Fellow Doug Gayton

Born: during the early years of the Korean War

Doug Gayton photo

Born where: The Prairies
 
Entry into the AT field:
During the mid sixties when volunteering at sheltered workshops and began to devise systems for efficacy in order to create more satisfaction with the work environment.
 
How you got into the field
As though trying to wander across a sea of quicksand.
 
Important event(s) that influenced your early decision to get into the assistive technology field
I didn't "get into the assistive technology field" - rather it seemed to be a temptress who seduced me until I finally realised there was such a field and I was already well awash in it.
 
Why you chose the AT field
It chose me.
 
Your inspiration and mentor
Molly Follette Story
 
Why the field is important to you and the central focus of your work
As a career soldier albeit the bulk of the time as a reservist it seemed an appropriate way to give back.
 
Your memorable successes
Not getting fired for failing to follow bloody near every policy established by sub-standard, uncaring, bureaucratic management styles.
 
Your most memorable failures
Introducing the Peachtree electronics during an opening and swizzling about in ever increasing circles whilst in full supine.
 
Significant changes and advances in the field since you first entered it
We started with the pencil.
 
On the future of rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology
Continually needs to be reminded about universality and full accessibility.
 
Your role within RESNA and what it gave back to you
The constant realisation we are all held under the thumb of the arrogant and ignorant in society.
 
Your suggestions for those just entering the field
Be prepared to quit, fight, argue, and seek new employment if what you need to be done in order for you to succeed is forever blocked.