The Communication Aids & Systems Clinic (CASC), housed at the Waisman Center on the University of Wisconsin - Madison campus, would like to share an employment opportunity in our clinic for a licensed occupational therapist. CASC is an outpatient specialty clinic of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (UWHC). We provide evaluations and treatment for individuals who require use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Our staff consists of Speech Language Pathologists and Occupational Therapists who work together to address the complex communication, sensory, and motor needs of these individuals to effectively implement AAC systems.
Our OTs specialize in assessing and increasing the ability of clients to access communication systems through methods such as alternative mouse options, eye gaze, and switch scanning. We have an open position for a Full-Time Occupational Therapist who is experienced in helping support the access needs of individuals with complex sensory-motor needs. Our clients include both children and adults with developmental disabilities, such as Cerebral Palsy, Rett Syndrome, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, etc., and those with degenerative conditions such as ALS and Parkinson's Disease.
Experience with assessment and interventions that include assistive technology is required. Experience with low and high tech augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems, mounting systems, and computer access is highly preferred.
Well-qualified applicants will have the following preferred experience: - One to two years of experience with individuals with disabilities. Experience working with diverse populations that include children and adults with developmental and acquired disabilities is desirable. - Experience working with individuals having severe and multiple disabilities, with motor and sensory impairments and delays. - Experience working to establish appropriate access to essential assistive technology to compensate for the impact of severe motor and sensory disabilities.
About Communication Aids and Systems Clinic (CASC), Waisman Center (UW-Madison)
The Waisman Center Clinics provide comprehensive clinical care and support for children with disabilities and their families. The Waisman Center Communication Aids & Systems Clinic (CASC) is a partnership with the UW Rehabilitation Department of the UW Hospital & Clinics (UWHC). The CASC team’s speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists partner with families to provide highly specialized, cutting-edge augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) for children and adults experiencing significant communication difficulties. CASC provides services for people who have a range of disabilities that include: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), spinal cord injuries, aphasia, traumatic brain injuries, cerebral palsy, autism, Rett syndrome, Down syndrome, and multiple disabilities.
Patients served by CASC access a wide array of AAC and computer access technology including: low technology AAC such as communication boards and books; high technology AAC including communication devices with voice output, often referred to as speech generating devices (SGD); equipment that provides adapted access methods for operating AAC and computers (allowing... the use of such options as switches, head pointing and eye gaze access); adaptive communication applications for “off the shelf” technology, such as portable tablets and mobile media devices.
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