June 27, 2019
New Director of Assistive Technology Program
Michael Strawbridge knows he has big shoes to fill as the new Director of Assistive Technology. Michael recently replaced Dawn Waller, who retired in December.
“My job is to take what Dawn has created and the great team she’s built and continue to evolve and innovate as technology does,” he said.
“In the future, I see assisitive technology intertwined more with nursing and physical therapy in Inglis House and being used in the community in ways we haven’t yet considered.”
Michael spent the past six years running the Community Computing Program (CCP), a grant-funded endeavor made possible by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Michael supported people living independently with a variety of disabilities by performing assessments, helping them set individualized goals and educating them on how to access and use technology in their daily lives. More than 700 people have been served in the past few years and the CCP continues to grow.
“Michael’s deep experience in the community and his commitment and collaborative approach will serve the Assisitve Technology Program well as he works with the team to expand and enhance the amazing services already being provided to our Inglis House residents and people living in the community” says Lea Frontino, Vice President, Information and Assisitive Technology. “He’s poised to do great things.”
Inglis’ population keeps Michael motivated to both find new technologies and adapt existing technologies so people can accomplish their goals.
“Inglis is a unique place to work,” he said. “We have a young population that come to us from around the country and are willing to try new things. Our job is to keep on top of technology and to know what’s coming, so we can take it and adapt it. We want to make life as good as we can for the people we work with,” he said.