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Show Notes:

NFB Newsline with Scott White | www.nfbnewsline.org

RESNA Research Committee collaborates on AT Outcomes Day at ATIA | Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America http://buff.ly/1AEZt6Y

On the Hill with Audrey Busch | www.ataporg.org

Special Segment: AT of Christmas’ Future! Startup Campaigns that may become AT in the future

WHILL : World’s Most Advanced Personal Mobility Device by WHILL — Kickstarter http://buff.ly/1AiYn0M

TAP http://buff.ly/1AiYKZe

Nimble, Zero Lag & High Accuracy Gesture Control. | Indiegogo http://buff.ly/1A6GVhP

RogerVoice Phone App http://buff.ly/1AiYSYI

Notti: A More Beautiful Smart Light by Witti Inc — Kickstarter http://buff.ly/1AiYYQi

AMPY: Power your devices from your motion by AMPY — Kickstarter http://buff.ly/1A6Hokh

 

 

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SCOTT WHITE: Hi, I’m Scott White, the director of sponsored technology programs for the National Federation of the Blind, and this is your Assistive Technology Update.

WADE WINGLER: Hi, this is Wade Wingler with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads in Indiana with your Assistive Technology Update, a 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.
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Flexible Utensils

by Laura M on December 18, 2014

in Autism, Mobility, Products and Devices

For many individuals with special needs, performing fine motor tasks such as writing or feeding oneself proves to be quite the challenge.  While there are many products available to help said individuals accomplish these tasks, the Flexible Utensils appear
to be more… well, flexible.

Pediatric Flexible Utensils, $19.95

The Flexible Utensils are available in three different models.  Up first are the Pediatric Flexible Utensils which include a flexible foam handle that allows for positioning of utensils at any angle.  The Pediatric model is designed to fit any child’s grip and skill level.

Pediatric Flexible Utensils Features and Specifications:

  • Specifically designed to fit a child’s grip.pediatric flexible utensils
  • Includes Velcro Strap to secure utensils to individual’s hand.
  • Plastisol-coated spoon model protects lips and teeth while reducing temperature sensitivity
  • Handle measure’s 0.75″ in diameter and 10″ long.
  • Hand wash with warm, soapy water.  (Dishwasher safe up to 125º.)
  • BPA, phthalates and latex-free.

Flexible Utensils, $18.95

The Flexible Utensils are quite similar to the Pediatric model as they include a long foam handle that can be bent or positioned at any angle, promoting self-feeding.

Flexible Utensils Features and Specifications:

  • Can be customized to fit any individual user’s grip.flexible utensils
  • Includes Velcro Strap to secure utensils to user’s hand.
  • Plastisol-coated spoon model protects lips and teeth while reducing temperature sensitivity.
  • Weight: 4 ounces
  • Handle measures 1″ in diameter and 14″ long.
  • Hand wash only with warm, soapy water.
  • BPA, phthalates and latex-free.

Deluxe Flexible Utensils, $27.95

This is the deluxe model of the Flexible Utensils.  The Deluxe design retains the customizable positioning and adds a Loc-line extension for a more secure fit around the user’s hand.

Deluxe Flexible Utensils Features and Specifications:

  • Can be customized to fit any user’s grip.deluxe flexible utensils
  • Includes Velcro Strap to secure utensils to the user’s hand.
  • Plastisol-coated spoon model protects lips and teeth while reducing temperature sensitivity.
  • Weight: 4 ounces
  • Handle measures 1″ in diameter and 14″ long.
  • Hand wash only with warm, soapy water.
  • BPA, phthalates and latex-free.

To learn more about these dining utensils and more, visit the eSpecial Needs page on utensils.

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The 12 apps of Christmas for kids with special needs

December 17, 2014 Products and Devices

Two things most kids love are Christmas and iPads. What better way to celebrate both than with Christmas apps?! Whether you are looking for apps to navigate the season, learn about christmas, make a christmas card or just for creative play we have a list of kid friendly apps for all types of abilities. The […]

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Visually Impaired Can ‘See’ with Enactive Torch

December 16, 2014 Products and Devices

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 3.4 million Americans aged 40 and older are legally blind or visually impaired.  By 2030, that number is expected to rise to 6 million as more baby boomers develop diabetes and age-related disease.  The CDC also notes that vision loss is among the top 10 causes of […]

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Tech Tip: The Tile

December 15, 2014 Products and Devices

Never lose your items again with the Tile!  Our director of assistive technology here, Wade Wingler, shows us what to expect with this handy product.  Check it out! To learn more, visit our blog post on The Tile App or go to www.thetileapp.com.

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ATU185 – Web Accessibility Webinar Series from ATAP (Rob Carr), Intel and Stephen Hawking’s New Assistive Technology, Department of Justice Settlement with Peapod, Robots in Libraries

December 12, 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: Web accessibility webinar series: Rob Carr | Accessibility Coordinator, Oklahoma ABLE Tech Settlement Agreement between the United […]

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WatchMinder: Vibrating Watch and Reminder System

December 11, 2014 Products and Devices

There are several options available for individuals with ADHD, asthma, diabetes, etc., to ensure that they are staying on track with their medications and more.  And with all the smart devices on the market today, there are many apps specifically designed to aide said individuals.  However, Dr. Laurence Becker, child psychologist, felt alerts on phones […]

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5 Fun Sensory Holiday Crafts!

December 10, 2014 Visual

“Ohh, the weather outside is frightful…”  So doesn’t staying inside sound so delightful?  As temperatures decline and snow begins to blanket the ground, many parents seek ways to keep their children entertained.  Instead of reaching for that tablet computer, try engaging their senses with these holiday craft ideas! 1. Stained Glass Mittens Adorn the windows of your house […]

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Tablet computers and apps for the holidays!

December 9, 2014 Computers

In part two of our recent, 4th annual assistive technology holiday shopping show, our friends at Bridging Apps listed their top suggestions for anyone considering a tablet computer for someone as a holiday gift. Here is what they suggested. Top tablet recommendations : iPad mini: The iPad mini is very easy to use, has many […]

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Tech Tip: Doc and App Readers on ZoomText

December 8, 2014 Tech Tips

Josh Anderson shows us how to utilize the doc and app reader features available on ZoomText.  Check it out! To learn more about ZoomText, visit the Ai Squared website.

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