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Anita Perr

Clinical Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

212-998-5833

Anita Perr is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy. Anita uses collaborative teaching to encourage students to explore the best ways to approach clinically relevant issues. Her extensive clinical experience informs her classroom teaching. Students appreciate the problem-based, practical nature of her courses.

Anita Perr has expertise in the use of assistive technology by persons with disabilities and has lectured on topics such as seating and positioning and adaptive computer technology. She has presented at local and national conferences on topics such as environmental accessibility, wheelchair mobility, and assistive technology. Anita has written and co-authored many papers and textbook chapters.

Ms. Perr holds certification in Neurodevelopmental Treatment of the Adult Hemiplegic and is certified as an Assistive Technology Professional. As a member of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA), she has been involved in the credentialing process for Assistive Technology Practitioners, Assistive Technology Suppliers, and Rehabilitations Engineers. Collaborations with NYU Tisch's ITP and NYU Tandon's IDM Program have resulted in the development of the NYU Ability project (http://ability.nyu.edu/), an interdisciplinary research space for the development of assistive technologies.

Selected Publications

  • Perr, A. (in press). Restoring transfers and functional mobility. In D. Dirette and S. Gutman (Eds.), Occupational Therapy in Physical Dysfunction. NY, NY: Wolters Kluwer.
  • Koch, KE & Perr, A. (2018). Application of Wheelchair and Seating Standards: From Inside the Test Lab and Beyond. In ML Lange and JL Minkel (eds) Seating and Wheeled Mobility: A Clinical Resource Guide. Thorofare, NJ: Slack.
  • Perr, A. & Howe, T-S. (2014). Self care occupations. In J. Hinojosa, & M. L. Blount (Eds.), The texture of life: Purposeful activities in the context of occupation (4th ed,). Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.
  • Perr, A. (2014). Independence: Simulation of life activities to occupation. In J. Hinojosa, & M. L. Blount (Eds.), The texture of life: Purposeful activities in the context of occupation (4th ed,). Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.
  • Axelson, P., Minkel, J., & Perr, A. (2013). The manual wheelchair training guide, 2nd edition. Minden, NV: PAX Press.
  • Perr, A. & Bell, P. (2009). Moving from simulation to real-life activity and human occupation. In J. Hinojosa, & M. L. Blount (Eds.), The texture of life: Purposeful activities in the context of occupation (3rd ed., pp. 335-365). Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.
  • Perr, A. (2009). Range of human activity: Self-care occupations. In J. Hinojosa & M. L. Blount (Eds.), The texture of life: Purposeful activities in the context of occupation (3rd ed., 435-451). Betheseda, MD: AOTA Press.
  • Perr, A. & Miller, J. (2009). Range of human activity: Work occupations. In J. Hinojosa & M. L. Blount (Eds.), The texture of life: Purposeful activities in the context of occupation (3rd ed., pp 409- 433). Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.

Programs

Occupational Therapy

NYU Steinhardt’s occupational therapy program educates both aspiring OTs and credentialed professionals looking to further develop their practices.

Courses

Developing Assistive Technology

This multi-disciplinary course allows students from a variety of backgrounds to work together to develop examples of assistive technology. Partnering with outside organization students will work in teams to identify a clinical need relevant to a certain clinical site or client population, and learn the process of developing an idea and following that through the development of a prototype product. The major learning activity is the design and fabrication of a device (piece of equipment, software, etc.) that meets a specific need for a specific person with a disability or a clinic that treats clients with disabilities or a category of people with similar needs as a result of their disability.
Course #
OT-GE 2900
Units
3
Term
Fall
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Professors

Anita Perr ,
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