The Technology Special Interest Section (TSIS) provides a vital link between old and new—the traditional concerns of occupational therapy practitioners and the increasing impact of technology in our lives and on society. Because technology usage crosses all ages, settings, functional abilities, and occupations, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and students must be able to integrate technology into all aspects of occupational therapy. The TSIS was created by AOTA in 1991.
The TSIS provides a forum for learning about technologies specific to individuals with disabilities—seating, positioning and mobility, reasonable accommodations, augmentative communications, and adaptive computer access, as well as for exploring technologies for program administration and client evaluation and treatment. The TSIS also encompasses the use of telehealth, health application "apps," virtual reality, and gaming technologies used to enhance occupational performance, participation, role competence, and quality of life.
The TSIS focuses on the role of the occupational therapist and occupational therapy assistant in technology service delivery and provides the latest information on interdisciplinary technology competency, specialty certification in technology applications, and training opportunities via its Quarterly newsletter and the TSIS forums.
TSIS Standing Committee (Term of Office, 2013-2016)
|Jana Cason, DHS, OTR/L, FAOTA: Chairperson
||Sandy Hanebrink, OTR/L: Professional Development Coordinator (AOTA-ATIA Partnership)
||Andrew Persch, PhD, MS, OTR/L: Professional Development Coordinator (Education/Research)
|William E. Janes, OTD, MSCI, OTR/L: Quarterly Editor
||Jenna Rebhun, TSIS Student Intern
Technology Special Interest Section Quarterly Newsletter
Technology SIS Discussion Forum (open to all AOTA members)
Telehealth Forum (open to all AOTA members)
Information on the ATIA 2015 Conference
Podcast: CollaborATion for AT in Schools
Podcast: Low-Cost Virtual Reality and Game-Based Technologies in Rehabilitation
To join TSIS, contact AOTA Membership at 301-652-2682, ext. 2769 or toll-free at 1-800-SAY-AOTA (1-800-729-2682).