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Using Assistive Technology to be Independent

Shane contacted the Solution Outreach Center wanting access to the internet via laptop or tablet, and ultimately wanted to have some kind of employment from the home via the Internet. Shane had been in a vehicle accident, in which he sustained a traumatic brain injury and broke his neck. Shane has limited range with his shoulders and limited finger extension and uses a power chair that he is in most of the day.

Cassie Ramon, one of the Solution Outreach Center’s Assistive Technology Specialists provided a demonstration on the iPad, Surface, and Samsung Tablets and also explored various mounting options with Shane such as Modular Hose, Friction Arm Mounts, and a possible table type. Shane was already using an iPhone with a hand cuff and stylus, so he decided to stay with Apple products, and a mount that would accommodate both devices.

Shane borrowed an iPad with a Big Grips case and aModular Hose mount with the podium. This was attached to both sides of his chair with the podium resting left of middle but still allowed access to his chair controls. Shane was very successful with this setup and wanted to try to get funding to purchase the equipment. Cassie and Jenny Cook, OCCK Traumatic Brain Injury Trainer, assisted Shane on the funding packet to the Travis Roy Foundation which funded Shane’s request.

He was able to purchase an iPad, Big Grips Case, Modular Hose Podium Mount Kit, and two universal hand cuff stylus holders. Shane is using his iPad for applications and games to assist with memory, and movement. Shane has also been able to access many of his hunting and fishing clubs and also helps his wife manage some financial responsibilities.