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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 […]

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 […]

Assistive and HERO Celebrate Older Americans Month!

May is Older Americans Month and this year’s theme is Engage at Every Age. The theme emphasizes that you are never too old (or too young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental and emotional well-being and celebrates the many ways older adults make a difference in our communities. Assistive and […]

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 […]

Assistive Technology Is Not for the Weak!

Phrases I hear too often… “I hope I’ll never need Assistive Technology (AT).” “I don’t need AT because someone else does that task for me.” “I could use AT, but I won’t because it will make me stick-out from the crowd.” These perceptions of Assistive Technology hold people back. And guess what? If you plan to live well […]

Don’t Overdose on Medication Just Because You Can’t Read the Prescription Bottle

Do you have trouble reading your prescription bottles?  The print is small and hard to read especially for those who are visually impaired, blind, or have a reading disability.  Taking the wrong medication or taking too much or too little can be very dangerous.  There is a company, En-Vision America, who has come out with […]

National Diabetes Month – “You Are the Center of Your Diabetes”

November is National Diabetes Month and this year’s theme is “You Are the Center of Your Diabetes.”  This theme highlights the importance of managing your diabetes to prevent diabetes-related health issues and that you are vital to the process.  You must be your own advocate. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and […]

Accessibility Features on Dish Network – TV Watching Made Easier

About a month ago, I visited the ND Vision Services/School for the Blind and had wonderful conversations with some of the staff.  One of the fascinating things I learned was from Candy Lien, Braille instructor.  I learned that Dish Network has some great options for people with visual impairments and other disabilities.  Candy told me […]

It’s National Senior Citizens Day!

The year was 1988; President Ronald Reagan created National Senior Citizens Day on August 21 with a proclamation, declaring that, “Throughout our history, older people have achieved much for our families, our communities, and our country. That remains true today, and gives us ample reason this year to reserve a special day in honor of […]