Meet Milo, a Social Robot Like No Other…

 by Rachel Anderson, Marketing & Communications Manager for Ability Tools Recently at the international ATIA Conference, I had the opportunity to meet Milo, a new robot designed for children with autism.  I had never seen anything quite like him… and, although robotics are still a science that needs some perfecting, I was quite impressed with…

Comparing Bluetooth Speakers for AAC Use

Comparing Bluetooth Speakers for AAC Use by Heidi LoStracco, MS, CCC-SLP, Speak For Yourself AAC In the beginning of this school year, I purchased some iON Clipster portable Bluetooth speakers. Over the months, I’ve left them with students who do not have amplified cases. When you’re working so hard to learn to use augmentative and…

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Top 5 Posts of 2015

Happy New Year Everybody! Did you know that we publish a new blog post about assistive technology (AT) devices and services each and every week -usually on Tuesdays- and that you can sign up with your email address to get it delivered directly to your inbox?  Enter your email today so that you don’t miss…

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,…

What is on Your Holiday AT Wish List?

Here at Ability Tools, we are always looking for good deals on Assistive Technology (AT) products to tell our readers about. During the holiday season it is a great time to find sales on those more expensive AT products, as sales are widespread and most stores participate in the giving spirit by giving consumers at…

Robots Being Developed for Individuals with Disabilities

On December 2nd, the National Institutes of Health announced that it will fund the development of three exciting new robots! These robots, actually called co-robots, are designed to work cooperatively with people with disabilities and are part of the National Robotics Initiative.  Funding for these NIH projects will total approximately $2.2 million over the next…

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…