Assistive Technology Team

Fred Hirsch has been fabricating specialty items for over 20 years since his graduation from the University of Arizona. Fred has always been an early adopter of technology. He believes that through technology we can customize products to individuals instead of making individuals “fit” into a standard product. Fred received “Interface of the Year” award from PC Magazine for a children’s software program he helped create. He takes that same passion to design from the digital world into the physical world. Fred believes the ADAPT Shop is a perfect example of using technology to create a custom solution to a complex problem that cannot be solved with mass produced goods. Fred is factory trained and self-taught in both design software and computerized equipment. Fred is married and has two wonderful children. When he is not volunteering, he enjoys the outdoors.

Juliet Lutz, MA, CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist who has been working at Southwest Human Development since 2003. She received her undergraduate degree at Northern Arizona University and her graduate degree at the University of Iowa, focusing on child language development. Juliet specializes in early intervention, working in the home-based setting, as well as within child care and Early Head Start classrooms. Juliet is also a part of the evaluation team at the Children’s Developmental Center, providing comprehensive, team-based developmental evaluations to children ages birth to 5 and has recently joined the Assistive Technology program, providing support to families and professionals in need of alternative and augmentative communication solutions and equipment expertise to support language development in young children with disabilities.
Beth Rank, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist who joined the ADAPT Shop in 2016. A graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, Beth is also a special-needs parent and combines that first-hand experience with her professional skills, striving to help every family she encounters find more hope and joy in their daily life while experiencing less struggle and strife. Beth revels in using her creative skills to collaboratively formulate solutions for children with disabilities and their families. She shares the responsibility of parenting four amazing children with her husband. Together, they enjoy traveling, fishing, music and training a service dog named Bliss.

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