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Assistive Technology Doesn’t need a Computer Chip!

Do you see the Assistive Technology (AT) in this picture? If you guessed the rubber band, you are correct! This little “high tech” piece of rubber can help an individual with vision loss detect the right condiment, shampoo from conditioner, etc., and even though it doesn’t “plug in” or have electricity, it is still AT. […]

Roll Your Way to Easier Computer Access

The RollerMouse by Contour www.contourdesign.com is an ergonomic alternative to the traditional computer mouse. It’s a mouse which moves a cursor around your screen which you control by moving a hollow tube around on a metal bar. If you want the cursor to move up, you rotate the tube away from you, and down you move it […]

Get Tecla! Hands-Free Control of Your Devices

I had the privilege to attend the 34th Annual Closing the Gap Conference in Bloomington, MN with other IPAT AT Consultants.  Not only did this conference offer a number of presentations and workshops, but also offered an exhibit hall filled with vendors that showcased their products and services to assist people of all ages with […]

Apple iOS 10 Part 2: Additional Accessibility Features

In this blog series, I will cover the Color Filters feature added to Accessibility with iOS 10.  If the last blog didn’t make you check out the Accessibility Features with the iOS 10 upgrade on your iPhone and iPad, this next feature I describe will! No other phone or touch screen tablet has ever addressed […]

Diminish Screen Flicker & Brightness for People with Brain Injury

For some people with brain injury, lights can be debilitating due to photosensitivity. Some accommodate this by using sunglasses and hats with brims, however, this doesn’t do much for the bright,  flickering lights emanating from computer and mobile device screens. I was working with an individual with a brain injury last week who needed such an accommodation because […]

iPad Bluetooth Switch Access Disconnecting? Get Hooked!

We have been using Bluetooth switch interfaces with the Apple mobile devices and the built-in switch access for a few years with our clients here at IPAT.  We have found that in some instances, the switch interface’s Bluetooth connection with the iDevice disconnects frequently, and the individual does not have the support system to get it […]

Meet Lucy….A Keyboard That Can Change Lives

A woman named Janine with cerebral palsy created: “Lucy,” an efficient hands free keyboard especially designed for individuals without hand function.  It’s operated with a small laser lamp beam pointed at the keyboard’s letters for a short, adjustable time.  The user can activate it without the need to push anything.  The laser is mounted on […]

Use Assistive Technology? Not too Late to Upgrade to Windows 10!

Have you been delaying your Windows 10 upgrade because your assistive technology (AT) has not caught up with the future? Then take a deep breath and relax.  According to Microsoft, even if you missed the July 29, 2016 deadline AND you use assistive technology, you can still upgrade. Once you are ready, you can go […]

A Portable, Affordable Sit-Stand Desk Solution: VARIDESK

There are many reasons employees would benefit from being able to frequently change position from sitting to standing throughout the day.  For many individuals who have hip replacements, back injuries, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and other issues, the ability to use a sit-stand desk can mean the difference between full and part-time employment to not working at all. Traditional sit-stand desks, whether powered […]

Are Your Tweets Accessible?

If you are a Twitter user and you use it for work, make sure you are taking some simple steps to ensure that the content of your tweets is accessible to readers with disabilities. A quick Twitter overview: it is a popular social networking tool that allows users to send ‘tweets’, short text-based messages up to […]