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. […]

Steve Gleason Act cuts red tape for those with ALS

Thanks to Steve Gleason, people who require speech generating devices won’t have to cut through so much red tape. A former football star, Gleason led the charge to make speech-generating devices more readily accessible after he was diagnosed with ALS in 2011. Individuals with ALS — also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease — are at […]

SmartNav 4 AT: totally hands-free mouse solution!

For individuals with limited mobility, they may need to use a hands-free device to operate their computers.  There are several options available, such as the Headmouse Extreme or EyeGaze systems.  Another possible solution for these individuals is the SmartNav 4: AT, which is another hands-free mouse! The SmartNav 4: AT comes with built-in Dwell Clicking Software and a […]

Lightweight robotic glove provides grasp to those with limited hand mobility

Engineers at Harvard University have developed a soft robotic glove that grants individuals with limited hand mobility the ability to grip and pick up objects.  This glove could help an estimated 6.8 million people in the United States with hand mobility issues, such as those with a progressive disability, stroke, or old age. There are so many tasks often taken […]

TextSpeak Wireless Speech Generator Keyboard

There are several AAC devices available on the market, but the TextSpeak’s affordability and unique features set it apart from others.  There are three sizes of keyboards available in the TextSpeak series: Mini/Palm, Standard, and Large Key.  The TextSpeak Large Key Wireless Speech Generator Keyboard features a speaker and keyboard with keys twice the size of […]

Sesame: The world’s first touch-free phone

“Open Sesame!”  Chances are, you’ve likely said or heard this phrase several times before.  It is a magical command initially stated by Ali Baba in the story Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves used to open the mouth of a cave.  Now instead of opening caves with this phrase, individuals have the ability to turn on the Sesame, a new, entirely touch-free […]