A New Chapter for Assistive Technology Partners

Assistive Technology Partners (ATP) began in 1989 when Colorado was chosen as one of the first nine states to receive Federal funding from the Technology Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities and the Elderly Act. From this beginning, ATP has grown from a single project to a multi-faceted program encompassing research, engineering, industry, academics, clinical services and worldwide community engagement.  Over the past three decades, inclusive engineering has made significant advancements to improve the quality of people’s lives in a variety of ways—including the lives of persons who have, or are aging into, disabilities.

Becoming the Center for Inclusive Design and Engineering (CIDE) is a natural next step, reflecting  our growth and continued commitment to driving innovation in the field of inclusive, assistive and health technologies. CIDE is an applied interdisciplinary and human-focused innovation center for engineers, students, clinicians, consumers and entrepreneurs, with our academic home in the Department of Bioengineering. The center creates opportunities for stakeholders to address the myriad challenges experienced by those living with disabilities through technology. Please join us.

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Research Initiatives and Projects

CIDE's research infrastructure supports innovations in healthy living through technology, inclusive environments, independence, empowerment and community participation. 

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Degree Programs and Training

CIDE's Assistive Technology track within the Department of Bioengineering provides students first hand opportunities to learn, research, and develop state-of-the-art technologies to improve human function. 

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Services and Community Programs

CIDE provides specialty AT services to individuals of all ages, accessibility and usability consulting to business and organizations, and community oriented programs focusing on assistive technology.

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Events & Announcements

CIDE Presents in New Zealand - Advanced Topics in Seating and Mobility

| 12:00 PM - 09:00 PM
At this full day Professional Academy course, Kelly Waugh, PT, MAPT,
ATP and Faith Saftler Savage, PT, ATP will share their presentations
from the Oceania Seating Symposium for a day of advanced problem
solving, sharing of ideas and fun.

Beginning with “A Biomechanical Approach to Managing Abnormal
Postures of the Head and Neck”, several common abnormal postures
of the head and neck are analyzed using a biomechanical approach,
including the forward head posture, persistent neck flexion, full neck
extension and lateral tilt of the head.
In “Optimizing Back Support Fit for Optimal Posture”, body shapes and
support needs will be discussed with methodology of assessing back
supports to determine if fit is optimal or if another style back support is

Next “Body Segment Angles: The Key to Understanding Postural
Deviations in the Sagittal Plane” will be discussed, where Ms. Waugh
delves deep into the distinctions between the relative and absolute body
segment angles of the trunk, pelvis and thigh, and how these angles
relate to typical postures of the spine and pelvis such as kyphosis,
lordosis, and posterior or anterior pelvic tilt.
In “Customized Alternative Positioning for 24 Hour Postural
Management”, Ms. Savage will share her experiences designing and
implementing unique custom solutions to 24 hour PCM in institutional
and group home settings in the US.
The day will end with a thorough case study presentation highlighting
the development of a postural alignment plan and the use of seating
simulation in the assessment process.
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