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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Give a Gift of Assistive Technology

Give a Gift of Assistive Technology
Assistive technology can be a great gift for a wide variety of individuals. 
  kindle and nook side by side
Jar opener
jar opener  
TV remote
TV remote
Not every e-reader is created equal. Make sure to check that it has the access features needed, such as text-to-speech or larger font sizes.

Click here for a comparison chart.  
Opening jar lids can be a struggle for individuals with limited hand strength due to medical conditions like Parkinson's disease, arthritis, and strokes.

This motorized jar opener from Hamilton Beach is available at home and department stores for less than $30. 
TV remotes can be activated by touching large buttons, switches, or voice commands. For individuals with cognitive impairments, TBI, or Alzheimer's disease, a simple remote with fewer buttons can make the TV easier to control.

Discount stores like Ross and T.J.Maxx often carry remotes in the men's gift section. 

Free Adapting Toys Workshop 
adapted elmo toy

@ T.A.S.C., Huntsville, AL
Saturday, December 8
Drop in 9 a.m.-noon 

Bring a battery powered toy to adapt or choose from one donated by the Margarita Ball.
Adapted toys can be purchased from various vendors, including
STAR Training funded by STAR, Alabama's Asssitive Technology Resource 1-800-782-7656
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