Photo of Smart Oven
When I found my wall oven at home lacking the uumph to bake my cookies right, I decided it was time to upgrade from this 1970s model to a brand new wall oven. While researching ovens, I realized that they were quite a few models that offered smarthome connectivity. The price was just a little…

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Photo of Beth wearing a polar bear hat and winter gear
Are you worried about falling on an icy sidewalk during the winter, but you don’t want to become a prisoner in your own home? If you are unable to take a long vacation to Arizona in the winter months and want to get out to do the things you love, I have a few suggestions…

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I Can Connect Logo
The iCanConnect program provides people with both significant vision and hearing loss with free equipment and training to help them stay connected with friends, family, and the world. Sending an email or chatting on the phone can be challenging for people with both significant vision and hearing loss. Equipment that iCanConnect can provide include: telephones,…

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In my former work life I was a librarian. I love being around books and reading. I cannot imagine a life without being able to read. I have been working with a client who is blind and needs to read certain documents with both handwriting and typewritten text.   We have gone through options for this…

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Grip-Aid holding mascara wand
People who know me would be surprised to find out that I am writing a blog on the topic of makeup. I wear very little makeup and even went without it for a month this summer. I may know very little about makeup but I know how to do research, and I’d like to share…

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We just got a new landline phone system in our office that, at first glance, seems to have a lot of features that could be beneficial to many people. The Vtech phone system (SN5147) I am talking about is an amplified corded/cordless answering system with big buttons and display. It also has three additional devices…

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A photo of a stenomask. It looks a lot like a small triangular black device with rubber end to put up against your mouth.
Recently I was looking for voice amplification for a person with Parkinson’s disease and came across the Stenomask as an option for those who are using speech recognition programs.  A Stenomask is a noise-canceling, voice isolating microphone.  This device kind of resembles a gas mask that fits over a person’s mouth. So what does it…

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A photo of the small Facebook Portal, showing a man with a small child in his lap on the screen and a bigger Facebook Portal Plus with a woman reading a book on the screen.
I first noticed the new Facebook Portal when I saw the Mother’s Day commercials with Neil Patrick Harris and the moms of famous people.  View the Mother’s Day commercial.  I was more than a little skeptical about the actual use of this device because I really like the Echo Show with its many cool features. …

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Photo of the new TiVo Remote with the large blue microphone button in the top middle.
I don’t make it a secret that I love Amazon’s Echo products.  I even bought an Amazon Fire TV Cube early on to see if I could get it to control my TV with just my voice.  While I could control the television itself with voice; it would not work with my cable company, Midcontinent…

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Image of person holding a cell phone with Live Transcribe app
If you are someone who is hard-of-hearing or is deaf and have found it difficult to communicate with those around you, you might be able to use one of the following three applications on your phone or tablet. Basically, the three applications below are ones that will produce speech to text on-the-go. For no cost…

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