We then compiled this list of practical, fun, time-saving and even life-saving AT to inspire our readers to try out some new AT that can improve their lives. Many of these items are available for loan or for free to Californians through our Device Lending Libraries and the AT Exchange. Enjoy!
Joe Escalante, San Jose:
|Williams Sounds Pocketalker|
it make dramatic changes to people’s lives. It has saved marriages and improved family relationships. The tone adjusting feature enables many people to hear when hearing aids did not work. It has brought people out of isolation. One time I introduced the pocketalker to a gentleman and he could hear his wife and daughter talking about how well the pocketalkerwas working for him. He suddenly broke out laughing. His wife and daughter were shocked, as that was the first time he had laughed in more than 6 months! This why I love the pocketalker.
Rosie McDonnell, Oceanside:
I love my Colours wheelchair! It helps me be independent and get from point A to point B. It’s also a great accessory to my wardrobe (purple, lights in my front wheels and a zebra printed back). My chair also supports me and encompasses my identity as a person with a disability.
Jeff Samco, Grass Valley:
Priyanka Nookala, Davis:
One of the AT devices I love to use is my Livescribe smartpen. The pen makes note taking so much easier because I can keep up and listen rather than thinking about copying things down.
Kevin Hansen, Sacramento:
|Justin on the beach in Colonia, Uruguay|
The one and only iPhone; more specifically Siri! I really commend Apple for creating a device as multifunctional and accessible as the iPhone.
I believe the AT device I am most passionate about and eager to see expand in service is one that most don’t often think of as an Assistive Device…Smartphones. Smartphones offer tremendous flexibility in user interface, ease of access, communication, information, and augmentation. To be perfectly candid, I find myself rather at a loss as to why there hasn’t been greater expansion of smartphone utility. Should the technology become possible, I don’t see why a singular device could not act in lieu of OCR, AAC, and with recent advancements in touch screen technology, even Braille Displays may become a thing of the past.
My grabber – handy dandy for picking stuff off the floor.
The AT service I adore is captioning when I need to watch TV. Captioning gives me the ability to listen to what’s being said and then viewing the context of what was being said, allowing me to process information better. This helps me greatly since I have trouble hearing, and it is a relief to be able to see text while someone is speaking so that I can understand what’s happening better.
|Logitech Trackball Mouse|
Jose Guerrero, Sacramento:
I love the Logitech trackball mouse. This mouse limits the motion of my arm and wrists to where it allows me to be more productive with less discomfort. It has also allowed me to continue pursuing a post military career in the graphic and web design industry.
The Pocketalker is one of my favorite pieces of AT because it was the only way I could communicate with my Grandfather. He wore the over-the-ear headphones and we were able to increase the sound volume and adjust the tone so he could hear us when we spoke into the microphone. It made all the difference.