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Two Adaptive Robotic Feeding Systems: A Comparison

So much of our lives center around food.  The importance of a family eating together has been well-documented and is part of our socialization as people.  But what about someone who is not able to eat on their own?  How does having a caregiver feed you everything that goes into your mouth affect that experience? […]

Time for the Longest Day of the Year – June 21

As we near June 21, the longest day of the year, I have become aware of The Alzheimer’s Association’s fundraiser for this day.  The association asks that you show your love on June 21 for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.  They have created a fundraising event that both symbolizes the daily challenges of Alzheimer’s and […]

3 Great Apps That Help You Stay Off Your Cell Phone and On Task!

It’s no secret people are spending more and more time on their cell phone and less time living in the moment. For those with disabilities effecting their attention, cell phones and other digital devices can cause distractions that prevent them from focusing when it is very important like at work or school. That is why […]

The Top Five Assistive Technology Needs for Aging According to our Audience

To close out Older Americans Month,  I thought we would revisit our top five most visited blogs regarding assistive technology devices for people who aging since we started blogging in 2012.  These posts involve assistive technology (AT) to help a person communicate and be safe and independent in the home of their choice. 5-Accessible Kitchen Features Back in April 2016, […]

Raise Your Voice to Elevate the Fight Against ALS

May is National ALS Awareness Month.  Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is sometimes referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.  The ALS Association is asking supporters to “Raise Your Voice to Elevate the Fight Against ALS” in May. I plan in this month’s blog to talk about the importance of your voice.  People with ALS are robbed […]

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

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 […]