Happy Thanksgiving!

by Laura M on November 27, 2014

in Easter Seals Crossroads

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The INDATA Project is terrifically thankful for our audience, and for the assistive technology making the impossible possible!

To kick off your holiday shopping, check back tomorrow for part one of our Holiday Podcast to get some great gift ideas for your friends and family.

We had lots of fun recording the holiday podcasts (as demonstrated below) and we hope you enjoy! :)

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Writer: Tiffany Whisner, Coles Marketing

Have you ever had a conversation with a friend or family member and just can’t seem to communicate to them what you’re thinking? Communication problems can be the result of anything from hard-to-decipher nonverbal cues or too little information to the wrong communication method or not paying attention.

Many relationship problems — whether in your personal or professional life — stem from poor communication.

But how is that challenge compounded when you speak English, and the person you are communicating with — uses sign language?

 

Hearing tools for the future

Jordan Stemper was born and raised near Milwaukee, Wis. And at 11 years old, he received a cochlear implant.

“In high school, I was mainstreamed with no interpreter,” Stemper said. “It was a personal choice of mine.”

Get started using UNIAccording to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), about two to three out of every 1,000 children in the United States are born with a detectable level of hearing loss in one or both ears. And one in eight people in the U.S. — more than 30 million people — aged 12 years or older have hearing loss in both ears.

Many people with hearing loss can benefit from hearing aids, assistive technology devices and cochlear implants as well as from captioning and American Sign Language (ASL).

“One of the main impacts of hearing loss is on the individual’s ability to communicate with others,” notes the World Health Organization. “However, when opportunities are provided for people with hearing loss to communicate, they can participate on an equal basis with others. The communication may be through spoken/written language or through sign language.” Stemper’s eyes were opened to the magnitude of this particular communication barrier when he attended Rochester Institute of Technology for his undergraduate studies.

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Control your computer with the Jouse3!

November 25, 2014 Computers

For individuals with mobility impairments, there are several assistive technologies available to help them control their computers and other devices.  A company behind some of these technologies, called Compusult, has a slogan stating that they are “delivering innovative solutions to the world.”  Staying true to their slogan, they’ve recently released their newest addition to the Jouse family, the […]

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Tech Tip: Bookmarks on Kurzweil 3000

November 24, 2014 Tech Tips

Craig shows us how to use the bookmarks feature in Kurzweil 3000.  Check it out! To learn more about the Kurzweil 3000 program, visit the Kurzweil Education website.

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ATU182 – Roger Voice, KNFB Reader, RESNA’s new Singapore Conference, Legislative Update From Audrey Busch, Drive About Number Neighborhood App

November 21, 2014 Assistive Technology Update

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Your weekly dose of information that keeps you up to date on the latest developments in the field of technology designed to assist people with disabilities and special needs. Show notes: Roger Voice: Pablo Seuc-Rocher http://hello.rogervoice.com/ RESNA launches new conference in Singapore in conjunction with RehabTech Asia | […]

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Flic: “Control your smart home with a flic”

November 20, 2014 Products and Devices

Home automation is becoming quite common.  After all, with this technology we can turn our lights on or off, lock the door, adjust the thermostat, and so much more–all through applications on our smartphones.  With it already so convenient, is there anyway home automation could get any easier?  Yes!  With a new product called Flic, you can easily control […]

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10 accessible gift ideas for friends or family who are blind or visually impaired

November 19, 2014 Products and Devices

Walk in to any store, turn on any television or listen to the radio and you know that the gift -giving season is upon us. It can be stressful to come up with ideas and you may be asking yourself do they really need another scarf or candle? Sometimes there is no better gift than […]

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Dyslexie: a font to help dyslexics read better

November 18, 2014 Learning Disabilities

Did you know the term “dyslexia” is derived from the Latin word “dys,” which translates to difficult, and the Greek word “lexia,” which translates to words?  Therefore, the meaning of dyslexia literally translates to “difficulty with words.”  Roughly 10 percent of the world’s population is affected by this learning disability, which makes it difficult to read and write.  Dutch […]

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Tech Tip: CamScanner App

November 17, 2014 Tech Tips

Mark Stewart, Assistive Technology Professional here at Easter Seals Crossroads, introduces us to a free PDF document scanner and OCR available on iOS devices.  Check it out! Click here for more information on the CamScanner App!

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ATU181 – Lekotek’s Toys and Games for kids with disabilities, Microsoft’s 3D soundscape, Virtual Conference for People with Dyslexia

November 14, 2014 Assistive Technology Update

Podcast: Play in new window | Download   Your weekly dose of information that keeps you up to date on the latest developments in the field of technology designed to assist people with disabilities and special needs. Show Notes: Adaptive Toys and Play with Ahren Hoffman, Manager of Industry Relationships and Partnerships, National Lekotek Center […]

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