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Use A Personal Sound Amplification Device WIRELESSLY!

Simply put, Personal Sound Amplification Products (PSAPs) amplify sounds to help people hear better. PSAPs are different from hearing aids because they amplify all sounds with little room for adjustment, whereas hearing aids are designed to meet the specific needs of the individual. With that said PSAPs serve as an alternative when hearing aids are lost, damaged, or being […]

The Critter Catcher as Assistive Technology?

  Do you have difficulty retrieving tiny items off the floor such as your pills, band-aids, contact lens, hearing aid battery, coins, etc., and your standard Reacher is not cut out for the job?  If so, the Critter Catcher just might do the trick!  This clever device, created to catch and dispose of the occasional arachnid […]

AIRA Glasses – Trained Eyes

My co-worker, Tami, and I went to the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference in San Diego last month and there were so many AT (assistive technology) devices to see in the exhibit area and many great workshops on accessibility and AT.  One of the AT items I’ve been interested in for some time has been the […]

Use Your Landline Phone to Make Calls with the Echo Connect!

    Have you gone totally cellular? Has it left you missing the low hum of a well tuned dial tone? Do you miss the nostalgic feeling of dialing on a rotary phone – spending no less than 30 seconds cranking in a phone number only to get one digit wrong half way through, causing you […]

AbleLink Apps Create Independence: Part 1

I have been following the work of AbleLink Technologies since I first saw them at a conference back in the late 90’s. I remember being captivated by their software applications on Personal Digital Assistants or PDAs, which helped people with cognitive disabilities increase their independent living and works skills.  Today the company is still at it […]

Be My Eyes Update

It seems to be the week for updates.  I wrote a blog in October about the Be My Eyes App which had just become available for Android users.  In the past it was only available for iOS users.   This blog can be read at http://ndipat.org/blog/be-my-eyes-for-a-minute/.   Be My Eyes is an app that connects customers […]

Update on Seeing AI Application: More Channels and More Countries

In August I wrote a blog about Seeing AI (http://ndipat.org/blog/seeing-ai-eye-like-it/) which is an iOS application designed primarily for those who are blind or visually impaired.  This FREE app uses the camera on an iPhone or iPad to describe the world. Here is the update.  In addition to reading short text immediately, scanning and dictating a […]

What Do You Do with an App Like Due?

I heard about the Due App from a buzz surrounding the Assistive Technology (AT) community. When something trends in our quirky group of professionals, you know it must be good. One trip to the App Store and 4 dollars and 99 cents later I had the app in hand and was eager with anticipation to […]

The ASSISTIVE Possibilities Fund Gives a Lift!

  One of the most natural things a person might want to do in life is to sit back and relax. However, if you live alone and cannot independently maneuver out of a comfy chair due to aging or a physical disability, this can be a difficult if not impossible activity.  Medicare may pay for […]

Make Some Music with Assistive Technology!

Assistive Technology (AT) is found in every realm on life, including music! Every person, including those with disabilities, should be given an opportunity to explore and find what music makes them groove! In this blog check out a few of my favorite pieces of AT for creating or playing music. Keep in mind, this is […]