Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2023 - Wednesday, November 8, 2023
Location: Zoom via RESNA Learn
Time: 1:00pm Eastern
Title: Engineers for Athletes? A Rehabilitation Engineer's Role in an Adaptive Sports Program
Speaker: Seong-Hee Westlake, ATP, RET
Abstract: It's no doubt athletes need trainers, doctors, and coaches, but what about engineers? As a Rehabilitation Engineer for Michigan Medicine and Director of Technology and Innovation for University of Michigan Adaptive & Inclusive Sports Experience (UMAISE), Seong-Hee Westlake has played an important role in ensuring UMAISE's participants engaging in adaptive & inclusive recreation are matched with the most appropriate equipment to be their best adaptive athlete at any stage. In this session, the speaker will describe the roles a Rehabilitation Engineer play within an adaptive sports program and how their expertise in Assistive Technology can translate into the world of recreation & sports.
At the end of session, attendees will be able to:
- Understand Rehabilitation Engineer's role in an adaptive sports program
- Describe typical adaptive equipment utilized in most common adaptive sports programs
- Explain the elements to consider when creating adaptations for adaptive sports and recreation activity for an individual with disability
Presenter Bio: Seong-Hee Westlake, ATP, RET, is a Senior Rehabilitation Engineer at University of Michigan Rehabilitation Engineering Program (UMREP). Within her role at UMREP, Seong-Hee sees and treats patients of all ages and ability level. In addition to her role as a Rehab Engineer, Seong-Hee also leads: an adaptive sports program, UMAISE (University of Michigan Adaptive & Inclusive Sports Experience), as the Director of Technology & Innovation, an adaptive gaming program, IMPART (IMProving Access to Rehabilitation Technologies), as the Co-Investigator and Accessibility Engineer, and an adaptive toy program, Tinkered Toy Box, as the Engineer and Program Manager. Outside of the University of Michigan Health System, Seong-Hee is the founder and owner of braillebot, LLC, an inclusive play and education company that manufactures braille educational toys. Fun fact – braillebot is the commercial product of Seong-Hee’s entry into RESNA’s 2012 Student Design Competition. Outside of work, Seong-Hee keeps busy playing piano at church, running, kickboxing, cooking family dinners for her husband and stepson, and going on outdoor adventures with her dog. No, Seong-Hee doesn’t believe in free time, unless it’s by accident!
Completion of the post-event survey and quiz earns 0.1 IACET CEUs.
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