The Closing the Gap conference is a great opportunity to deepen your assistive technology knowledge and strategies, providing attendees with practical and sound strategies and resources. This year, the conference will take place at a new location in the Hilton Minneapolis Hotel from October 19-21.
Control Bionics will be giving two presentation at Closing the Gap, sharing practical tips and strategies that you can take away and implement into your life immediately. Register to join us and learn first-hand from today’s leading experts in Assistive Technology who will be sharing rich resources and tools.
Learn more about the sessions Control Bionics will be presenting:
Adding to the Eye Gaze Knowledge Base: Dwell vs. Switch Selection
Many improvements have been made to eye gaze technology in the approximately 30-years it has been used with augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). To name a few, the technology has become smaller but more powerful; cameras can pick-up and track more eyes, even when users wear glasses; and the price has decreased significantly, especially since insurance covers it. Are there more improvements to be made? Yes!
This session will address improvements to one aspect of eye gaze – how the item being looked at is selected. Specifically, we will look at research that compares the accuracy and efficiency of eye gaze with dwell to eye gaze combined with an EMG sensor. Results indicate a significant increase in speed as well as satisfaction by participants.
AAC Implementation in Context: Sibling and SLP
As speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and other professionals, we should be working closely with the family members of our clients who use, or will soon use, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). After all, parents and siblings know the client base and are together a lot. How can we effectively support these family members? What are some things to embrace? To avoid?
This session will present the experiences of Rylee, the sibling of an AAC user who later became an SLP, information from the AAC research-base, and learnings from clinical practice. Join us to learn practical tips and strategies you can use right away.
Check out other presentations and resources from Control Bionics in our Connection Center.