Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation
Fredericton, New Brunswick
Lise Bleau graduated from McGIll University (Montreal, Canada) in Occupational Therapy in 1984. At the time she worked in an Adult Neuro Rehab Centre and there were very limited assistive technology options available. Electric typewriters were relatively new. None of her patients had ever seen or used a computer before. In fact, neither had she! But Lise did not shy away from the less than user-friendly solutions (by today’s standards) to help her patients.
After working for several years in home care, Lise accepted a position in Augmentative Communication in 1997 at the Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation (Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada). Technology had evolved and adult patients were aware that ‘’Now that I cannot do what I did, I guess I am going to have to learn to use a computer’’. Over the years Lise witnessed the progressive changes in her patients’ comfort with technology as their discourse changed to ‘’How can I continue to use technology despite my condition?’’. Lise is still at the Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation and for the last few years she has focused on helping children and teenagers with various neurological conditions reach their maximal potential through assistive and mainstream technology in the areas of play, school work, early mobility, communication and home automation.