Assistive Technology

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The Assistive Technology Program (ATP) 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.

Assistive Technology
Cedarwood Hall, Valhalla, NY
914-493-1317
atp@WIHD.org

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Assistive Technology Resources

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
914-493-7364
bheyd@wihd.org

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.

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
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

Meet Our Assistive Technology Team

IZEL OBERMEYER, OTR/L, FAOTA, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST
Director, Assistive Technology Program

Izel Obermeyer is the director of the program and oversees all of its numerous initiatives.  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 coordinates all graduate level assistive technology courses, which are being taught for masters programs in special education, for a number of colleges in the area, as well as professional development training for professionals working with individuals with disabilities.  She is involved in the development of smart technology initiatives within WIHD and is an active advocate for assistive technology inclusion in schools.  She often presents papers at conferences, colleges and schools.

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 has 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

REBECCA EISENBERG, MS, CCC, SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

Rebecca Eisenberg, MS, CCC, SLP is a speech language pathologist who graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2001. She has worked in a variety of settings including public and private schools, day habilitation programs, universities, clinics, home care and various child care settings. She has been specializing in the area of Augmentative and Alternative Communication for over fifteen years and has worked with children and adults with varying disabilities and ages. She currently teaches graduate classes in the area of AAC for the past eight years at local colleges and universities in the New York Area. Publications include various games for children with special needs, a workbook and a children’s book.

ELYSE GOLDSHEIN, MS, CCC, SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

Elyse Goldshein, M.S., CCC-SLP is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist who joined the WIHD team in 2016. She has experience working with early intervention through adult populations. Elyse specializes in Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Elyse has worked in special needs schools including early intervention, CPSE and school aged (5-21 years) as well as private practice and in home care. She has experience with a wide variety of augmentative communication devices and enjoys working with positioning and access to the technology alongside the Occupational Therapist. Elyse evaluates clients across the lifespan related to augmentative/alternative communication needs, as well as carrying out community training and providing technical assistance when needed. Elyse consults with school districts within the county related to communication and language goals within the education environment as well as providing training/therapy to clients within the clinical setting at WIHD.

Kimberly Neal, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

Kimberly Neal MS, CCC-SLP is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist who joined the WIHD team in 2016. She graduated in 2008 from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She has experience working with early intervention through adult populations. Kimberly became interested in working with AAC when she was working at a school for children with Cerebral Palsy.  Kimberly has worked across various settings including home care; special needs schools and day programs. Kimberly evaluates clients for AAC across the lifespan as well as provides on-going therapy. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two young boys.