Tecla – A Hands-Free Device That Connects to Switches

by: Rachel Anderson, Marketing & Communications Manager for Ability Tools In the field of assistive technology (AT) we talk a lot about switches.  We usually bring one or two switches to our tabling and outreach events as some simple and portable examples of AT, since they are a popular item that we loan out for…

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Technology Keeps Seniors Connected to Their Community and Beyond

by Seniorly Contributor Over half of adults aged 65 and older use the Internet, and this number is only growing. With the increase in mobile options including tablets and e-readers,older Americans are gradually becoming more and more tech-savvy. This growing comfort with technology opens doors for other tools that can help older adults stay connected…

2016 assistive technology photo contest

Announcing our 2016 AT Photo Contest!

Are you a person with a disability that uses assistive technology (AT)? Send us a photo and you could win $100!   AT is defined as any device, gadget, hardware or software used by a person with a disability to do things for themselves that might otherwise be difficult or impossible to do because of…

Happy New Year! Now Let’s Talk About Resolutions…

By Rachel Anderson, Marketing & Communication Manager of Ability Tools Most of us choose January first as a good time to make some important changes in our lives, as it is a new year and symbolizes a new beginning. These resolutions usually include making healthier choices, including getting more exercise, getting more sleep, eating better,…

Making your Android Device AAC Multi-Lingual

by Chi Hung Luke Hsieh, Assistive Technology Advocate at Community Access Center   Due to my moderately severe speech disability, I have been paying close attention to the development of Augmented Assistive Communication (AAC) devices/apps and Text to Speech Technology or Voice Engines. Those who have paying attention to my previous articles over the years…

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Happy National Family Caregivers Month!

Did you know that November is National Family Caregivers Month? Did you know that there are over 40 million U.S. caregivers who provide an estimated $470 billion of unpaid service annually? Fortunately, this month the Family Caregiver Alliance initiated a really neat campaign to honor these millions of caregivers. Join them in their campaign “I…

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Assistive Technology & Veterans

With the advent of the 3D printer, many AT “challenges” have arisen around the globe, inviting people with disabilities, engineers, and interested members of the public to create assistive technology solutions for people with disabilities. This is exciting to see, and, as one of our staff members who was able to participate in an AT…

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Bay Area Make-A-Thon

by Kim Lathrop, Administrative Assistant, CFILC As an individual with extreme physical limitations (I was born without arms or legs) I have become more than acquainted with assistive technology and special mechanisms made with the intentions of making my life easier. I say ‘intentions’ because the people who are behind the creating/making process are usually…

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Show Off Your AT Video Contest Winners!

Earlier this year, Ability Tools launched their second AT video contest. We were so pleased with all of the submissions we received and would like to thank each and every contestant for entering! The purpose of this contest was to showcase creative ways people with disabilities use assistive technology (AT). AT is any object, device…