Celebrate your Independence with Assistive Technology (AT)!

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Happy 4th of July from Ability Tools!

Did you know that we have hundreds of different items for loan and even some gently used items that are FREE available on our website? We call this the AT Exchange – AT stands for for assistive technology, i.e. things that make your life easier.  It can include technology but also durable medical equipment.  AT can be for recreation, for work, for home, or for daily living.  This broad term includes things like wheelchairs, screen-reading software, hearing aids and other listening devices, smart pens, tablets, ramps, shower chairs, grab bars, pill dispensers – the list is endless!  Everyone needs a little AT in their life to live it as independently as possible!

This fourth of July celebrate your independence and check out our free services – maybe you or someone you know could benefit from trying out some new AT – or maybe you want to learn more about AT by checking out our online training resources at:  http://abilitytools.org/training/training-library.php

Have you checked out our AT Exchange lately?   Here are some of the AT items that can help you to be more independent!

liftware picture of spoon and charging station and bag

The Liftware starter kit includes a stabilizing handle and spoon attachment. Liftware is specialized silverware that includes built-in sensors, a computer, and motors that help to sense and counteract hand tremors. There are also fork attachments as well.  This really works well for a lot of people to be able to eat independently even if their hand shakes!  Check it out.

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Dragon Naturally Speaking  +Training Video

This Video Series will provide basic training so you get the most out of your Dragon Naturally Speaking 13. You will learn how to use Dragon effectively to create and edit documents, emails and control your computer by voice. This program provides an introductory to the user interface, menus, toolbars, concepts and techniques used to master Dragon 13. Focused lessons put an expert instructor at your side including learning more about using Dragon with Hotmail and Gmail.

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Ergonomic Lightweight Reacher Grabber
This lightweight plastic reacher extends your reach 18 inches, allowing you to pick up hard-to-reach objects.
Ergonomic trigger handle is easy on your hand.
Claw rotates 360 degrees to reach any direction. Simply pull up on it and turn.
Convenient magnet on the back of the handle picks up light metal objects.
Rubber cushion tips help secure your grasp.

New Manual Wheelchair

This Manual Wheelchair from Drive Medical has great features, it comes with an attractive yellow frame with black upholstery and standard flip-back, padded desk-length armrests.yellow manual wheelchair picture


  • Flip-back desk-length non-removable armrests
  • Attractive yellow frame
  • Black nylon upholstery is durable and easy-to-clean
  • Solid rubber tires
  • Push-to-lock brakes
  • Swing away footrests with calf straps
  • Seat Width is 20”
  • Weight Capacity is 250 lbs.

Do you have any questions about AT or living independently in California?  Contact us and we would be happy to help at 1-800-390-2699 or email us at [email protected]!  Have a great and safe holiday weekend!



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