Marla serves as Director of the Assistive Technology Resource Center (ATRC), which seeks to ensure equal access to technology and electronic information for Colorado State University students and employees with disabilities. She coordinates the services, education, outreach and research activities of the center. Marla oversees a staff that is committed to creating a campus technology climate that considers ALL users.
Services of the ATRC include:
During her academic career, Marla has been involved in research and grant related projects that consider ways technology can enhance people’s participation in their chosen occupations. These have included projects that consider universal design for learning, assistive technology for intellectual disabilities, and most recently use of brain computer interface (BCI) as a means for interaction with the environment.
Additionally, she teaches in the Occupational Therapy program. Her academic focus is in regard to optimizing participation through assistive and mainstream technology and universal design as it relates to technology. She is also drawn to non-traditional and consultative Occupational Therapy models and services.
Personal time is spent enjoying the outdoors and nature through cycling, travel, camping and skiing and she especially enjoys doing those activities with her teenage son.