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Bathtub Water Level Alarms

Bathtub and shower safety is a major concern for older adults. Numerous studies have shown that many independently bathing older adults without cognitive impairments do have trouble or are unsafe getting into and out of the tub or shower stall. Add in the dimension of dementia and the opportunity for bathroom accidents beyond just falls […]

Control an Android Tablet With Your Head

AT for computer access boils down to an individual unable to use a standard mouse or keyboard to interact and manipulate the computer interface. There can be many reasons for this, an accident, a repetitive stress injury, or an acquired disease to name a few. There are many ways to provide an alternate means of […]

Text-to-speech for iOS….Pinned!

I have to admit that out of all of the social media outlets available, Pinterest had not yet captured my interest (a saying that is probably cliché by now).  However, I was recently doing some research with Google on apps for reading with speech output and came across  Laura S. Enders’ Pinterest page for  Text to […]

Simple 911 Access Always

 Scenario one – you are in trouble. The power is out, your land line is down and your cell phone needs a charge, how are you going to call 911? Scenario two – your parents are aging, living alone, and get confused using a standard cell phone. How can they quickly get help in the […]

AT Quips

  Working within the assistive technology industry can often times be pretty serious business. Stepping back and looking for some humor in what happens day-to-day can make the workload lighter. Below are a few pictures and cartoons I’ve found that are bound to make you chuckle!                   […]

Comparing Communication Apps Made Simple

The explosion of  applications to help people without a voice communicate using an iPhone or iPad can leave you feeling shell-shocked. To help you get a handle on the multitude of apps and move you toward systematically selecting the right AAC application, Jane Farrell has created a comprehensive AAC app comparison chart. She does a […]

How to Select the Right AT the First Time

Is there anything more frustrating than purchasing an item that does not do what you thought it would? Sadly, assistive technology (AT) device purchases often end up in that frustrating category, and as a result are not valued or used. In an effort to help you select the right AT device, and save you time, […]

The easiest way to simplify a TV remote control

If you have bought or looked at television remote controls in the past five years, you know that the complexity level is rising. The ability of TVs to do more and more and the popularity of universal remotes have made it more difficult to understand. For an individual who is aging, has a cognitive deficiency, […]

Vizio Co-Star: A step in the right direction for low vision users

  The Vizio Co-Star is a streaming media player and entertainment hub for TV. Basically the Co-Star is a tiny box that has a version of the Android operating system that allows a user to stream videos from Netflix, Hulu Plus, or Amazon Video. Other features of the player allow for download of Android Play […]

Two Birds-One Device: Portable Two-Way Communicator & Alarm

During a recent consult, I was asked the following questions by someone caring for an individual with dementia: “Is there a device that will sound an alarm when the individual leaves their bedroom that I can clip to my belt?” “I also want to be able to talk to them, to slow them down before […]


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