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Institute on Disabilities at Temple University

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2016 Mini Course/Lecture Series on Disabilities

The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University hosts guest speakers and lecturers several times each year for its Mini Course/Lecture Series on Disabilities. Experts in a wide variety of fields including Disability Studies, Assistive Technology, Leadership Development, and Social Policy present lectures and programs to students, parents, teachers and other professionals in the field of disabilities.


September 26, 27, or October 5, 2016
Creating Assistive Technology Solutions in Minutes - A Make and Take Workshop


Presented by Therese Willkomm, Ph.D., Director of New Hampshire's State Assistive Technology Program Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire (UNH)

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
PaTTAN – Pittsburgh, PA

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 27, 2016
PaTTAN – Harrisburg, PA

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 5, 2016
PaTTAN EAST – Malvern, PA

9:00 AM - 3:45 PM, all dates.

Participants will learn to use everyday tools and materials to fabricate solutions in minutes to support people with disabilities.

Materials: $50 per participant, paid in advance.


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Presented in partnership with Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance (PaTTAN), Bureau of Special Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education.

PATTAN logo, Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network


Event Description

Everyone will take home 10 useful devices.

Dr. Willkomm will demonstrate innovative uses for Instamorph, Tapes; Hook and Loop; Corrugated Plastics; Loc-Line, PVC, industrial twist ties and corner guard.

Everyone will use a ratcheting PVC cutter, a coraclaw, Loc-Line pliers, a utility knife, a ruler and scissors and will fabricate 10 different assistive technology solutions including:

  • Hands-free adjustable, repositionable, collapsible, portable iPAD holder
  • Document holder, drink holder, cellphone holder, scan and read station, marshmallow shooter, magnification holder, a U mount
  • A universal cuff, switch mount and Eileen.

About the Presenter

Dr. Willkomm demonstrationg assistive technologyTherese Willkomm, Ph.D., 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 a clinical associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy.

Dr. Willkomm is known internationally for her innovative strategies for creating solutions in minutes. She has designed and fabricated over two thousand solutions for people with disabilities including her patented A.T. Pad Stand, a multiuse assistive technology mounting device. She has presented her work in 42 states, seven 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 NPR Science Friday.

Photo courtesy of the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire.


More information

  • Registration is required.
  • Act 48 credits available.
  • Requests for accommodations must submitted with your registration.


The Mini Course Lecture Series is a program of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University.
Funded through Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology, a program of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University