Safe Toys and Gifts for the Holidays

Winter has come. The holiday season is upon us. As we brace for an impending invasion of family, friends and frosty temperatures — holiday shopping can be an escape everyone enjoys. Finding gifts for children with special needs around the holidays often begets high stress levels. Luckily, the 2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Children with […]

The Ability in Disability: New Vision, Same Values

Writer: Tiffany Whisner, Coles Marketing For eight decades, Easterseals Crossroads has been a leader in the Indianapolis community for people with disabilities. “Easterseals Crossroads has been around since 1936 — initially it began as a social club for 12 teenagers with disabilities,” said Katie Harris, director of design and communication at Easterseals Crossroads. “Our Easterseals […]

What’s That You Hear? Podcasting with INDATA

Writer: Tiffany Whisner, Coles Marketing Supplies needed: a computer, portable media player or smartphone; a program for listening to MP3 audio files; an Internet connection; and earphones. What are you doing? Listening to a podcast. While podcasting is a relatively new term, its roots date all the way back to the 1980s, first known as […]

Letters with a Deeper Meaning

Writer: Tiffany Whisner, Coles Marketing ATP. Assistive Technology Professional. This certification is more than just three letters after your name. Just like all educational degrees, licensures, certifications and awards, ATP means something — not just to the person who receives it, but to consumers with disabilities and the assistive technology community. And like most credentials, […]

Override the Summer Slide

Writer: Tiffany Whisner, Coles Marketing Summer is a time when most kids are enjoying water parks and splash pads, not focused on their academic skills. But maybe they should be. “Many students experience some learning loss during the summer,” said Cristen Reat. Reat is the co-founder and program coordinator at BridgingApps. “I believe there is […]

Home Sweet Accessible Home

Writer: Tiffany Whisner, Coles Marketing “People want to stay in their homes as long as they can. If you have the resources to plan for that and can consciously build a home and make accessible features part of the design, that is definitely becoming more of a trend.” And that accessibility in a home can […]