Technology SIS

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

-Arthur C. Clarke


Welcome to the NCOTA Technology SIS page!  It is indeed a magical moment when a client is able to achieve or excel in an area that they previously struggled with.  What better way to support a client’s independence and engagement than through the use of technology?  Whether it is low tech or high tech, the incorporation of technology into our practice enables us to provide the support our clients need to reach their goals.  We are excited to share in the latest and greatest in Technology with you, our fellow North Carolina Occupational Therapy Practitioners!



Chair: Deanna Baldassari, MS, OTR/L, ATP

*Email: [email protected]

*OT Education: Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Alvernia College (now University)

*Current Setting/Title: Outpatient/Wheeled Mobility & Assistive Technology Clinical Specialist

*Previous/Current Experience: Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders Rehabilitation

*Clinical/Professional Interests: Complex Rehabilitation Equipment, Adaptive Sports Equipment, Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Equipment

*Meaningful Roles and Occupations: Partner to a wonderful man who challenges me to be the best version of myself; Sister to two amazing women who have inspired me to pursue opportunities in my career and life I never thought possible;  Aunt to four totally awesome kids who constantly teach me new things and humble me with their kindness, love, and determination to be independent in all they do; Daughter to parents who have given me more support, encouragement, and faith than any one person could hope for; Friend to some outstanding humans  who are always up for an adventure or just hanging out on the back porch. I enjoy hiking with my ruck sack, practicing Yoga, reading good (and terribly bad) books, piddling around in my garden, riding my motorcycle down country roads, and just about any activity that involves enjoying the outdoors, music, or the company of great people.

*Additional Information (Professional Memberships, Awards, Honors, Activities, etc.): RESNA; NCOTA; Hope Haven West Volunteer (travelling internationally to provide mobility to the disabled poor)



Past Presentations:

2019 NCOTA Fall Conference SIS Breakout Session: Technology in UE Neuromuscular
& Neurological Intervention: A Deep Dive into the Myomo: MyoPro



Stay tuned for a virtual event hosted early Summer.  The AT/AE Design Competition will be back again in 2021 at NCOTA Fall Conference, details to come mid-late summer.


Web Resources:

NCDHHS: North Carolina Assistive Technology Program

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