Assistive Technology

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.

DHS Assistive Technology Policy

Assistive technology: Devices, equipment or a combination of both that improve the person’s ability to communicate in the community, control or access his/her environment, perform activities of daily living.

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.

 

Propelling a Technology Movement

Having started a remote support company nearly 14 years ago, Dustin Wright, founder of Disability Cocoon, is no stranger to the disability services landscape. His new venture, Disability Cocoon—a disability technology catalyst organization, is bringing the disability community together through events like technology festivals (or conferences).

5 Assistive Technology Facebook Groups You Should Join

One of the greatest features on Facebook that allows like-minded people to connect outside of their inner circle is groups. A Facebook group is a page that can be created for an organization or business to promote activities or for a specific topic that enthusiasts can learn more about and contribute to the conversation.

Smyle™ Mouse

Head mouse and voice mouse software that lets you control your computer or tablet via your existing webcam by utilizing simple gestures (like smiles).

Meet the Mentors

TRC mentors are individuals who have gone through the technology implementation process and wish to help others on their tech solution journeys. Provider mentors are champions for technology use within their organizations and have first-hand experience in finding, funding, and facilitating technology solutions which not only provide increased independence for individuals, but also assist in extending support staff reach as well.

Hands-On Tech

Looking for a great way to experience dozens of assistive technology devices and supports all in one place? Well, if you’re going to the 2019 ARRM Annual Conference, you’re in luck. The people behind MN-NEAT, with help from the Pacer Center, are hosting an interactive Technology Experience Center where attendees can view (and test out) assistive technology in a staged studio apartment setting.

With the Push of a Button

The most important step in creating a support for someone you care for is properly identifying the need to be cared for. There are many reasons why this step is important in the grand scheme of helping someone live life to the fullest, but it’s even more important when dealing with technological supports. 

“Alexa, Turn on My Lights.”

The ability to control one’s environment by voice is a perk for some people, but a life changing opportunity for many with disabilities. Just ask Val, whose use of Echo devices and assistive technology sparked further discussions and adoption at The Phoenix Residence, Inc. She’ll gladly tell you about her current technology and how it helps her feel more “like an adult”.

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