RST CE Seminars

9th Virtual Grand Rounds - Computer Access/Applications for Veterans with Polytrauma

Recorded on June 23, 2011

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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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Computer Access/Applications is a term usually used to refer to a specialized group of hardware and software designed to enable individuals with a wide range of disabilities to use a personal computer. The two primary areas to be addressed for effective computer access are: mouse operation (i.e. pointing and clicking) and text entry, in addition to the variety of commercially available products will be examined. Computer applications/programs specifically designed for individuals with Polytrauma will also be explored.  Computer access/applications can facilitate a return to work, or school and can provide a means to produce written output and/or to access printed materials.  Lastly, in terms of implementation a few case studies will also be examined.


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Learning objectives:

Upon attending this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify commercially available alternative mouse options
  • Recognize some of the commercially available means of text entry
  • Describe at least 2 programs/applications designed to assist individuals with learning disabilities that include head injuries and visual deficits
  • Identify key factors to consider when recommending a computer access solution


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