Communication Aids

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Another Piece of the Puzzle

Many people think nothing of going out in the community to run errands or engage in interests. For individuals with both seen and unseen disabilities or conditions (as well as their family members or caregivers), real worry or anxiety may exist preventing independent outings. Learn how Hammer implemented a small piece of technology to provide greater independence for individuals in their apartment program.

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CoughDrop AAC App

An augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) app that “empowers people to make their voices heard”.

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Jouse+

A mouth-controlled USB joystick that lets users control their computer, mobile device, or switch-controlled devices or AAC system by sip and puff functions, or if on a respirator, by switch.

Proloquo2Go

A customizable augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) app for iOS.

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KinTrans Hands Can Talk

A real-time, multilingual sign language translator that translates sign language to voice and text.

Using Technology to Connect with Customers

Technology On The Job

Dylan Dreifke provides outstanding customer service at The Home Depot by utilizing his iPad, a free Home Depot app, and his amazing memory (prior to being hired, he memorized all product and product category locations throughout the entire store!).

Getting to Know Assistive Technology

Assistive technology devices can either be created at home, purchased and used off the shelf, modified, and/or customized to meet individual goals and needs. From low-tech options such as toy or game modification to high-tech devices that include voice recognition or elopement monitors, assistive technology is empowering those with disabilities to live, work, and play in the most independent way possible.

Connecting Through Technology

Not everyone communicates the same way. For some individuals, expressing thoughts, feelings, and emotions is made more challenging by certain disabilities. For non-verbal individuals, assistive technology supports offer additional ways to make connections, be heard, and join in. This is especially true for Dan.

Live Transcribe

An Android Accessibility service powered by Google’s speech recognition technology that transcribes conversations to allow individuals to communicate “in the moment”. 

Rethinking Accessibility

The thinking is changing around what “accessible” can mean and the role technology can play. Individuals, their families, providers, and case managers are all looking to technology supports to assist individuals (and the staff that help support them) reach their full potential.

 

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