Use Your Head – Hands-Free Solutions in a Two Handed World

Live Broadcast Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 3:30 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time Zone

Webinar Type: Archive
Webinar Code: AT18-WEB17-AR
Webinar Fee: $39

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Thousands of individuals experience significant disabilities resulting in inability to use their hands and could benefit from hands-free solutions for eating, drinking, typing, working, playing, communicating and environmental access. This 60 minute webinar will discuss and demonstrate over 20 amazing hands free solutions that can be created in minutes for individuals who can simply use their head. This includes creating amazing quick fast lightweight multipurpose mouth sticks that can be made in minutes; hands free table top and wheelchair mounted drinking and eating solutions; low-cost head control switches for taking pictures, turning pages, and interacting with the iPad; switch access recipes for hands-free interactions with YouTube and other Internet websites; hands-free solutions for calling or sending text messages; hands-free solutions for self-care such as teeth brushing or hair drying; hands-free solutions for creating music or painting; hands-free a vacuum or leaf blowing solution or operating a drone using your head and hands-free solutions for shooting marshmallows.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify at least 5 solutions that can be created to support individuals who are unable to use their hands for reading.
  2. Identify at least 5 materials that can be used in creating hands-free solutions.
  3. Identify at least 3 domains that hands free solutions can be created for.


Therese Willkomm

Clinical Associate Professor
University of New Hampshire
Therese Willkomm, PhD, is the Director of New Hampshire’s State Assistive Technology Program with the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and is an associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy. Dr. Willkomm is known nationally and internationally as “The MacGyver” of Assistive Technology and has designed and fabricated over one thousand solutions for individuals with disabilities including her patented A.T. Pad Stand, a multiuse assistive technology mounting device. She is also known throughout the county for her trainings on awesome iPAD apps and adaptations. She has presented her work in 42 states, eight foreign countries and three U.S. Territories; has written 22 assistive technology related publications including her new book titled: “Assistive Technology Solutions in Minutes – Book 2 – Ordinary Items, Extraordinary Solutions ; and has appeared on RFD TV, CNN and most recently NPR Science Friday.
Speaker Financial Relationship Disclosure: No
Speaker Non-Financial Relationship Disclosure: No


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Continuing Education Credits

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Number of hours: 1.0
Number of IACET CEUs: 0.1

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