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
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WIHD Assistive Technology Services

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.


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.


AT equipment is available for loan to the following individuals:

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.

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

Elyse Goldshein, MS, CCC, SLP
Coordinator: Operations (Senior Speech Language Pathologist/AAC Expert)

Elyse Goldshein 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 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.

Gemma White, MS, CCC, SLP
Coordinator: Clinical (Speech Language Pathologist/AAC Expert)

Gemma White is a speech-language pathologist with over 20 years of experience working with children and adults who use AAC systems. She graduated from the University College London in 2002. After moving to NYC she worked at the McCarton Center for Developmental Pediatrics as part of a multidisciplinary team working with children aged 3 to 22, who had significant, multiple disabilities with a focus on Autism Spectrum Disorders. She opened her NYC-based private practice, A Spoonful of Sugar, in 2007. Gemma is affiliated with the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) where she serves on the Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Special Interest Group 12: Professional Development Committee. Gemma is also a member of the Royal College of Speech Language Therapists (RCSLT) in the UK.

Gemma has been involved in the development and improvement of several leading AAC apps over the last 15 years as technology has become more available. Gemma has shared her clinical expertise as a presenter for Apple. She has run numerous continuing education courses for speech language pathologists and presented for multidisciplinary audiences nationally and internationally including the ATIA international technology conference. Gemma joined WIHD Assistive Technology team in 2019.

Beth Heyd

Jessica Hangach

Breda Maccurta MS, OTR/L, ATP
Karen Van Den Heuvel, MS, OTR/L
Alyana Becker, MS, OTR/L

Ninette Smith, B.OT, OTA

Rebecca Eisenberg, MS, CCC-SLP
Kimberly Neal, MS, CCC-SLP
Jessica McGovern, MS, CCC-SLP