The Impact of the Michigan Assistive Technology Program

Last Updated on April 5th, 2024.

(Data from January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2023.)

Michigan Assistive Technology Program at a Glance




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Jon Grant

Jon has been working with Kendra Boyden, our outpatient CTRS, on getting back to gaming. Jon had a motor vehicle accident which resulted in a high-level Spinal Cord Injury. Jon discussed the importance of getting back to gaming. He said, “For me it would be keeping my mind off of the injury. It’s now easy to game with friends online. It can be hard to meet up in person, so gaming allows me to still connect with those that I like to game with. I like to play Call of Duty or Escape from Tarkov with friends.” The benefits that he finds from gaming are the social aspect and the challenge for his mind while gaming. Jon has used the Xbox adaptive controller and Logitech adaptive gaming buttons in Rec Therapy. He has ordered the “quad stick” which is a sip and puff controller that individuals can use on a PC or counsel. Jon is looking forward to getting his sip and puff controller as it will give him more adaptability to games he enjoys playing and will give him independence in returning to gaming.

Man sitting in wheelchair in front of computer screen

AT Program Staff

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Abby Squires

Gaming, Crafting, and Daily Living, AT Specialist
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Aimee Sterk, LMSW

Michigan Assistive Technology Program Co-Director
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Ajaunè Thomas

Director of Leadership Programs
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Caitlin Hurban

Augmentative and Alternative Communication, AT Specialist
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Erin Shannon

Youth and Community Living, AT Specialist
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Feliece Turner

Disability Specialist
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Janna Bitterle

Training and Virtual Outreach Coordinator
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Jileesa Irwin

Outdoor Recreation, AT Specialist

Kellie Blackwell, MA, CRC

Michigan Assistive Technology Program Co-Director
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Laura Hall, MSW

Program Director & Assistive Technology Specialist
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Norman G. DeLisle Jr.

Policy Consultant & Mental Health and Recovery AT Specialist

Sarah Szwejda

Demonstration and Loan Administrator

Theresa Metzmaker

Executive Director