Steve Swain: An Assistive Technology Champion

While looking back at when he started as Indiana AgrAbility’s rural rehabilitation specialist, Stephen J. Swain, ATP, let out a hearty laugh and said, “I really had no idea what I was getting into.” Swain has family members with disabilities, but the world of assistive technology (AT) and the language of accessibility was foreign to […]

Voice Banking Allows People to Communicate Using Their Own Speech

There are many assistive technologies available today to help people who have some sort of speech impairment, known collectively as the Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) field. Usually these communications involve some type of computer-generated speech, or recordings of common sayings performed by an actor. Voice banking is one option that lets those who can […]

National Cristina Foundation Connects Nonprofits with Technology

When the National Cristina Foundation was established three decades ago, nobody had yet come up with the term “digital divide.” But that’s what their mission has been for more than 30 years: to connect nonprofit groups with technology needs to donors of reusable hardware so the disadvantaged can have access to computers, mobile devices and […]

Consumer Highlight: Lonell Jones

I met with Lonell Jones and Jim Rinehart, Assistive Technology Specialist at Easterseals Crossroads, at Lonell’s home in Fort Wayne, Indiana to learn about the assistive technology he is using that allows him to keep working. I learned that Lonell was born premature. He told me that he was pronounced dead for twenty minutes. I […]

Consumer Highlight: Alina Willing

I visited Alina at her home in Winona Lake, Indiana. I met with Alina to talk about her experience receiving an assistive technology evaluation and training through Easterseals Crossroads (ESC). Alina invited me to sit in her living room and I learned a little about her life and how she came to receive services from […]

Consumer Highlight: Kathy and Sarah Schumacher

I met with Kathy Schumacher in her lakeside home in beautiful Lake Winona, Indiana to talk to her about her daughter, Sarah. Kathy borrowed assistive technology equipment from The INDATA Project’s Equipment Loan Library and I visited with her to learn more about her daughter and her experience using the loan library. The INDATA Project […]