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Thesis - Social Module

  1. 1. Thesis Research: Social Module Kelly F. Nichols Thesis Studio I Prof. Scott Pobiner 09.24.10
  2. 2. Expand field of research from prosthetics specifically to assistive technologies in general.
  3. 3. Component Areas of Assistive Technology
  4. 4. Stakeholders • Patients/Users • Family Members & Friends • Doctors & Hospitals • Rehabilitation Specialists & Centers • Third Party Vendors • Insurance Companies • Governments
  5. 5. Users
  6. 6. Types of Users Developmentally Amputees Disabled
  7. 7. How User Condition Arises Developmentally Amputees Disabled • Circulation problems from atherosclerosis or diabetes, resulting in amputation • Traumatic injuries, including from traffic accidents and military combat • Cancer • Birth defects www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/limbloss.html
  8. 8. How User Condition Arises Developmentally Amputees Disabled • Nervous system disabilities affecting how the brain, spinal cord and nervous system function. They cause mental retardation, including Down syndrome and fragile X syndrome. They also cause learning and behavioral disorders, such as autism. www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/developmentaldisabilities.html
  9. 9. Site Visit I: Amputees Westcoast Brace & Limb Orthotics & Prosthetics
  10. 10. Site Visit I: Amputees • Builds and Fits Orthotics • Cranial Remolding • Builds and Fits Prosthetics • Upper Extremity • Lower Extremity
  11. 11. Site Visit I: Amputees • Shadowed Technicians • Spoke with Practitioners • Spoke with Marketing Staff • Attended Amputee Support Group
  12. 12. Westcoast Brace & Limb
  13. 13. WCBL Prosthetic Work
  14. 14. WCBL Prosthetic Work
  15. 15. WCBL Prosthetic Work
  16. 16. Site Visit II: Developmentally Disabled Queens Centers for Progress Services for People with Developmental Disabilities
  17. 17. Site Visit II: Developmentally Disabled • Child Services • Early Childhood Intervention • Schooling & Daycare • Adult Services • Residential, Clinical, & Vocational • Assistive Devices
  18. 18. Site Visit II: Developmentally Disabled • Met with Director • Toured Facility • Met Teachers & Students
  19. 19. QCP Seating & Mobility Work
  20. 20. QCP Seating & Mobility Work
  21. 21. QCP Digital Learning Work
  22. 22. Potential Health Partners • Westcoast Brace & Limb • Queens Centers for Progress • Frazier Rehab Institute • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center • Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine • NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases
  23. 23. Partners Outside Health Organizations?
  24. 24. Assistive Technology Related Organizations in NYC
  25. 25. Research
  26. 26. Mannequin Hunting
  27. 27. Thesis Statement Can a more personal relationship be achieved by designing a prosthetic that creates a more interpersonal relationship with the wearer?
  28. 28. Next Steps / Next Module

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