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.

TECHNOLOGY LOAN PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Beth Heyd

PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Jessica Hangach

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS
Brenda Maccurta MS, OTR/L
Karen Van Den Heuvel, MS OTR/L

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANTS
Ninette Smith, B.OT, OTA

SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS
Rebecca Eisenberg, MS, CCC, SLP
Elyse Goldshein, MS, CCC, SLP
Kimberly Neal, MS, CCC-SLP