GREAT and Free AT Resource!

Can’t say enough good things about this free resource by a mom of a young man with ASD called Able2Learn! Social stories, adapted books, guided coloring sheets, worksheets, and more. Check it out! http://able2learn.com/categories/behaviour-management/new-category.html

Amazon Echo as an Accessibility Support

Fantastic resource about Amazon Echo by Luis Perez @luisperezonline.com

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Amazon describes the Echo as a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa (Amazon’s answer to Siri, Cortana and other voice assistants) to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms, and more. I had been wanting to try the Echo since its launch, but I was just not willing to pay the $180 for the original version of this device. 

When Amazon announced a smaller version of the Echo, the Echo Dot, for $50 in the spring of this year, I saw this as a perfect opportunity to try it. The smaller version includes a lower quality speaker than its larger cousin, but since I have a number of Bluetooth speakers already this is not a major issue. Other than the speaker, the rest of the device performs similarly whether you are using the $180 model or the $5o dollar one. Unfortunately, the original Echo Dot was originally released in…

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Brilliant Product: Liftware Steady

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Liftware Steady (previously marketed as “Liftware”) is an “electronic stabilizing handle and a selection of attachments that include a soup spoon, everyday spoon, and fork. Liftware Steady is designed to help people with hand tremor, which may be related to Parkinson’s disease or essential tremor, eat more easily.”

Take time to check out the Liftware product line which is amazing for dampening tremors for persons with disabilities. The cost for the starter kit is $195 and we’ve heard that the VA can be a potential source of funding for veteran’s with ALS.

https://www.liftware.com/steady/

 

 

Cybathlon: Battle of the bionic athletes – BBC News

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How bright is the future of assistive technology for person’s with disabilities? Very bright indeed! As an OT you have to love the wide variety of ADL and IADL tasks that were the basis of this novel event. Bravo!

Microsoft Enables Steve Gleason To Autograph With His Eyes, Raise Money for ALS Research

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Great NEW AT Products: 2016

Great NEW AT Products:  2016 by Molly Shannon, OTR/L, ATP, on the ATandOT Blog     After attending the annual Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) conference in Florida last w…

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