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In part four of our articles on Cheap or Free Cellphone Adaptations, we are going to discuss solutions for cognitive loss including brain injury, dementia, learning disabilities, and more. To access parts 1-3, click on the links at the end of this article.  Look for a downloadable guide with all sections in the months to…

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As a follow up to my recent post on the C-Pen Reader by Scanning Pens Ltd. I recommend you view the podcast below.  It contains information on the C-Pen Reader, and compares it to the ReadingPen 2 by Wizcom. Both pens were designed with the purpose of improving reading skills, understanding, learning, and utilizing text, but the…

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The C-Pen Reader is an ideal tool for students, teachers and professionals to capture essential information!   It is a totally portable, pocket-sized device that reads text out loud with an English or Spanish human-like digital voice. It’s a scanning pen that displays a word definition and reads text aloud to support individuals with reading difficulties. It’s…

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We work with a lot of assistive technology (AT) devices here at, Assistive.  Some of this AT not only increases independence , but can actually save a life.  One of our very own board members, Carol Anhorn, discovered this. “As a marketing professional for more than 30 years, I have often been asked to serve…

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Switch-adapted scissors from Enabling Devices will allow children and adults with varying types of disabilities participate in art and other classroom or home activities. They are easy to use. Only requirements are a switch and 2 AA batteries.  I tried them while the scissors was attached to the base unit, and then again after disconnecting…

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I’ve Looked, and feel like I’ve also Cooked and Eaten, just by visiting this new cooking magazine! LCE is a digital how-to cooking magazine designed for those with intellectual and learning disabilities, to help promote an independent lifestyle. Sue Hoss is the co-creator. The magazine was launched this past spring.  I visited this “cooking school,” recently…

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A few weeks ago I was tasked to find a simple music player for an individual with dementia.  My search lead me to two wonderful devices that may work for her and many other people. Simple Music Player This device allows the user to stop and start music simply by lifting/lowering a switch.  Music tracks can also be…

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Many people have rid themselves of their landlines and are just going wireless. We did this a few years ago when we realized that the only reason we were ever using our landline was…well, we weren’t…at all!  The only people who called us were telemarketers.  After  two weeks of leaving our landline behind, we realized that we…

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The world is changing, and for individuals with specific learning disabilities (SLD) who have trouble reading and writing, that is a good thing! The change is the explosion of mobile devices and the thousands of apps available for them. According to the American Psychiatric Association, in the United States school-aged population, 4% of students are affected…

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Do you struggle with reading and writing? Do you have a learning disability such as dyslexia?  If so, you may want to try a piece of assistive technology (AT) called Read&Write Gold.  Read&Write Gold is a learning tool that provides literacy support to all ages and abilities. It can be used at school, home, or…

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