The Assistive Technology Center at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center provides customized assessments for people with physical, cognitive or sensory disabilities. Our goal is to help you reach your highest potential at home, work, school and play through the use of technology. We provide assistive devices such as wheelchairs, scooters, special computer equipment, communication devices and vehicle modifications.
As a leader in the field of assistive technology, we provide assistive technology services for those affected by:
- Brain injury
- Cerebral palsy (a group of chronic conditions affecting body movement and muscle coordination)
- Neurological diseases (such as ALS, multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy)
- Spinal cord injury
- Stroke (blocked or bleeding blood vessel in the brain)
Why Choose The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center?
Rehabilitation can help you regain function and independence. We offer the technological tools to help — from talking on the phone to communicating through your computer and getting to where you need to go. There are many other reasons to choose our programs and services:
- Our team of specialists excels at assessing and recommending customized, assistive devices for each patient.
- We have five certified Assistive Technology Professionals (ATP) — the most in the region — who improve patients' quality of life every day using state-of-the-art technology.
- Our Assistive Technology Professionals are certified through the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA). This certification insures the highest quality and clinical standards for our patients.
- Our 5,000 square foot facility is dedicated specifically to assistive technology services for patients, including individualized evaluation, equipment trial and training.
- Our assistive technology professionals are certified in specialty areas of practice related to their profession. They serve on advisory boards, editorial journal boards, research committees, and national and international organizations.
- Our patients benefit from our relationships with top assistive technology manufacturers who turn to us to test and evaluate their new products.
- Our program received the Model Practice Award in Rehabilitation Services from the Ohio Occupational Therapy Association in 2007. This award, given by occupational therapists, recognizes our program as one of the top programs in Ohio.
- We are proud that our Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs at Dodd Hall and Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF recognized our programs as meeting the highest standards in quality, safety and outcome measures, which provide risk-reduction and accountability in our patient care.
- For 19 consecutive years, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's rehabilitation program has been ranked among the best in the country by U.S.News & World Report.
- Since The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is an academic medical center, you benefit from innovative research, a depth of medical expertise and the newest technologies and treatment techniques available.
The Assistive Technology Center offers rehabilitation services to help you at each phase of your rehabilitation – from services offered in the hospital (known as inpatient services) to those offered after returning home (known as outpatient services). These services offer a continuum of care to help achieve your highest level of recovery.
We help you meet day-to-day needs with high- and low-tech solutions including assistive devices, alternative communication tools and other technologies. Following your physician's referral, you are evaluated and we design a program for you that may include:
- Augmentative and Alternative Communications (AAC) – You can synthesize your voice with a high-tech voice-generating computer or using a low-tech device, such as a manual communication board with letters and pictures. These devices are operated using a switch, a keyboard or even your eyes.
- Computer Access – Special technologies, like modified keyboards or hands-free systems that you control with your head or voice, give you full computer access for greater independence and improved communication.
- Driving Evaluation and Training – Our Rehabilitation Driving Program evaluates drivers impaired due to stroke, brain injury or other conditions, and older drivers with age-related changes affecting driving ability. The program includes on-the-road evaluation, vehicle modification recommendations, a high-tech van, and training on adapted cars that are equipped to meet the needs of those who have a disability.
- Electronic Aids to Daily Living (EADL) – These special technologies enable you to perform daily tasks in spite of limited mobility. EADLs give you more control over your environment by helping you turn on a TV, use the phone or open a door with a switch, a keypad or your voice.
- Wheelchair Seating and Mobility – Wheelchairs can assist you with your ability to access your home, work and community. Positioning and cushion evaluations can assist with comfort and protection in manual wheelchair and power wheelchair seating. We assess your needs and work with our accredited wheelchair suppliers to provide you with the most appropriate equipment and mobility skills training.
- Workplace Accommodations/Ergonomics – Basic tools or adjustments can adapt your work environment to your capabilities. For example, proper ergonomics (designing the workplace environment to fit the user) at a computer or workstation can help reduce joint strain, pain and fatigue, and increase endurance, making you more productive.
Your Treatment Team
- Your customized treatment plan is implemented by a team of specialists who may include:
- Assistive technology professionals (specialize in the selection and proper use of appropriate assistive devices, such as wheelchairs, braces and special computer equipment)
- Occupational therapists (specialize in improving patients' ability to complete activities of daily living)
- Physical therapists (specialize in helping patients achieve maximum strength, balance and mobility)
- Rehabilitation engineers (specialize in determining, implementing and training patients on assistive technology devices, such as wheelchairs, special computer work stations and remote control systems)
- Speech-language pathologists (specialize in helping patients improve communication, cognition and swallowing)
- Driving rehabilitation specialists (specialize in driver training for those with disabilities)
- Social workers (specialize in the social, emotional and financial needs of families and patients)
Additional Specialized Services
Your rehabilitation team may recommend additional rehab services that may include: