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IEEE HTB Taenzer Grant Topics in Inclusion & Accessibility: Dr Paula Muller PhD

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People turn to technology to solve important problems in life and society. Many people face temporary or long term disability at some point in life, either their own, a loved one, student, or employee. Born Accessible is an initiative to promote designing and developing technology that is accessible to everyone from day one rather than trying to make existing technology accessible. Engineers and computer scientists can reduce disparity and improve wellbeing for everyone by improving accessibility of technology. For example, as people age, many face dementia. As the disease progresses, persons living with dementia may lose their capabilities for rational thinking required to interact with mainstream technological applications. However, they preserve their curiosity, sense of beauty, enjoyment, the need for communication, and companionship. Technology needs to adapt to turn challenges into successes. During this presentation, we will show different examples of technological adaptations that promote stimulation and engagement at various stages of the disease, focusing on the abilities that the persons still preserve. Paula’s shares her preparation for the profession: Paula Muller, who is the Founder of Sociavi, has a lifelong passion for technology applied to healthcare, starting with her M.S. in Biomedical Engineering in Chile working with the blind, then her work in Switzerland analyzing EEGs to prevent epileptic seizures, followed by her Ph.D. and Post-doc work at Rutgers with Parkinson patients, and later at Authentidate with Telehealth products and services. Paula is Certified Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia Care Training (CADDCT) and Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP), and volunteers as bilingual Community Educator for the Alzheimer’s Association. Speaker(s): Dr Paula Muller, Virtual: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/374607

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