Assistive Technology Team
Janice Herman, PT, MS, has been a practicing clinical physical therapist for more than 35 years. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and master’s in physical therapy from the University of Southern California. In addition to her direct service with adults and children in schools, homes and clinics, Janice has been a prolific author, instructor and researcher. Her passion for assistive technology (AT) began in 1990 at the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America where she was instrumental in founding the field of seating and positioning that earned her international acclaim. Janice believes that the success of all AT relies on supportive seating and positioning to enable children full participation with their world and the opportunity to achieve their highest potential. She shares the physiology and science behind this belief with international audiences through speaking engagements, research papers, seminars and book chapters. As the lead therapist at Southwest Human Development’s ADAPT Shop, she offers specialized seating and positioning consultative services for young children with physical disabilities, as well as support services and training for their therapists and the medical community.
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.