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Patricial Leahy Memorial Lecture - CEU Information

2.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be offered in DE, NJ and PA for this event.


  1. Participants will be exposed to a variety of novel wearable technologies and adaptive clothing that are available or are being developed to increase function, independence, and quality of life for individuals with physical disabilities.
  2. Participants will learn about ways wearable technology can be used to improve function and participation when it is worn as well as to improve independent function and participation when it is not donned.
  3. Participants will discuss important topics related to rehabilitation technology, including how to impact the development of emerging technology, how to access available technology, and how to share novel solutions with the broader community.

Abstract: In this talk, Michele Lobo, PT, PhD will talk about the emerging, softer side of rehabilitation technology. She will provide an overview of the work of her Super Suits FUNctional Fashion & Wearable Technology Program at the University of Delaware. This work involves a range of low- through high-tech clothing and devices aimed at increasing function, independence, and quality of life for individuals with physical disabilities. Dr. Lobo will talk about the new trends in fashionable adapted clothing, soft DIY exoskeletons, soft robotic devices to aid upper and lower limb mobility, and advances in smart textiles that can allow clothing to monitor activity and enable users to control external devices. She will share examples of mechanisms used to increase the accessibility of technology to the broader community.

Group Discussions: Following the talk, group discussion will focus on key questions that must be considered when using existing technology in rehabilitation, on ways rehabilitation professionals can shape the emerging technology and even develop their own devices to meet the needs of their clients, and mechanisms for accessing and sharing this technology.

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