Good Shepherd Therapist Named to R.E.S.N.A Professional Standards Board1/6/2008
January 6, 2008
Allentown—Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network's Carrie Kane, MS, CCC-SLP/L, ATP, was recently elected to a two-year term on the Professional Standards Board of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (R.E.S.N.A.). R.E.S.N.A. is an Arlington, Virginia-based interdisciplinary association of professionals that promotes research, development, education, provision and advocacy of assistive technology for individuals with a disability.
Assistive technologies are devices that increase, maintain and improve the functional capabilities of people with disabilities. Specific assistive technology devices range from wheelchairs and computer access aids to specialized phones and communication devices.
Kane, of Allentown, was selected to join the board because of her unique background as a speech pathologist and a R.E.S.N.A-certified assistive technology practitioner (ATP).
"It is an incredible honor to be able to represent both Good Shepherd and the speech pathology field on R.E.S.N.A.'s Professional Standards Board," says Kane. "I believe that improving assistive technology education and awareness in both clinicians and suppliers in the assistive technology field will ultimately enrich the lives of residents, patients and clients who could benefit from this technology."
Kane received a bachelor's degree in speech pathology and audiology from East Stroudsburg University and a master's degree in speech from Ithaca College. She joined Good Shepherd to complete her graduate externship and was later hired full time in 1997.
In the past 11 years, Kane has fulfilled many roles at Good Shepherd as a certified speech pathologist and assistive technology practitioner. In 2001, she launched a successful outpatient rehabilitation program of augmentative and alternative communications for adults with severe communication disorders.
Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, based in Allentown, Pennsylvania, is a nationally recognized rehabilitation leader, offering a continuum of care for people with physical and cognitive disabilities and specializing in assistive and rehabilitation technology. More than 36,000 people come to Good Shepherd each year for specialized programs in stroke, orthopedics, brain injury, spinal cord injury, pediatrics, amputation and more. Good Shepherd provides rehabilitation services in 7 eastern Pennsylvania counties. Good Shepherd operates 14 outpatient sites, 4 inpatient sites, a long-term acute care hospital, 2 long-term care homes for people with severe disabilities, an independent living facility, a Work Services division that provides employment training and job placement and a lifestyle products store called Rehability. Good Shepherd was founded in 1908 when The Rev. John and Estella Raker invited a disabled orphan named Viola into their Allentown, Pennsylvania, home. Good Shepherd is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. For more information, visit www.goodshepherdrehab.org.