Dr. JR Rizzo is a physician scientist at Rusk Rehabilitation. He leads the Visuomotor Integration Laboratory where his team focuses on eye-hand coordination as it relates to acquired brain injury. Dr. Rizzo has been recognized as a Top 40 under 40 by Crain’s for his industry-leading innovation and dedication to transforming the lives of those with vision deficiencies worldwide. This is a two-part Grand Rounds presentation.
In Part Two, Dr. Rizzo discusses assistive technology. There is lots of it for physical impairments, but what about for sensory impairments, such as mobility? Visually impaired patients may use a white cane while walking, but it misses large physical objects. So, they came up with something they called the Dragon Fly, which may become available commercially by the end of 2019. A form of push and clear technology, it should prove to be highly useful. He talked about advanced driver assist systems (ADAS), systems which, for example, help motor vehicle drivers by improving road safety. Rear end collisions are being reduced significantly. Why can’t we do this for falls experienced by patients with sensory impairments? This work is being done now and he gave examples of how visually impaired pedestrians are being assisted. He also described assistance devices that can help patients in their homes, such as reaching and grasping accurately.