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: 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 […]

Consumer Highlight: Laura Medcalf

If you regularly read of our blog, then you already know the great writings of our Social Media Content Specialist, Laura Medcalf. However, you might not know a lot about her or that she once was a consumer at Easter Seals Crossroads. Laura was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy when she was only 4-years-old. Spinal Muscular […]