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Date & Time:  January 20, 2022 at 1:00PM - 2:30PM (Central Time)

Session TitlePractical, Affordable Smart Home Technologies for People with Disabilities

Session Description:  Smart home technologies are becoming increasingly versatile, accessible and affordable, providing new opportunities for functional independence, safety and social support among people with disabilities. This presentation will address consumer-level tools for environmental control, communication, and cognitive assistance, offering case examples and recommendations for practical applications, based on the presenter’s long-standing research and practice in this field.

At the conclusion of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Knowledgeably discuss off-the-shelf products for home access and environmental control among people with disabilities;
  • Compare and contrast competing smart home platforms;
  • Consider affordable, practical strategies for implementing smart home solutions for people with disabilities.

Speaker Bio:  Tony Gentry, PhD OTR/L FAOTA is professor emeritus in the occupational therapy department at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia. A graduate of Harvard College (BA), New York University (MA OT) and the University of Virginia (PhD), Dr. Gentry is a specialist in neurological rehabilitation whose research career focused on assistive technology for cognition. He founded the Assistive Technology for Cognition laboratory at VCU, conducting research into the development and utilization of personal health technologies, including mobile devices, smart homes, and computer games to support individuals with cognitive-behavioral challenges, and is internationally recognized as a pioneer in this field. Dr. Gentry and his wife Christine own and operate a home-based rehabilitation therapy company Neurological Expert Therapies. As a creative writer, Dr. Gentry has published a novel The Coal Tower, a story collection, a poetry collection and five young adult biographies. He blogs at tonygentry.com.

CEUs:  We are pleased to inform you that 1.5 continuing education hours are approved for this training event for the following licensed professionals:

  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Licensed Nursing Home Administrator
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Licensed Social Worker
  • Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse & Advanced Practice Nurse
  • Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professionals (QIDPs) may apply the same hours of continuing education credits earned from this conference toward their twelve-hour annual continuing education requirement.   

Note:  Each person who would like CEUs for this training must register under his/her own name and to provide a valid email address.  Attendees wishing to receive CEUs for this event must login within 5 minutes of the start time and remain logged in until the end of the session.  Attendees will be notified via email when CEUs are ready to download.  

Cost:  We strive to provide NAQ members with a wide array of benefits - one of which is a discount on all training and events.  If you are interested in receiving these discounts, complete our membership application prior to registering.  

$20 for NAQ Members
$25 for Non-Members