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Assistive Technology to Combat Social Isolation and Support Independence

James A. Whitney (he/him)

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Abstract

The Maryland Department of Disabilities, Assistive Technology Program proposes to present a workshop on Assistive Technology to Combat Social Isolation and Support Independence. This training will provide examples of various technologies that are aimed to counteract and prevent social isolation among older adults and individuals with disabilities; the presentation will provide examples of AT that can be utilized to encourage and enable individuals to be/remain independent at home or as they transition to another type of living facility. With an emphasis on the empowering features of technology to participate in society, even through virtual means, this session will highlight the ways in which technology can bolster integration, connection, and independence.

Bio

James was born and raised in Salisbury, Maryland where he completed his bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in sociology. James worked as a social work counselor under the guidance of an LCSW while applying to graduate schools. He attended the Virginia Commonwealth Universities Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program where he graduated in Mary of 2020. SInce then James has immersed himself in the world of assistive technology volunteering at reuse centers in Virginia leading up to his employment at the Maryland Assistive Technology Program where he works as an AT Clinician. James provides customized AT demonstrations, short-term device loans, and hosts AT training and public awareness sessions to a range of consumers across the state. James currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland where the MDTAP office and AT library are located.

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