Schedule SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 10TH

At a glance

7:30 AM Registration and Breakfast (breakfast for pre-registered only) 9:00 AM AMPHL Opening Remarks – Corriher
9:10 AM The Accessibility of Medical Equipment – Schwier
9:30 AM Exhibit room opens

10:00 AM BREAK
10:10 AM Creative Solutions with Hearing Assistive Technology – Morris &

Atcherson
11:30 AM Exhibit room closed until 12:30 PM 12:00 PM LUNCH (lunch for pre-registered only) 2:00 PM How to Cope with Scopes – Morris

2:45 PM Personal Experiences of a Deaf Irish Occupational Therapist – McCormack

3:30 PM

3:40 PM 5:00 PM

7:00 PM

BREAK
AMPHL Panel – Eldakar, Kolvitz, Leahy, McDevitt, Schaellibaum

Exhibit hall closes Evening Social – tentative

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 10TH

EXHIBIT ROOM WILL BE OPEN FROM 9:30 AM TO 5 PM (Exhibit room will be closed from 11:30AM to 12:30PM for lunch)

7:30 AM Registration and Breakfast (breakfast for pre-registered conference attendees only)

9:00 AM AMPHL Opening Remarks – Candice Corriher, D.V.M., AMPHL President

9:10 AM The Accessibility of Medical Equipment – Erin Schwier, O.T.D., O.T.R./L.

The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Accessible Medical Instrumentation (RERC-AMI) is committed to evaluating and developing methods and technologies to increase accessibility and usability of diagnostic, therapeutic, and procedural healthcare equipment and assistive technologies for people with disabilities. As part of its research program, the RERC-AMI is analyzing the medical instrumentation needs of three major constituencies: consumers with disabilities, healthcare service providers, and medical instrumentation manufacturers.

This session will include a brief presentation of some of the difficulties consumers have with medical equipment, which we identified through a national consumer survey and a series of consumer focus groups. We will also present preliminary data from a survey we are currently conducting with healthcare practitioners. We will then facilitate an interactive discussion of the experiences, both good and bad, that healthcare practitioners with hearing loss have had using medical equipment.

10:10 AM Creative Solutions with Hearing Assistive Technology – Rebecca Morris & Samuel Atcherson, M.Ed., C.C.C.-A.

Back by popular demand, presenters Becky and Sam will lecture on hearing assistive technology (HAT), the rationale for using them, how to use them, and what’s new and available. HATs, when selected and used properly, can improve the quality of life both personally and professionally by enhancing communication.

12:00 PM LUNCH (lunch for pre-registered only)
2:00 PM How to Cope with Scopes – Rebecca Morris

Finding the most effective interface between a stethoscope and hearing aids or a cochlear implant can be challenging. This presentation will describe the challenges and present some of the most often used solutions for stethoscope use.

Participants will understand the options available from direct audio cables to the newest in FM wireless technology. Many of the issues and questions posed on the NOISE forum will be addressed and there will be time for questions throughout the presentation.

The ALD/Stethoscope display will also allow participants an opportunity to test many of the solutions described in the presentation and discuss their personal situations in more detail.

2:45 PM Personal Experiences of a Deaf Irish Occupational Therapist – McCormack

As the only Deaf Occupational Therapist currently working in Ireland, and the only Deaf Professional working in the Irish Public Service Workplace who has access to the services of a Sign Language Interpreter on a regular basis, I hope to share some of my personal experiences.

My talk will include information about my work in a community setting with adults between the ages of 18 and 65 who have a physical disability, a brief overview of the history of Sign Language Interpreting in Ireland, the beginnings of Equality Legislation in Ireland, the European Influence in the developing of this new equality infrastructure, and how these Legislative Acts are helping to make the Irish Workplace more accessible for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people and people with disabilities.

3:30 PM BREAK
3:40 PM AMPHL Panel – Elizabeth Eldakar, M.S.P.A.S., Marcia Kolvitz, Neil

Leahy, D.M.D., Neil McDevitt, Audrey Schaellibaum, R.N.

This panel is designed to showcase some of AMPHL’s “quieter” professions, and will include a nurse, physician’s assistant, firefighter, and dentist. **Additional panelists may be added in the future**