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CR-LDR-29: Universal Design for Living: AT Adaptations for Unique Environments

As AT specialists we are often asked to conduct assessments and screenings for specific individuals, to consider tools and strategies to support their specific needs. However, how often are we asked to take a broader perspective and examine the whole environment, to consider the needs of multiple people? Could setting up the environment to support multiple people minimize the need to support as many people individually? In this session we will highlight unique challenges and solutions in designing environments within a team approach using real cases. These cases include plans to adapt a horse riding stable into a Paralympic training and riding facility, an assisted living facility to include sensory/memory rooms for aging residents, a church that wanted to expand their membership by being more disability inclusive beyond just ADA requirements, and a men’s shelter occupied in a historic building.

Learning Objectives

  • First Learning Objective: Describe the 6 steps to complete an environmental assessment that support individuals with disabilities within various environments.
  • Second Learning Objective: Discuss the two benefits of conducting environmental assessments as a team approach.
  • Third Learning Objective: Discuss the benefits and challenges of conducting environmental assessments by reviewing four actual assessment cases.

Target Audience
Accessibility Professional; ADA Coordinator; Administrators; AT Specialists; Caregivers; Consumers/Individuals with Disabilities; Consultants/Trainers; Disability Services; Educators; Faculty/Instructors - Higher Education; Family Members; Government/Non-Profit Agencies; Occupational Therapists; Physical Therapists; Rehab Therapists; Speech-Language Pathologists; Teachers of the Visually Impaired; Visual Impairment Specialists; Vocational Rehabilitation

Experience Level

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Professional Area

ATIA 2020 Conference Recording
This course was given at the ATIA 2020 Conference on Friday, January 31, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Continuing Education Credits
For Satisfactory Completion and Continuing Education information, please visit: ATIA Online Education CEUs

Start date of ASHA CEUs offering: 4/1/2020
Type: ASHA
Number of ASHA CEU Hours: 1.0 Number of ASHA CEUs: 0.1

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

This course is also offered for the following CE Provider Credits:
For: 0.1 CEU Units.

Cindy George
Online Assistive Technology Program: George Mason University
Cindy L. George is the Director for Virginia’s statewide AIM project. She is a member of the faculty at George Mason University and teaches in the online assistive technology masters and certificate programs. She has worked extensively in the field as an assistive technologist for many years.
Relevant Financial Relationship: Yes
Salary from employment
Relevant Non-Financial Relationship: No

Marci Kinas Jerome

Online Assistive Technology Program: George Mason University
Dr. Kinas Jerome is an Associate Professor at George Mason University specializing in the areas of severe disabilities (SD) and assistive technology. Together with her responsibilities as the project coordinator for a statewide collaborative training grant and PI of the AIM-VA project, she serves as coordinator/instructor of both the assistive technology certificate/masters program and the special education adapted curriculum licensure/masters program in the Graduate School of Education at GMU.
Relevant Financial Relationship: Yes
Salary from employment
Relevant Non-Financial Relationship: No