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Assistive Technology is making it easier for people with disabilities to use the computer, call their loved ones, and travel from place to place. A new line of gadgets is helping people with disabilities become more independent. From computing accessories for paraplegics to specialized alarm clocks for people who are deaf, these products are practical solutions to help with daily living. Checkout the available technological options to help you participate in todays computerized world!
People who are injured or have a disability might have trouble using the computer if they don’t have full use of their arms or hands. A pair of accessories is making it easier for these users to log on. The Footime Foot Mouse from InkyDoo.com enables users to scroll, toggle and click their computer cursors with their feet. The mouse also features programmable buttons for website shortcuts and an on-screen window that demonstrates all functions. Coupled with an on-screen keyboard, Footime allows people to use their computers hands-free. The Windows 7 on-screen keyboard has word prediction, so it’s easier for Foot Mouse users to type.
If you or your children have a developmental disability, a high-quality tablet or smartphone may help. There are a plethora of apps that can help assist anyone. Verizon Insider’s Guide highlights a handful including TapToTalk, a subscription-based app loaded with 2,600 images to help non-verbal children communicate. This augmentative and alternative communication solution is part of a wider AAC platform that uses pictures instead of text. Other great solutions like Cool Reader functions for children with Dyslexia, and The Scholastic Reading Timer is ideal for kids with ADHD.
Search-giant Google shook up the technology industry when it introduced the first computing headset, Google Glass. With its ability to receive voice commands, this device is especially significant to those people with disabilities. Google Glass brings many of the functions of a smartphone to eye level. Those without the ability to use smartphones can still record video, get directions and browse the web on a moment’s notice. Google Glass is still in beta testing, but it should be released to the public sometime in 2014. People who are not able to conventionally use their tablets and smartphones will love the convenience of this hands-free device.
Vibrating Alarm Clock
Most adults depend on the loud clatter of an alarm to wake them up in the morning. People with hearing-impairments might need some other sort of catalyst to disturb their slumber. Harris Communications addressed this concern with its Alarm Clock Pro Vibrating Clock. Not only does this device vibrate to alert sleepers, it also features four flashing LED lights. The smart snooze options gradually reduces from nine to two-minute intervals. The Harris Communications Alarm Clock Pro provides the perfect tool to start the day off right.
High-tech electronics are fun, but many people are missing out on the convenience of a portable grabber. The TeleStik AD3000 is the Rolls Royce of reacher grabbers. This TeleStik features a telescoping arm that extends to 34 inches. This portable reacher is handy around the house, at the grocery store or in the car. For people who use a wheelchair, a portable grabber is an inexpensive, life-changing device.
What other gadgets do you know that benefit people with disabilities? Are there any tech items that benefit you? Let us hear your comments.