Stefanie Blain-Moraes – ”Faculty Teaching Innovation Award” | McGill University

Working alongside people with disabilities to develop assistive technology

Understanding the contexts and realities of living with a disability is key to effective clinical practice when caring for patients with disabilities, so she developed Design of Assistive Technology: Principles and Praxis, a course in which health professional and engineering students work with a client with a disability to build an assistive technology. The course lies at the intersection of disability, engineering and design, and gives students hands-on experience working across disciplines and developing a relationship with someone with a disability.

Stefanie Blain-Moraes, Ph.D., researcher at CRIR–Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital of the CISSS de Laval, is Assistant Professor at the School of Phusiscal and Occupational Therapy at McGill University and holds the Tier II Canada Research Chair in Consciousness and Personhood Technologies (2019-2024).

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