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Bethesda technologist earns a certification

May 21, 2019 GMT

Barb Silver-Thorn, technologist with Bethesda, has earned the assistive technology professional certification by the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America. This certification will create opportunities to put technology to work to enhance the lives of people Bethesda supports.

An assistive technology professional analyzes the needs of individuals with disabilities, assists in the selection of the appropriate equipment and trains the consumer on how to properly use the specific equipment.

Silver-Thorn will use the knowledge learned through the credentialing to support assistive technology integration throughout the organization. Her work includes the assessment of people supported to determine how and what technology can further enhance independence and inclusion -- ultimately changing the way care, support and services are delivered.


To become certified, one must establish eligibility through 3,000 hours of work experience and education and pass an exam that tests competency in the field of assistive technology.