Thursday, February 23, 2017

We had such a wonderful turnout at our Technology Workshop on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017. We wanted to share with viewers everything that was covered.

Below are our guest speakers who spoke at our Technology Workshop, and we thank you all for such a great job. It was well received by all.


David Lewerenz, OD, Optometry, Low Vision Rehabilitation, Department of Ophthalmology – University of Colorado School of Medicine

Dr. Lewerenz specializes in low vision rehabilitation, which provides assistance for patients who have lost vision from an eye or brain condition or injury. This type of visual impairment cannot be corrected by conventional glasses, contact lenses, medicine or surgery. His goal, working together with trained occupational therapists and other community resources, is to provide strategies that make it possible for his patients to accomplish the tasks that are important to them, thereby allowing them to live as independently as possible.

Dr. Lewerenz joined us to go over technologies that he uses in his practice that will be helpful in the day-to-day living of those living with PCA.


Audrey Krebs, Assisted Living Administration, Community Relations, Program Management – Get Along Gadgets

Audrey Krebs is certified as a Senior Advisor. Audrey’s passion is serving older adults, having spent the last twenty years in service. Her goal is to empower older adults giving them the tools and education to enhance the quality of their life and that is how Get-Along Gadgets was developed. Ms. Krebs, along with Ms. Beems, joined us to present their “Get-Along Gadgets” to help in the day-to-day living of those living with PCA.


Julia Beems, MA, Senior Instructor, Assistive Technology Program Outreach Coordinator, Emergency Preparedness Program Coordinator with Assistive Technology Partners, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Department of Bioengineering – University of Colorado Denver and Anschutz Medical Campus

Ms Beems trained as a horticultural therapist and rehabilitation counselor/vocational evaluator. She has worked in the field of assistive technology for over 30 years providing assessments, technical assistance and training to individuals with disabilities, their family members, and the professionals who serve them. Ms Beems’ current responsibilities include providing outreach services across Colorado to individuals with disabilities and their family members; professionals from educational, employment, healthcare, and emergency response agencies who work with them; policy makers and legislators; and the general public.

Her areas of expertise include low-tech, low-cost assistive technology solutions, emergency preparedness and modifications for the rural and agricultural communities. Ms Beems represents ATP as a member of the North Central Region Functional Needs Steering Committee, the state Community Preparedness Advisory Council, and the Colorado Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities. She has been recognized by the American Horticultural Therapy Association for Humanitarian Service and by AARP as an Outstanding Community Partner.


Dr. David Lewerenz presented Vision-To-Speech Technology for Posterior Cortical Atrophy – Click Below To View the Presentation:

Vision-To-Speech Technology

Audrey Krebs and Julia Beems presented Get-Along Gadgets and brought many of the “gadgets” with them to pass around. Below are links to all of these amazing gadgets and a few informational links as well.

Get-Along Gadgets

AT Finder

Assistive Technology – Devices to Make Your Life Easier

We hope you enjoy previewing all of these amazing gadgets and the wonderful technology that is available now, and we hope it makes your life a little easier and a lot more gratifying.

Thank you for Your Donations

Linda S. Munilla
John & Joanne Hare
Lauren Munilla
Guin & Ronald Lyster
Janella Rosenthal
Lucy & Anthony Turrisi
An Award-Winning New Mexican Filmmaker
Carol Hawkins
Kurt & Melissa Ronacher
Jessica Fish
Kimberly Best
Jaime & Rose Pabon
Roberta Schain
Michelle Lutz
Dorothy & Dwight Finkel
Jill & Theodore Nelson
Susan Bardwell & Frank Scalise
Dudley A. Eppel, Jr.
Michelle Doe
Andy Weinheimer & Sue Eyler
Robert Yetz
Colleen Peace
Michael & Martha Montano
Barbara & Lee Mendel

Kenneth Tiffany
Edwin Baxter
Thomas & Joy White

Susan & John Quinlan
Victoria Pelak, MD

The Brain and Vision Fund wishes to thank our generous donors! The funds have helped support a student researcher and research presentations on Posterior Cortical Atrophy at National and International Conferences. Donations also made it possible to hire two summer interns beginning June 10, 2019, Stephanie Serva & Vishal Krishnan. Thank you for making a difference for people with PCA.

PCA Summer Interns – Stephanie Serva & Vishal Krishnan

Summer PCA Research Interns Presentations

CBS News Interview

October 24, 2018: Rare Form of Alzheimer’s Affects What The Eyes See – CBS News Interview of Dr. Pelak & Robert Yetz: Click Here

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