From Smart Tech: Beyond Limitations:
Amanda Jozkowski met [Max] when he was just a few months old. The professor of occupational therapy and occupational science knew she wanted to help Max become more independent.
While his movements and communication are limited by SMA, he is as cognitively aware and as intelligent as his peers. Jozkowski recognized that Max and children like him need smart tech systems and devices they can wear to help them communicate, get around in wheelchairs and control their environments.
To design, assess and develop this technology, she created the SMA Tiger Research Team, a collaboration among professors and graduate students from the departments of Computer and Information Sciences, and Speech-Language Pathology, along with initial financial support from the General Endowment for the Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics.
The next step was obtaining additional funding from the Mid-Atlantic CIO Forum, which issues grants for information technology projects. The board unanimously approved a multi-year grant for the SMA Tiger Research Team. Calling it “a great project to support,” David Powell, CIO Forum grants facilitator, adds, “We hope that the technology can be used for other similar cases.”