Webinar: Everyday Assistive Technology for People with Serious Mental Illness – Refresh

Program Description

Recorded: April 1, 2020 – People with serious mental illness (SMI) often experience difficulties comprehending, processing new information and acting appropriately. Common issues include difficulty with attention, concentration, memory, and the ability to plan and carry out activities.

In this webinar, we Identify common psychosocial motor, cognitive, contextual, and environmental barriers which may interfere with the use of Assistive Technology (AT) and everyday technology (EDT) among individuals with SMI.

Participants will learn about:

  • Different types of AT and EDT that can be useful to meet implicit and explicit occupation-based needs of individuals with SMI.
  • Effective strategies to increase the likelihood of good fit between the individual and technology resulting successful integration with occupations, habits, and routines.


Lynn GitlowLynn Gitlow is retired Associate Professor, from Department of Occupational Therapy at Ithaca College in New York. She has been an occupational therapist for over 20 years practicing in the areas of mental health, geriatrics and assistive technology, Lynn has also been an occupational therapy educator for almost 20 years in both occupational therapy assistant and occupational therapy programs. She recently co-edited and authored the text Assistive Technologies and Environmental Interventions in Healthcare.



Handout for this webinar – MS-Word

Links and Resources mentioned in the webinar (more coming soon)


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rev: 4/2/2020