Assistive Technology Expo celebrates 25 years
he 25th annual Assistive Technology Expo was held in the Mechanical Engineering Building and the Engineering Centers Building on November 4. Research intern and Madison Spinal Cord Group coordinator Monica KamalRossa was the lead organizer of the event, which showcased some of the latest advances in technology that can offer people with disabilities new opportunities to participate in school, employment and community life. Professor Jay Martin spoke at the event, and students from UW-CREATe displayed some of their latest projects. The expo attracted entire classes from UW-Madison, Edgewood College, Madison Area Technical College, UW-Whitewater and UW-La Crosse, as well as professionals from rehabilitation agencies, health organizations, and elementary and secondary schools.
UW-Madison Professor of Rehabilitation Psychology Norm Berven credits the active participation of the College of Engineering and especially Martin for the growth of the expo since its debut at Union South in 1985. “Professor Martin has involved a number of faculty and programs in engineering and has also organized poster presentations by his students, demonstrating innovations that they have been involved in developing,” Berven says. “He has also brought some important keynote speakers and panels to give presentations at the expo.”