LED Handrails for the Visually Impaired

Awesome product! Thanks to Carol from OTs with Apps and Technology!

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There are a many exciting  innovations emerging for individuals with low vision and blindness, from environmental supports to sophisticated new wearables. The Assistive Technology Daily shares LED handrails that can guide the traveler in the direction of the walkway or stairs in this case.

LED Handrails Collar Assembly Zoon Designs’ LED handrails are both a clever and surprisingly obvious way to light up a staircase. Named the Blind Handrail they are conceived to replace area lighting and put it where it is needed the most. The concept handrails even can be many colors, making the lowly stair well one…

via LED Handrails for the Visually Impaired  — The Assistive Technology Daily

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Wow! Check this out! Amazon Echo can really help persons with disabilities and to get a discount? Awesome!

www.consumerreports.org/amazon/amazon-echo-voice-commands-offer-big-benefits-to-users-with-disabilities/

Test Takers Continue to Face Challenges When Using Some Technology | EdTech Magazine

http://wow! Interesting research! Need to train our students in the appropriate device they will be using for testing! www.edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2016/08/test-takers-continue-face-challenges-when-using-some-technology

December 2016: Calling all OT, AT, special educators and other professionals working with children and adults with writing limitations:

Could you please take and share a quick 10 question (multiple choice) survey for an upcoming presentation I’m performing regarding the use of handwriting/writing assistive technology supports? It’d be greatly appreciated.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HDFMPG3
Molly Shannon, MS, OTR/L, ATP

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/

 

 

Hand Grip: Weak Hands? Weak Body? Why Kids and Millennials are Losing their Grip from ILS Learning Corner

Wow! As OTs we know this, but I also think it is less recesUs,lless PE, less outdoor play, less unstructured play, more finger foods, and less play in general! A must read.

http://ilslearningcorner.com/2016-11-hand-grip-weak-hands-weak-body-why-kids-and-millennials-are-losing-their-grip/