Will Wade

Will Wade

Assistive Technology Specialist (Occupational Therapy) at ACE Centre

Oldham, United Kingdom
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Will Wade's Overview

  • Lead Occupational Therapist at Kent CAT (Communication & Assistive Technology) Service
  • Occupational Therapist at ACE Centre
  • Occupational Therapist at Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre NHS Trust

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Will Wade's Summary

Currently working at ACE Centre (North) as an Assistive Technology Specialist. As well as this I'm currently a honorary researcher at Oxford Brookes University.

Having a background in computer science and web-based applications I have a particular interest in finding ways that IT can aid and assist Occupational Therapists and the clients they manage.

Will Wade's Experience

Assistive Technology Specialist (Occupational Therapy)

ACE Centre

Civic & Social Organization industry

October 2012Present (2 years) Oldham, United Kingdom

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

September 2006Present (8 years 1 month) Oxford, United Kingdom

An employee of Oxford Brookes University from Sept 2006-2008 carrying out a research study into the sitting ability of children with cerebral palsy playing on a movement controlled computer game system, led by Dr David Porter. Have continued my links with the University acting as an Honorary researcher carrying out evaluation and small-scale research activities within the field of Assistive Technology, Occupational Therapy and enablement.

Lead Occupational Therapist

Kent CAT (Communication & Assistive Technology) Service

February 2011October 2012 (1 year 9 months)

Occupational Therapist

ACE Centre

January 2009January 2011 (2 years 1 month) Oxford, United Kingdom

Occupational Therapist

Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre NHS Trust

May 2008January 2009 (9 months)

Senior Web Developer

Holiday Extras

May 2003August 2007 (4 years 4 months)

Client-side developer


September 2001September 2002 (1 year 1 month)

Web Developer


September 2000June 2001 (10 months)

Web builder


19992001 (2 years)

Will Wade's Certifications

  • Health Professions Council (HPC) Registration

    • Health Professions Council
    • License OT49669
  • British Association of Occupational Therapists Membership

    • British Association of Occupational Therapists
    • License BT02368

Will Wade's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Enabler/Personal Assistant

      Living Options
      • Environment
      June 2004 September 2005 (1 year 4 months)

      Supported four young physically disabled adults based on the South Coast of England, providing 24 hour care, support and personal assistance.

    • Occupational Therapy Assistant

      Treloar School
      • Health
      May 2005 September 2005 (5 months)

      Provided support to the Occupational Therapy department within a busy, large, special needs school.

  • Volunteer Interests

    • Causes I care about:

      • Health

Will Wade's Projects

  • MorseWriter

    • February 2012 to Present
    Team Members: Will Wade

    A small system tray app designed in Python to interpret one or two key presses pressed in a set way (morse) and convert them to the key equivalent. This should mean that a user who has good timing can access the entire computer to write and control their machine - potentially with one or two keys or switches.

  • ClickScroll

    • March 2012 to March 2012
    Team Members: Will Wade, Simon Judge

    To scroll the most foreground window with the Mouse/Pointer. For Mac OS X.

    Sometimes the scroll bars are just too minimal, particularly in Lion (even if you disable that feature. This app helps to provide individuals with limited control and movement the ability to use the scroll bars in whatever app they are in.

Will Wade's Courses

  • Independent Coursework

    • 24 Hour Postural Management, Assessment and Levels of Ability

Will Wade's Publications

  • Sitting playfully: does the use of a centre of gravity computer game controller influence the sitting ability of young people with cerebral palsy?

    • Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology
    • October 4, 2011
    Authors: Will Wade, David Porter, Donna Cowan

    Purpose: An investigative study to examine whether sitting ability could be improved through the use of a suite of computer games operated by leaning in one of four directions in a seated position. Method: Young people with cerebral palsy played with a suite of computer games controlled using a sitting platform that can detect changes in the distribution of pressure. A randomized cross-over trial with two periods of three months involving intervention or no intervention was used. Sitting ability was measured at the beginning and end of each period with participants acting as their own controls. Results: Statistically significant improvements were seen in two elements of box sitting using the Chailey levels (shoulder girdle position and spinal profile) and in five elements of the Sitting Assessment for Children with Neuromotor Dysfunction across both reach and rest phases of the assessment. Conclusions: The study provides evidence to suggest that a meaningful and engaging therapeutic activity, such as using computer games controlled by leaning the upper body, can help to improve sitting ability in children with neuromotor dysfunction. Further work is required to understand fully what effects such activities have on the various components of sitting ability. Implications for Rehabilitation: Children with a neuromotor dysfunction such as Cerebral Palsy have less opportunities to play and have difficulty using standard computer based gaming equipment. Games consoles that require body movement such as the Nintendo Wii and Kinect are being purchased by Schools, Rehabilitation Centres and by Families with a number of aims. In a small sample this study indicates that using such equipment may improve some aspects of sitting ability.

  • Creating a learning community in today's world: how blogging can facilitate continuing professional development and international learning

    • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy
    • June 2009

    Blogs are publicly accessible websites that are authored by one or several individuals (Boulos et al 2006). These individuals post regular entries and encourage comment on their work, thereby creating discussion and debate. Preliminary evidence suggests that blogging facilitates learning, assists personal and professional development, and provides an opportunity to reflect on issues raised by others from different cultural perspectives (Martin 2007). This opinion piece is based on the shared experiences of five occupational therapy bloggers from the United Kingdom, Aotearoa/New Zealand and the United States and suggests that blogging has a key role in demonstrating evidence of continuing professional development in a globalised community.

Will Wade's Skills & Expertise

  1. Assistive Technology
  2. Occupational Therapy
  3. Playful
  4. Posture
  5. Programming
  6. AAC
  7. Pediatrics

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