GN ReSound releases LiNX a smart hearing aid

Man using App for ReSound

Connecting AT devices to smart devices is a gateway moment—it opens many more opportunities for use of their AT devices as well as making them easier, cheaper and upgradable.

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iPhone accessibility—universal design

Its is not just iPhones. The range of iOS devices from iPods to AppleTV are all accessible from the day of purchase. The ethos of universal design (UD) in Apple's software and hardware engineering is what distinguishes their devices. Training often comes from the people around, visually impaired uses are using the same devices as …

Skill Building Apps

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The NATRC has recently added three new iPad apps from BinaryLabs, Inc. that help children and adults with fine motor skills, letter reversing, and spatial reasoning. 1. Dexteria - Fine Motor Skill Development Dexteria is a set of therapeutic hand exercises (not games) that improve fine motor skills and handwriting readiness in children and adults. Dexteria’s …

The impact of assistive technology on young children with disabilities

Assistive technology can be a great resource for young children with disabilities who are developing language and literacy skills. The Center for Early Literacy Learning recently published this study to demonstrate just how beneficial assistive technology can be:. The effectiveness of different types of assistive technology for promoting the early communication and literacy abilities of …

iAlertTag—keeping tags on modern iOS AAC devices and AT

While iOS devices are relatively inexpensive compared with older AAC devices and pocket devices; they still represent a substantial investment as well as being very important for the user. One solution for the misplaced device is the iAlertTag. It is one of the new Bluetooth 4 accessories that will change the way we communicate with …

Using Siri to select words and start a car

As in an ear lie post, Getting Siri to work with a radio thermostat, this article highlights the potential applications, such as searching and choosing a word. The ability to open locked doors, close the binds and control heating and cooling (environmental controls) will enable more individuals to operate independently. The consumerization of these technologies will …

How medical apps are changing diagnoses and treatments

Striking a balance between the issues of professional experience and immediate needs is an increasingly important issue in the adoption/delivery of Assistive Technology. I’m excited about the potential of new health apps like Bant and Proloquo2go. Tools that improve doctor patient communication and empower patients are fantastic. But I’m a little wary of the robo-doc …

VoiceOver Apps

Disabled World has compiled a list of VoiceOver apps that are compatible with iPhones and Macs. "If you’re blind or have low vision, you can enjoy the simplicity, security, and reliability of the Mac using VoiceOver. It’s built into the Mac OS X operating system that comes with every new Mac and sets a new standard …

VoCal Voice Reminders

VoCal Voice Reminders (VoCal) is an application used for setting events and reminders on one’s calendar by recording personal voice messages.  The application allows users to record their own voice reminder, title the event, and set the date and time on the application’s calendar.  In addition, users can choose when they would like to be …

A Special Phone

A Special Phone is an iPhone application that can be used as a voice over for dialing a phone number or act as speed dialer. The application has an “eye free mode”, which allows you to dial any phone number without having to look at the screen.  When the application is opened, a phone number …

AdastraSoft reduces the price on its AT software for the iPhone

AdastraSoft has reduced the price on its range of assistive software offerings including HaloTalk: The application may be used as a set of "opposite" flashcards as-is.  However, HaloTalk is designed to facilitate rapid prompting.  Since autistic individual has a tendency to verbally repeat the last word(s) of a question, it is extremely important if visual …