Colorado State Occupational Therapy Research Symposium April 5 Looks at Overcoming Disabilities Through Technology

The Department of Occupational Therapy and the Information Science and Technology Center at Colorado State University will host the 2004 Occupational Therapy Research Symposium: Next Generation – Science and Technology on April 5.

The event will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in the North Ballroom and Virginia Dale Room of the Lory Student Center on campus. The symposium is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.

The day’s events will focus on the use of technology to support and enhance the quality of everyday living for those who have experienced a disability. The symposium is an opportunity for graduating students to share their completed research with the Department of Occupational Therapy, the Colorado State community and local occupational therapists. In addition, the event will bring together a variety of disciplines that have an interest in technology.

Walter Greenleaf, a research scientist trained in Neuro- and Bio- Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and the keynote speaker, will focus on accessibility, disability and technology. He also will present a workshop on technology advancements that are being used in rehabilitation. Greenleaf is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the use of advanced computer technology in medical applications.

For more information or to register for the event, contact Sandy Gecs at (970) 491-6254 or e-mail

A complete schedule of the day’s events follows.

–     9 a.m. – Continental breakfast.

–     9:30 a.m. – Workshop with Walter Greenleaf: Next Generation Tools- Virtual Reality, SmartHomes, Dynamic Feedback.

–     11 a.m. – Lunch on your own; tour of the Assistive Technology Resource Center in the Occupational Therapy building (dessert provided).

–     12:30 p.m. – Display of graduate student research posters and vendor products.

–     1:30 p.m. – Presentations by: Magitek, AAC Connections and Professor Charles Anderson.

–     2:30 p.m. – Jim Sullivan, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center Coleman Institute, Context-Aware Technologies.

–     4 p.m. – Keynote address: Walter Greenleaf: Next Generation Rehabilitation- Neuroplasticity, Simulation.

–     5 p.m. – Reception.