Tecla Shield: Hands-free control of smart devices

Assistive technology can make things more convenient for some, but for others it makes things possible!  Smart devices have indubitably helped thousands of individuals with special needs communicate, control switches, and so much more.  However, some individuals with upper-body mobility impairments aren’t able to operate their smart device(s) independently.  This is where the Tecla Shield comes in. […]

Ava: Enjoy 24/7 accessible conversations

Many individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing often have to rely on lip reading or an interpreter to engage in conversations.  This is where Ava may prove useful.  Ava is an app noted to be the “first smart captioner for conversations based on machine intelligence.”  In other words, it’s an app that allows users to […]

8 more accessible gift ideas for those who are blind

In November 2014, our very own Nikol Prieto wrote about 10 accessible gift ideas for those with vision impairments.  The article has since become one of our most popular blogs of all time!  Because that article did so well, I wanted to provide you with even more options for your loved ones with visual impairments. […]

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 […]

5 Ways to Utilize Your Amazon Echo

Over the past couple of years, I’ve briefly covered the Amazon Echo.  In sum, the Amazon Echo (aka “Alexa”) is a hands-free personal assistant.  When I first wrote about the Echo, I had very limited knowledge on how it could really benefit individuals with special needs.  I have only recently discovered some cool features and tricks which […]

AT Specialists: 8 Picks from 2016

Last week, I wrote about 2016’s most read posts on different assistive technologies.  For this week’s post, I asked for feedback from our assistive technology specialists about what they enjoyed learning more about or working with this past year. In case you didn’t know, there are two parts of our Assistive Technology Department: the INDATA Project and clinical services. […]