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3rd Virtual Grand Rounds,
“Environmental Control Unites/Electronic Aids to Daily Living for People with Polytrauma”

Recorded on: December 17, 2009

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John Coltellaro, MS, ATP

John is a United States Air Force Veteran who has been working in the field of Rehabilitation Engineering since 1990 with a focus on direct service delivery to individuals with disabilities. John is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science & Technology at the University of Pittsburgh and assessed individuals for computer access, worksite modifications, and ECUs through the Center for Assistive Technology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. John holds a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering, a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and an Associate’s Degree in Electronics Technology. He has been a member of RESNA since 1990, and was ATP (Assistive Technology Professional) certified in 1997.

Note: Faculty for this activity have been required to disclose all relationships with any proprietary entity producing health care goods or services, with the exemption of nonprofit or government organizations and non-healthcare related companies.

* No conflicts have been disclosed.

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Environmental Control Units (also referred to as Electronic Aides to Daily Living) are specialized assistive technologies designed to enable an individual to operate many household appliances and electronics if he or she cannot use the standard controls. For example, if an individual cannot access a standard light switch, an ECU could provide an alternative way for the individual to turn the lights on and off. Another example would be if someone had difficulty accessing and/or using the telephone. Once again, an ECU could provide a different way for the individual to use the telephone. ECU’s can also provide alternative controls for the television, cable box, DVD player, stereo, heating/air conditioning, fans, doors, etc.

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Learning objectives:

Upon attending this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the main components of an Environmental Control System
  • Recognize some of the Commercially Available Environmental Control Units
  • Differentiate between Stand Alone and Integrated ECU Systems
  • Characterize the common Inputs and Outputs of an Environmental Control System
  • Identify the key factors to consider when recommending an Environmental Control System


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CEU Registration and Program Cost

0.15 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be awarded to individuals for attending 1.5 hours of instruction.

Cost: $59

*Instructions for processing payment to receive CEUs

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You will receive a payment confirmation via e-mail. Please note you will only be able to access the post test and evaluation to receive CEU's if you have paid for the course.

After viewing the program:

Instructions for completing the online course evaluation.

  1. To complete the online post test and evaluation, go to the RST CE homepage at:
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You will receive your CEU Certificate via emailed pdf.

The University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences awards Continuing Education Units to individuals who enroll in certain educational activities. The CEU is designated to give recognition to individuals who continue their education in order to keep up-to-date in their profession. (One CEU is equivalent to 10 hours of participation in an organized continuing education activity). Each person should claim only those hours of credit that he or she actually spent in the educational activity.

The University of Pittsburgh is certifying the educational contact hours of this program and by doing so is in no way endorsing any specific content, company, or product. The information presented in this program may represent only a sample of appropriate interventions. ). Each person should claim only those hours of credit that he or she actually spent in the educational activity.


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