2000 Conference Proceedings

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WHAT'S NEW AT ABLENET?

Mary Kay Walch, COTA
AbleNet, Inc.
1081 Tenth Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414-1312

AbleNet's mission is to provide products and services, which minimize individual differences, and assists people with severe physical and cognitive disabilities to build meaningful relationships with friends, family members, coworkers and others. The quality of life for everyone is enhanced when daily living experiences are accessible, meaningful and enjoyable for all. AbleNet is committed to developing products that are functional, easy-to-use, and meet the needs of our customers.

Every year AbleNet comes out with new and exciting products that fit our mission and meet the needs of our customers. Participants of CSUN are always interested in these new products but rarely have the opportunity to discuss them in detail. Most of their exposure is in the exhibit hall. Participants who want more specific AbleNet product information will be able to receive that information in this session.

During the course of this presentation, the speaker will share information about AbleNet's newest educational support material that enables professionals to better serve their students/clients. Information about the newest simple technology products will also be given. Slides showing the products in use and numerous application ideas will be shared. Participants in this presentation will not only gain product information but knowledge about the products' effectiveness in a variety of settings.

In addition, attendees will have an opportunity to try out these new products by participating in hands-on activities. They will be encouraged to share their ideas about how these new products can be used to encourage inclusion, participation and fun for children and adults with severe/profound physical and cognitive disabilities. Time will be allowed for attendees to ask questions.

This presentation is appropriate for anyone (parent, home assistant, adult service provider, or school staff personnel) who works with individuals with severe/profound physical and cognitive disabilities. Participants will leave with practical ideas they can immediately put into practice.


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