Opportunity to test Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology Partners is looking for people with hand weakness or limited hand coordination to participate in a 90-minute focus group to discuss the merits and limitations of a product for phone and tablet users.  The product is an attachment to phones and tablets that is designed to provide the user an alternate way to hold their device, as well as provide a means to position the device in a tilted orientation on a flat surface when it is not being held.

Possible diagnoses for participants would include multiple sclerosis, arthritis, stroke, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, or functional impairment due to upper extremity injury.

During the focus group discussion, participants will asked to inspect and handle samples of the product mounted on phones and tablets.  In addition, some of the samples will still be in the package they come in when purchased.

Participants will be asked a structured set of questions on their thoughts and feelings about the product and its usefulness.  There will also be moderated discussions with the group about the value of the product, and other possible uses for it.

As compensation for your time and effort, participants will be given a $50 gift card at the completion of the focus group discussion. We will be asking people who are interested what days would work best for them before deciding on a date and time.

If you are interested or have any questions, please call or email.

Greg McGrew

Assistive Technology Partners

Bioengineering Department

University of Colorado Denver

Greg.mcgrew@ucdenver.edu

303-315-1289

Family Mental Health

Family Mental Health Begins with Parents
Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

http://bit.ly/2FvHKfF

Many parents experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. Likewise, the majority of individuals living with mental illnesses are parents. Families are the focus of mental health promotion, mental illness prevention, treatment & rehabilitation. Learn about different types of interventions for parents with mental illness and their families, the advantages of leveraging access to mainstream resources, and the need to enhance existing practices to make them parent-informed and family-focused. Recognize the importance of parenting and families in promoting community inclusion, and the contribution of community inclusion to rehabilitation and recovery.

Advocates Needed for Interviews

State Legislators and Advocates Needed for Interviews
http://heller.brandeis.edu/parents-with-disabilities/
Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities and Their Families is conducting interviews with individuals who have worked on state legislation to protect the rights of parents with disabilities and their children. Qualified participants must speak English, be 18 years or older, and have been involved with state legislation related to parents with disabilities as a legislator, legislative staff, advocate, attorney, or child welfare professional. Participants involved in pending legislation may also qualify. Information gathered from these interviews will be used to develop technical resources for advocates and legislators. For more information or to participate in an interview, contact Robyn Powell, JD, at rpowell@brandeis.edu.

Making Colorado a better place for children and youth with special health care needs