Creating a Better World for All
For over 30 years the Assistive Technology Department has been working hand in hand with clinical, educational and residential teams to provide low and high-tech interventions that aid in development, improve health, increase function and improve quality of life for people with disabilities. These interventions range from the identification of appropriate commercially available equipment to the custom design and fabrication of new equipment.
Through recent advancements in rapid prototyping the department has been able to drastically decrease production time, improve quality, all while simultaneously expanding the potential of what is possible through 3D CAD design. This new prototyping paradigm has enabled the department to expand their work into the creation of commercially available products.
Members of the department pride themselves on being on the cutting edge of therapeutic intervention, presenting their work at conferences and webinars to share their successes and knowledge. The department’s expertise has also been tapped by different device manufacturers to provide valuable feedback on products that are in the process of being brought to market.
Culture of Innovation
Through the collaborative design and development of thousands of assistive technology interventions, the department has refined its approach and streamlined its processes to ensure its work is as impactful, scalable and sustainable as possible.
Through these efforts that we have learned that in order to yield real impact from a culture of innovation, you need to create an infrastructure to catalyze and support it. This understanding led to the creation of The Center for Discovery’s innovation pipeline, a framework for nurturing and supporting innovative ideas. The pipeline is rooted in the facilitation of creative problem solving, ensuring anyone with an idea has access to the tools they need to thoroughly understand it, articulate it, explore it and create an action plan to bring it to life.
After ideas graduate from creative problem solving, a project team is created to help design and prototype the idea for real world user testing. Following a series of iterations informed by testing, projects are then evaluated for impact and potential and placed on a tract which best meets the projects goals.
We believe that it is through these efforts that we together will change tomorrow.