The primary function of rehabilitation technology is to help people with disabilities overcome barriers. These barriers may exist at home, at school or in the workplace.
Sometimes the solution is simple, like changing the height of a desk; sometimes it is more
complicated, like modifying a vehicle to be operated by a person who has had an amputation.
The staff includes rehabilitation engineers and a rehabilitation technology specialist. These professionals provide consultation, assessment, design and fabrication for VR clients who are referred by their local counselors.
Once a case is opened, a technologist meets with the client to do a full assessment of their individual needs.
Recommendations are then given as to appropriate technology that can be used to overcome barriers and help the client compete successfully in the employment market.
The program provides services that include job accommodation; computer access; mobility, seating and positioning; telecommunications; sensory aids and devices; vehicle/ driving modification; home modification; and aids for daily living.
Job accommodation helps clients overcome physical barriers on the job. A job-site evaluation
addresses any problems that relate directly to the client’s ability to perform specific tasks or worksite accessibility.
Information technology offers our clients an opportunity to join the competitive job market.
Adaptive devices and alternative methods of input can open the door to those opportunities.
Mobility, seating and positioning
A seating adjustment or the addition of a mobility device can improve both comfort and productivity on the job. This includes our clients who use wheelchairs and scooters.
Vehicle/ driving modification
Many of our clients who are work-ready lack appropriate transportation. A rehabilitation
technology professional might recommend vehicle modifications that would provide a level of independence not previously possible.
Sensory aids and devices
Clients with significant sensory impairments, such as hearing deficiencies, can be evaluated and provided with recommendations that will increase their potential for employment.
In addition, home modification and aids for daily living that help the client become more independent and better prepared to go to work can also be evaluated. This might reveal physical barriers that present a hindrance to employment, such as a lack of grab-bars in restrooms, narrow doorways or access to entrance and exit doors.
Aids for daily living
Assistive devices and aids used to manage a client’s health-related issues also may be evaluated.