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AT devices and transition planning

 The key word being "transition", moving toward adult life skills, settings and responsibilties.  During your child's transition years, PLAN for success >> think about what assistive technology he or she needs to try out and learn how to use in order to be as independent and SUCCESSFUL as possible in their adult life .Activities of daily: bathing, dressing, voiding, eating, cooking, cleaningRecreation, sports and healthTransportation: driving, public transportation, or just navigating…See More
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Sept 30 Train to Inspire Fully accessible Obstacle Course

For kids and adults, come try out the Train to Inspire Obstacle Course.IF you can, volunteer to help! Find out more by going to this link: Train%20to%20Inspire%20Obstacle%20Course%20flier%2007%2026%2017.pdf See More
Sep 11
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HOW TO HELP DISASTER SURVIVORS IN TEXAS

HOW TO HELP DISASTER SURVIVORS IN TEXASAugust 29, 2017The compassion and generosity of the American people is never more evident than during and after a disaster. It is individuals, non-profits, faith- and community-based organizations, private sector partners, and governmental agencies working together that will most effectively and efficiently help survivors cope with the impacts of Tropical Storm Harvey.Please follow a few important guidelines below to ensure your support can be the most…See More
Aug 29
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"WHO IS IT FOR? The Huggaroo blanket is designed for and best suited for children who weigh 40-80 lbs. Adults who prefer a lighter weighted b"
Aug 28
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HOW TO video series from NCHPAD

The National Center for Health, Physical Activity and Disabilities (NCHPAD) has a series of on-line video you might find interesting:Choose a wheelchairHop a curbPop a wheelieRide an escalatorand more....Meet Mary Allison Cook. She is a wife, professional, and 8 time member of the US Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team.  With 23 years of experience as a wheelchair user, Mary Allison will answer all of your questions and more through this series of videos. This series will give wheelchair users…See More
Aug 24
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OrbiTouch -a different keyboard

The OrbiTouch is new key board that you might think about if a regular keyboard doesn't work.The 2 domes are moved to type a letter.  The left…See More
Aug 4
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A voice of thier own

Many have watched and enjoyed the TV show this year "Speechless". If so, you might also be interested in the progress being made with digital speech.  https://www.facebook.com/nbcnightlynews/videos/10155055827943689/See More
Jul 27
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What Do Youth Workers Have to Know about the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)?

PYD Network Webinar/Meeting What Do Youth Workers Have to Know about the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)?Tuesday August 1, 2017    FREE Webinar11:00AM – 12:00PMPresenter: Jutta Dotterweich, ACT for Youth Center of Excellence, Cornell University About the webinar: For many years now youth work professionals have been raising questions and concerns about how to best integrate youth living with disabilities into their programming. We have discussed program strategies, individual…See More
Jul 25
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Used assistive technology devices - buy or sell

The Iowa Assistive Technology Exchange Program, formerly known as the Used Equipment Referral Service, is a  free on-line listing of used devices that people are selling and looking to buy. You can contact the Iowa AT Exchange Program to see available devices or list an gently used device at   https://eastersealsia.at4all.com/. Or call the Easter…See More
Jun 26
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Summer Camp responsibilities under ADA

Article from NE ADA centerWith summer upon us, camp season is about to begin. In May 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) along with U.S. Attorney's offices nationwide, issued a notice reinforcing the importance of inclusion when it comes to summer camps (link here: https://www.justice.gov/file/campadaflyerpdf/download).Whether you are a parent or guardian of a child with a disability or you operate a summer camp, now is…See More
Jun 7
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Project Search in Waterloo on Channel 7 The Steele Report

Catch a few minutes of Ron Steele’s “The Steele Report” on Sunday morning and he was interviewing two individuals from Waterloo involved with Project SEARCH to the Waterloo area. Cool that he was showcasing their work in providing training and creating meaningful work opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities.  You can still watch the segment from the website.   …See More
Jun 5
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Accessible Hiking, Camping and Fishing? WOW!

Really WOW!!  Wilderness on Wheels has been operating for over 30 years in Colorado.  And WOW for what is going on there!   Check it out at  http://www.wheel-life.org/accessible-hiking-camping-and-fishing-wow/?ct=t(EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_5_26_2016)&mc_cid=20a024bb9c&mc_eid=4126887707See More
May 23
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Travel related devices and AT

There is an interesting article in New Mobility about travel related devices.  http://www.newmobility.com/2017/05/travel-product-wheelchair-users/See More
May 19
Ruth Mwangangi commented on Jane Gay's blog post Vibra vibrating watch with 12 alarms
"This is a great tool to use with individuals on the Autism spectrum that thrive on structure. The watch can also be used to improve organizational skills (executive functioning skills). "
May 14
Ruth Mwangangi liked Jane Gay's blog post Vibra vibrating watch with 12 alarms
May 14
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Order Books for next year??? YES --- NOW

It is already time to order alternative format textbooks for the 2017-2018 school year!It takes time to get all the books across the state ready for the start of school. They cannot all be done in August.Alternative formats include Braille, large print, audio and digital text. Simply put, if your child doesn't have the textbook when school starts >>> how are they going to learn, keep up and get a Free and Appropriate Education (FAPE) Teachers and IEP/504 teams should order the…See More
May 3

Profile Information

My role:
Parent, Grandparent, Professional
My Age Range:
51+
My child's age range:
Transition Beyond High School
About Myself:
I am the Director of the statewide Iowa Program for Assistive Technology at the Center for Disabilities and Development. I have 20+ years experience in assistive technology and also worked in home care for 12 years.
I'm here because...
My now grown daughter has speech, communication and LD disabilities. And now her 2 children are also experiencing these plus emotional/behavior disorders.
I have worked in the field of Assistive Technology (AT) for over 20 years and worked in home care for 11 years before that.

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AT devices and transition planning

Posted on September 20, 2017 at 6:30am 0 Comments

 The key word being "transition", moving toward adult life skills, settings and responsibilties.  During your child's transition years, PLAN for success >> think about what assistive technology he or she needs to try out and learn how to use in order to be as independent and SUCCESSFUL as possible in their adult life .

  • Activities of daily: bathing, dressing, voiding, eating, cooking, cleaning
  • Recreation, sports and health
  • Transportation: driving, public…
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Sept 30 Train to Inspire Fully accessible Obstacle Course

Posted on September 11, 2017 at 10:27am 0 Comments

For kids and adults, come try out the Train to Inspire Obstacle Course.

IF you can, volunteer to help! Find out more by going to this link: Train%20to%20Inspire%20Obstacle%20Course%20flier%2007%2026%2017.pdf

 

HOW TO HELP DISASTER SURVIVORS IN TEXAS

Posted on August 29, 2017 at 1:34pm 0 Comments

HOW TO HELP DISASTER SURVIVORS IN TEXAS



August 29, 2017

The compassion and generosity of the American people is never more evident than during and after a disaster. It is individuals, non-profits, faith- and community-based organizations, private sector partners, and governmental agencies working together that will most effectively and efficiently help survivors cope with the impacts of Tropical Storm Harvey.

Please follow a few important guidelines below to ensure your… Continue

HOW TO video series from NCHPAD

Posted on August 24, 2017 at 9:00am 0 Comments

The National Center for Health, Physical Activity and Disabilities (NCHPAD) has a series of on-line video you might find interesting:

  • Choose a wheelchair
  • Hop a curb
  • Pop a wheelie
  • Ride an escalator
  • and more....

Meet Mary Allison Cook. She is a wife, professional, and 8 time member of the US Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team.  With 23 years of experience as a wheelchair user, Mary Allison will answer all of your questions and more…

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