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Hands-On-Training: The better plan for adult learners

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Two people installing a mount on the side of a wheelchair.Write it down, type it in, or get out the tool box and put it together, and you’ve got “hands-on training” going on.

Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK) holds quarterly statewide staff meetings. It’s to be expected that when ATK staff get together, they are learning something. In previous meetings, staff have learned how to create accessible documents (good, indoor work) and another time, on a hot afternoon, outside, all staff learned how to take apart durable medical equipment, clean it, sanitize it, and put it back together. The December 2017 meeting was held in Salina and staff learned how to install a Mount‘n Mover mount on a wheelchair by doing just that. (In the picture above, Stuart Jones assists Trish Reed with installation.) The Mount'n Mover mounting system is a solution for people who need devices and trays attached to their wheelchairs, tables, beds, or floor stands. https://www.mountnmover.com/

The day started with presentations by Rhonda Etter (pictured left), Stuart Jones, and Cassie Ramon, all AT Specialists and skilled in mount installation. Case studies were shared and a lively group discussion centered on experiences, solutions, and tips.

Then it was time for everyone to get their hands busy and try it themselves under the watchful eyes of their colleagues. When the day was done, staff felt more confident in their own skills and equally important had identified resources and strategies to get expert assistance when needed. Resources include Mount’n Mover customer service (phone calls, skype face-to-face, or email a question with a photo), website resources (where the instructions are stored), and advice shared from experienced colleagues. (Pictured left, Karin Rasmussen, Demetrius Hill, Gaye Calhoun shown with Cassie Ramon offering installation tips.)

If you’re looking for skilled assistive technology advice, ask if the person is “hands on” trained, better yet just call your regional Assistive Technology Access Site at 800-526-3648 and ask for an AT Specialist and you’ve got yourself someone you can count on. Visit the ATK website at www.atk.ku.edu.


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