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Table of Contents

Getting it all together to take it on the road:

Overview of Workshop 

PPT Slide

PPT Slide

Device Mounting Systems

Hands- On Practice

Clinical Issues in Switch Mounts

Beyond Mounting - Integration of Power Mobility with other technology

Integrated or Distributed Controls

Integrated or Distributed Controls

Computer Access

Integrated Computer Usage

Battery Life

Battery Adapters

Daedalus Battery Supports

X~tender Battery Adapter

X~tender

Wireless Switch Link

Thanks to

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Getting it all together to take it on the road:

    Mounting and Integration of Assistive Technology

    Linda Petty, O.T.

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Overview of Workshop

    Introductions, needs survey

    Clinical considerations in mounting AT

    • Mounting Checklist
    • Case study

    Overview of mounting systems

    • Chart of types of mounts
    • Components of basic mount
    • Feature review of each system

PPT Slide

    Hands- on assembly of mounts

    Mixing and matching mounting systems

    Switch mounts

    • Clinical, functional and safety issues
    • Review of commercially available systems
    • Hands-on with switch mounts

    Beyond Mounting- Integration of Assistive technology



PPT Slide

    Principles of integration of control methods and electronics

    Guest presenter from ASL

    Equipment for integration- battery adapters, switch transmitters, power chair controllers

    Case studies in integrated and distributed controls/systems



Device Mounting Systems

    Feature review:

    • Access Glide System
    • Laptop/Communication System mount
    • Simplicity Wheelchair Mount
    • MyDesc and Prentke Romich systems
    • Communication Station
    • Daessy

Hands- On Practice

    Assembling Daessy and Communication Station systems and attaching to power and manual wheelchairs

    Simplicity, Laptop/Communication and Access Glide system mounts available

    Switch mounts



Clinical Issues in Switch Mounts

    Safety, esp. around face, eyes

    Stability of mount so switch will not move when needed in place

    Ability to move it out of place when needed

    Ability to position it properly, but not have it incorrectly set up by un-trained caregivers

    Choosing the correct switch for the body part, force of activation and position



Beyond Mounting - Integration of Power Mobility with other technology

    Notebook computers

    Augmentative communication aids

    Envirnomental Controls



Integrated or Distributed Controls

    Consider integrated controls if

    • the client only has one reliable access site
    • if the optimum access method is the same
    • if the client and team prefer it

    Provide for future integration of controls if

    • the condition is progressive so access may become more limited
    • changes in environment may require more AT

Integrated or Distributed Controls

    Consider multiple control sites if

    • there is better performance than with integrated control
    • access is needed from other sites than power chair, such as bed, manual chair
    • physical, visual/perceptual or cognitive factors make integration less functional/successful
    • personal preference or cost, technical limitations are against integration

Computer Access

    Can use power chair controls - ASL, Drivepoint- as a mouse emulator. Need on-screen keyboard and select option of another switch

    Can use AAC device as a computer input device - Liberator, Dynavox 2

    Can use ECU port of power chair controls to input single switch inputs for scanning, Morse code



Integrated Computer Usage

    Can use computer to program environmental controls, such as Proxi, X-10

    Can use computer as a face-to-face communication aid with sound capability and software- EZ Keys, Gus, TalkAbout, Handiware, Freestyle, Speaking Dynamically

    • usually require notebook system, sometimes with speakers/speech synthesizer

Battery Life

    Problem with 2 to 3 hour battery capacity of notebook systems

    Not advised to take power only off of one 12 Volt power chair battery

    Need to draw power evenly from the 24 volts and convert it to the power requirements of the notebook, which vary



Battery Adapters

    ASL laptop computer power source converter

    Send adapter from computer and specifications when ordering



Daedalus Battery Supports

    new products

    24 volt battery adapter

    portable, rechargeable battery pack



X~tender Battery Adapter

    24 Volt, dual channel converter

    Both voltage outputs are adjustable from 5 - 24 volts

    Wiring harnesses to connect to battery charger connection or batteries



X~tender

    Provides power from wheelchair batteries for up to two of computers, speech synthesizers or AAC devices per unit

    Bloorview MacMillan Centre - Ed Snell



Wireless Switch Link

    Infrared transmission - ASL

    Radio Frequency transmission- Bloorview Macmillan Centre



Thanks to

    Dr. Geof Webb, Daessy

    Byron Guisbert, ASL

    Michelle Lange



Thanks to

    Invacare - Tim Havel

    ASL

    Daessy

    Millers

    Words+

    Thames Valley CC



Thanks to

    Ablenet

    Tash

    Sunnyhill

    Whitmyer Biomechanix