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TBI Matters July 11

PEAT Device

PEAT Device


Three Exciting Talks on Adaptive Equipment & Technology
with Debra Burdsall, MPH, BSOT; Rich Levinson; & Don Scheiman

The Technology Access Program and Technology Options for Individuals with Brain Injuries
Debra Burdsall, MPH, BSOT, has spent the majority of her career at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC), where she began as an Occupational Therapist working with rehabilitation patients. She worked for 16 years at the Rehabilitation Research Center at SCVMC, where she was primarily involved in outcomes research, focusing on the medical, psychosocial and vocational outcomes of individuals in the years following injury. In 2007, Debra began working as a Technology Champion for the VMC Foundation where she was instrumental in developing the Technology Access Program which focuses on bringing the best and most appropriate technology to rehabilitation and pediatric patients. Debra has degrees in both Occupational Therapy and Public Health.
1. Describe the Technology Access Program at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of technology options available to enhance functional skills and maximize independence for individuals with brain injuries.
3. Identify patient/family educational materials available on the internet.

PEAT: A unique Smartphone app for increasing independence after brain injury
Rich Levinson is an Artificial Intelligence Researcher who worked at NASA Ames research center for nearly 20 years. He is the founder and CEO of BrainAid.com, and the developer of the PEAT system.
1. Inform audience how the new version of PEAT on Android phones provides intelligent assistance for individuals with brain injury to help them achieve rehabilitation goals and increased independence.
2. Describe results of clinical trial of old PEAT at Valley Medical Center, and how it helps veterans with brain injury and other neurological disorders.

Adaptive devices should be simple, functional, and affordable. And they can be.
Don Scheiman is a leading Strength and Adaptive Rehabilitation Trainer. He is an Active Older Adults Trainer with the El Camino YMCA, Stanford Hospital’s Living Strong, Living Well program for cancer victims, and El Camino Hospital’s cardio and pulmonary rehab programs. He is also the founder of Scheiman Rebuild Fitness, formed to manufacture and distribute the adaptive appliances Don has developed for a wide range of rehabilitative exercise and ongoing general health needs. Don is an American Council on Exercise (ACE) certified clinical exercise specialist.
1. Scheiman Rebuild Fitness’ objective will be to introduce the companies’ product and abilities to a wide range of individuals with injuries and caregivers interested in stroke and brain injury rehabilitation.

Services for Brain Injury (SBI)
60 Daggett Drive, San Jose
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
5:30 – 8:00 p.m. (Presentation starts at 6 p.m.)
Light refreshments provided

Call (408) 885-2153 (Gail Cuevas) email: erleen.cuevas@hhs.sccgov.org
 Map available at http://tbi-sci.org/pdf/TBIMATTERS07112012.pdf

TBI Matters is coordinated by the Rehabilitation Research Center at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.

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