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Learn How Assistive Saved a Woman’s Life!

We work with a lot of assistive technology (AT) devices here at, Assistive.  Some of this AT not only increases independence , but can actually save a life.  One of our very own board members, Carol Anhorn, discovered this. “As a marketing professional for more than 30 years, I have often been asked to serve […]

Battery Operated Switch Scissors–It Really “Makes the Cut!”

Switch-adapted scissors from Enabling Devices will allow children and adults with varying types of disabilities participate in art and other classroom or home activities. They are easy to use. Only requirements are a switch and 2 AA batteries.  I tried them while the scissors was attached to the base unit, and then again after disconnecting […]

Fun Switch Toy that Creates Art – the Color Bug!

Switch adapted toys help kids with varying types of disabilities imagine, dream, problem solve, learn, and develop new skills through play! These toys are a crucial part of child development and come in many shapes and sizes; toys that light up, move, flash, sing, make music, interact, and more. Every so often, I am lucky […]

Visual and Audible Tool That Helps Answer the Question: “How Much Longer?”  Time Tracker, an Effective Tool

Visual timers benefit people who need help keeping track of activities, or help understanding a sense of time.  There are a lot of situations where a visual timer can help. Time Tracker is a wonderful visual and audible timer that reinforce time management.  Bright light sections flash sequentially to give visual cues as to the […]

A Portable Scanner Alternative for the iPhone – ScanJig!

  For people with disabilities scanning or taking pictures documents, books, magazines, and more provide: Text to be read by Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software so people with reading disabilities, low vision, blindness, or other disabilities can convert text to speech. A picture of a document, such as a worksheet, so that people with writing difficulties can […]

Apple Apps to Help With Task Management

There are many useful apps out there to assist individuals with communication needs, developmental delays, those who are on the autism spectrum, and anyone who would benefit from a structured environment with visual schedules to increase independence and lower anxiety.  Here are some of my favorites…  Pictello Pictello is the perfect tool for visual storytelling […]

Assistive Technology: Know About It Before You Need It!

  I will never forget, about 15 years ago, hearing the following from a teary-eyed consumer,  “If I had only known about this locked medication dispenser, I never would have put my dad into a nursing home! Medication was the only reason he couldn’t live in his own home.”  At that point in my work […]

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 […]

KNFB Reader Now for Android Device Users!

The KNFB Reader is an app that provides scan and read technology in a portable easy to use format for people with vision or reading disabilities.  This app will take a picture of almost any printed document and then read it out loud to the user almost instantaneously. Back on November 6, 2014, Jeannie highlighted […]