improve mobility, communication, computer access, access to the school curriculum, or control over the environment.

Who can use the Assistive Technology Program?

  • Individuals of all ages with disabilities of all types
  • Family members
  • School or program administrators
  • Service providers
  • Speech-language pathologists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists
  • Educators
  • Psychologists
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Employers and other professionals
  • General public
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WIHD Assistive Technology Services

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY EVALUATIONS
The Assistive Technology Program Team conducts evaluations for individuals across the lifespan for the following: reading and writing, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), computer access, academic support as well as positioning of equipment.

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY TRAINING

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
Customized technical assistance can be provided for the use of assistive technology devices for any individual or for any group that serves clients across their lifespan.

LOAN PROGRAMS
AT equipment is available for loan to the following individuals:

SWAT TEAMS: SCHOOLS IN WESTCHESTER ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY TEAMS: LEARN MORE
The Assistive Technology Program Team works with school district administrators and educators to design tailor-made programs that fulfill the needs of the individual school district. This 3-part process includes:

  • Needs Assessment and Training
  • Consultations for specific students
  • Loan Program

DIRECT SERVICES
Speech-Language Pathologists on the Assistive Technology Team can provide direct speech, language, and communication services to clients through the Speech and Hearing clinic at WIHD. Occupational Therapists on the team can provide direct occupational therapy services to students in school through separate contracts with school districts.

LOWER HUDSON VALLEY REGIONAL TECHNOLOGY CENTER
TRAID is a federally-funded program administered by the NYS Commission on Quality of Care that supports our program by providing no-cost information, device demonstrations, loans, training, and technical assistance and advocacy on how to obtain and use assistive technology devices and services for residents of Westchester, Putnam, and Rockland Counties.

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Resources

GENERAL ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY
Closing the Gap: Resource directory for hardware, software and organizations for special education and rehabilitation; the organization also has an annual conference.
http://www.closingthegap.com

COMPUTER ACCESS

AUGMENTATIVE AND ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATION

  • YAACK:  A website that covers Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and young children. http://aac.unl.edu/yaack
  • ISAAC:  The International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) works to improve the lives of children and adults who use AAC. http://www.isaac-online.org/english/home

 

Contact

Phone:  914-493-1317
Fax: 914-493-3964
Email: ATP@WIHD.org

AT LOAN PROGRAM
Phone: 914-493-7364
Email: bheyd@wihd.org 

Location

Cedarwood Hall
Valhalla, NY
Map and driving directions – CLICK HERE

Meet Our Assistive Technology Team

IZEL OBERMEYER, OTR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST
Director, Assistive Technology Program
Izel have been with the Assistive Technology Program since 2006 and am the director of the program. She is an occupational therapist working part time in a school district in Westchester, and part time at the AT program. Her experience includes many different practice areas in a number of different countries. She has been working towards assisting schools and students with integrating effective technology solutions into the classroom to help students learn. She has helped develop a number of AT teams within schools in the area and is also the coordinator of many college graduate level courses in Assistive Technology, as well as professional development training for professionals working with individuals with disabilities.

members of the assistive technology team

KAREN VAN DEN HEUVEL, MS OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
Karen Van Den Heuvel has been with WIHD since 2000, helping to find innovative computer access solutions for people who have physical and/or learning challenges. Matching current technology to the strengths and needs of the client is an exciting process, which can result in true quality of life changes and independence.

BREDA MACCURTA, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
Breda MacCurta has been in the profession of occupational therapy since 2001. She is experienced in working with children of all ages having been working in Early Intervention, pre-schools and the K-12 school system for over 10 years. Mrs. MacCurta has assisted students with gross and fine motor delays, sensory difficulties, visual perceptual and attention issues. She also provides assistive technology supports to students within their education environment. MacCurta joined the team at WIHD in 2009.

NINETTE SMITH, B.OT, OTA
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Ninette Smith has a Bachelors degree in Occupational Therapy from Pretoria University in South Africa and is also qualified in Sensory Integration. She have over 20 years experience working with children and adults in various settings in South Africa. She has specialized in the treatment of children with developmental delays that include gross and fine motor problems, visual perceptual problems and concentration issues. She has since relocated to New York and joined the team at WIHD in 2011. Currently she works with children in the New York State School System.

BETH HEYD
Technology Loan Program Coordinator
Beth Heyd has been the coordinator of our Birth to Five Assistive Technology Loan Program for over 20 years. She also organizes our Senior Loan Program which focuses on technology that assists seniors to stay in their home community. Additionally, Beth manages our Loan Program for the Commission for the Blind.

JESSICA HANGACH
Program Coordinator