At our Colorado PCA Support Group on this day, it was a special day to honor the decade of service the PCA support group has provided to the PCA community.
Dr. Pelak recognized donors and gave a special thank you to the family of a founding member. In addition, Dr. Pelak provided updates in the field and discussed ongoing research at the University of Colorado.
Afterwards, there were questions and answers amongst the group.
David Lewerenz, OD, Optometry, Low Vision Rehabilitation, Department of Ophthalmology – University of Colorado School of Medicine
Dr. Lewerenz specializes in low vision rehabilitation, which provides assistance for patients who have lost vision from an eye or brain condition or injury. This type of visual impairment cannot be corrected by conventional glasses, contact lenses,
medicine or surgery. His goal, working together with trained occupational therapists and other community resources, is to provide strategies that make it possible for his patients to accomplish the tasks that are important to them, thereby allowing
them to live as independently as possible.
Dr. Lewerenz joined us to go over technologies that he uses in his practice that will be helpful in the day-to-day living of those living with PCA.
Dr. David Lewerenz presented Vision-To-Speech Technology for Posterior Cortical Atrophy – Click Below To View the Presentation:
Audrey Krebs, Assisted Living Administration, Community Relations, Program Management – Get Along Gadgets
Audrey Krebs is certified as a Senior Advisor. Audrey’s passion is serving older adults, having spent the last twenty years in service. Her goal is to empower older adults giving them the tools and education to enhance the quality of their
life and that is how Get-Along Gadgets was developed. Ms. Krebs, along with Ms. Beems, joined us to present their “Get-Along Gadgets” to help in the day-to-day
living of those living with PCA.
Julia Beems, MA, Senior Instructor, Assistive Technology Program Outreach Coordinator, Emergency Preparedness Program Coordinator with Assistive Technology Partners, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Department of Bioengineering – University of Colorado Denver and Anschutz Medical Campus
Ms. Beems trained as a horticultural therapist and rehabilitation counselor/vocational evaluator. She has worked in the field of assistive technology for over 30 years providing assessments, technical assistance, and training to individuals with
disabilities, their family members, and the professionals who serve them. Ms. Beems’ current responsibilities include providing outreach services across Colorado to individuals with disabilities and their family members; professionals
from educational, employment, healthcare, and emergency response agencies who work with them; policymakers and legislators; and the general public.
Her areas of expertise include low-tech, low-cost assistive technology solutions, emergency preparedness, and modifications for the rural and agricultural communities. Ms. Beems represents ATP as a member of the North Central Region Functional
Needs Steering Committee, the state Community Preparedness Advisory Council, and the Colorado Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities. She has been recognized by the American Horticultural Therapy Association for Humanitarian
Service and by AARP as an Outstanding Community Partner.
Audrey Krebs and Julia Beems presented Get-Along Gadgets and brought many of the “gadgets” with them to pass around. Below are links to all of these amazing
gadgets and a few informational links as well.