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…

close up of robotic prostetic legs and people in the background looking at them in yellow shirts

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…

picture of young boy and his wheelchair is an elaborate flying froglike creature he is smiling

Magic Wheelchair

Have you heard about Magic Wheelchair? This autumn, an outstanding costume design for a young man that uses a wheelchair has been all over social media.  Have you seen it?   The cool news is that this is not just an amazing Halloween costume, it actually was created by a nonprofit called Magic Wheelchair, whose…

close up of the handy bar that shows where it latches in on the door frame for leverage

Stickshifts and Safety Belts

By Aimee Sterk, LMSW, MATP Staff, from Michigan Assistive Technology Program My relationship with my husband had it roots in cars. Stickshifts and Safetybelts was our dating theme song. We spent a lot of time in our cars–he lived 45 minutes away–and we liked to go on drives together. We very much appreciated his bench-seated…

Kim at her desk using the mouth grabber to write with a pen

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…

pink hari rollers used as grips for toothbrush and fork

Clever DIY Assistive Technology (AT)

What is AT? Assistive Technology (AT) is any object, device or tool used to make life easier. Specifically, Assistive Technology is 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 their disability. Assistive Technology helps…

kim on the paddleboard in the ocean with ron and her friend next to her

Bringing out my Inner Paddle Boarder

By Kim Lathrop, Administrative Assistant, CFILC Those who know me know I am not too adventurous when it comes to the great outdoors. Of course, being born without any arms or legs, it goes without saying that being “adventurous” comes with some extra challenges. Now, don’t get me wrong.  I enjoy swimming in our local…

graphic that says prosthetics are #not a luxery sign the petition to rescind the medicare proposal restricting access to prosthetic care

#NotALuxury Medicare Issue Alert

The Amputee Coalition, along with many others in the prosthetic limb communities, are asking for help in raising awareness of a recent Medicare policy proposal released on July 16 that has the potential to drastically change prosthetic care for individuals with amputations. Keep in mind that even if you’re not currently a Medicare patient, private…