Empowerment Educational Series

Enhancing Mobility with Bionic Technology

A presentation by Amanda Boxtel

Sunday, September 29, 2013

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Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation is hosting a presentation by Amanda Boxtel, adaptive skiing instructor, co-founder of adaptive ski and outdoor recreation organization Challenge Aspen, and founder of the new Bridging Bionics Foundation.


Paralyzed for 18 years, Ms. Boxtel was the first woman with paraplegia to test the Ekso prototype, eLEGS, in 2010 which enabled her to walk upright again; bent knees and heel to toe. She continues to be an Ekso “Test Pilot.”


Exoskeletons and bionic technology are not yet financially viable options for most individuals and community rehabilitation centers. However, through increased education, research and development, these technologies will gradually become more accessible to the public. By advancing human mobility options beyond standard wheelchairs and unpowered orthotics quality of life for individuals with disabilities will be further enhanced.


In a public presentation, Ms. Boxtel will share her experience and knowledge as well as demonstrate the use of new state-of-the-art bionic technology.



5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

$25 per person; $15 per student


Dinner and Panel


6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

$250 per person; includes presentation

For reservations and information, please contact:
Thomas Reeg, CRHF Administrator, (805)  569-8999 ext. 2143.

or register online at http://amandaboxtel.eventbrite.com


Empowerment through Medical Rehabilitation

An Educational Series


Each year Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation sponsors a public presentation by exceptional people on topics concerning medical rehabilitation and its empowering effects on the lives of people with disabilities.

This is the 4th Annual Empowerment event to benefit the programs and services of Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital.


Past presentations have included Jill Bolte Taylor, PhD, in 2009 on stroke recovery; Hans S. Keirstead, PhD, in 2010 on stem cell therapy for spinal cord injury; in 2011 Trisha Meili, the "Central Park Jogger," on survival and recovery following a traumatic injury; and in 2012, Jack Youngblood on sports-related concussion.



Trisha Meili

2011 speaker



Jill Bolte Taylor

2009 speaker


Hans S. Keirstead
2010 speaker