Assistive Technology Partners has been a recipient of several federal grants through the U.S. Department of Education to provide advanced training in assistive technology. From 2005 through 2010, a personnel preparation grant focused on graduate-level training to address the shortage of personnel trained to provide assistive technology services to children with low-incidence disabilities. In those 5 years 60 graduate-level students from the fields of education, speech therapy, and occupational and physical therapy were trained to function in their service setting as an Assistive Technology Specialist and are now employed to serve that function.
Student feedback on the coursework has been very positive. One student noted, “ATP lined up a top-notch set of instructors who present the most current trends, equipment, and resources in the field of assistive technology. The pace was fast and intense. Class work included lectures, hands-on work with equipment, observations of practitioners with clients, interaction with AT developers, direction from state-level leaders, literature reviews, and research training and projects.”
ATP continues to compete for funding to increase the number of well trained AT specialists in the state of Colorado. Moreover, we are developing Masters and Doctoral level curricula specific to assistive technology with the intent of launching a new degree granting program at University of Colorado Denver.
5420 001: Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology + Lab
3 Credit Hours
Course Description: This course provides students with
an overview of technologies and their use by and for persons with disabilities.
Students will attain hands-on experience with existing technologies for power
mobility; control systems; environmental controls/smart home automation,
augmentative and alternative communication devices and alternate access to
computers. Demonstrated competencies and design elements required.
BIOE 5420 001: Introduction to Device Design for Disability and Aging:
3 Credit Hours
Course Description: This course
provides an introduction to the topic of disability and aging and the
application of bioengineering principles for persons living with functional
impairment(s) across the lifespan.
Topics include body structure and function for persons with congenital,
degenerative and acquired disabilities; the impact of contextual factors and
environment; technology and the human interface. The course will focus on human
factors of disability and aging, use case development; product design
considerations for persons with disabilities and/or aging and transdisciplinary
approaches to the application of technology across multiple environments.
Prospective Bioengineering Courses
Mechatronics and Embedded Systems
Course Description: The course focuses on the design
and construction of microprocessor-controlled electro-mechanical systems.
Lectures review critical circuit topics (Ohm’s law, RLC circuits, DC and AC
signals, diode and transistor circuits, operational amplifiers, and digital
signals), introduce microprocessor architecture and programming, discuss sensor
and actuator component selection, robotic systems, and design strategies for
complex, multi-system devices. Lab work reinforces lectures and allows hands-on
experience with robotic and embedded systems design. Students must design and
build an embedded systems device related to assistive technology. Project
expenses may be incurred ($50 maximum).
BIOE 1010 (Bioengineering Design and Prototyping I), BIOE 1020 (Bioengineering
Design and Prototyping II), BIOE 2010 (Introduction to Programming for
Bioengineers), BIOE 3010 (Bioinstrumentation), and BIOE 4063/5063 (3D Modeling
3 Credit Hours
Course Description: A human machine interface is what
permits interaction between a human being and a machine. This course focuses on
the history of human machine interfaces (both the underlying technology
and the user interface) and strategies for designing effective human machine
interfaces, especially related to assistive technology and medical devices.
Lectures review human-centered design and the iterative design process,
introduce types of human machine interfaces (graphical, voice, multimodal,
gestalt, passive, active, brain, and peripheral nerve interfaces), the
underlying technology, discuss strategies for designing human machine
interfaces that are functional, accessible, pleasant to use, logical, and safe.
Students will be required to perform case studies on existing human machine
interfaces and make recommendations for improvement related to end user
satisfaction (i.e., accessibility,
functionality and intuitiveness). Students must also design/redesign and build
a human machine interface related to assistive technology or rehabilitation.