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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
Jane Gay posted a blog post

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
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Vibra vibrating watch with 12 alarms

You can set up to 12 daily alerts on the Vibra watches.  This would be good tool to increase independence and safety at home, school or work. The watch can be set to vibrate, make a sound or both.  They come in a variety of looks to match your child’s age and likes.   https://www.amazon.com/VibraLITE-Mini-12-Alarm-Vibrating-Watch/dp/B009OGE6S8…See More
Apr 26
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Cell phone alerting device – for persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

 Cell phone texting can be a huge deal for staying connected for teens who are Deaf  or Hard of Hearing. This cell phone sensor is activated when a mobile phone or tablet screen lights up, for example from an incoming call or message. Place it on top of the mobile device and connect it to the Visit system to be alerted…See More
Apr 19
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Adjustable gas cap tool – for your student driver and others

This handy tool is designed to fit over the raised bar that is present on the top of all gas caps. There are multiple grooves in the head of the gas cap tool so that the tool may be grabbed at different angles. This Gas Cap Removal Tool comes with two attachments in order to accommodate all cars. The first attachment has a slot…See More
Apr 13
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Turn you TV flat screen into a touch screen

Using the $300 Touchjet Wave you can turn your flat screen TV into a HUGE touch screen for your child’s homework, work or fun. Learn more at  http://www.touchjet.com/  See More
Apr 5
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Freedom Wand

The FreedomWand® is a personal hygiene aid that helps people with limited range of motion or who have difficulty reaching while toileting, bathing, shaving, and applying ointment. The FreedomWand can assist people who struggle with spinal/back injuries, arthritis, carpal tunnel, stroke, and obesity.  You can also…See More
Mar 29
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Voice Banking with an Apple iPad

While this is written about ALS, it would also work to voice bank for any progressive disease  OR   to have a child’s voice for your child.With some diseases progresses, like ALS, many lose the ability to speak.  While it is possible to use a variety of communication devices, losing your personal voice can be devastating.  A new strategy called “voice banking” allows people who know that their voices will deteriorate to preserve their own words and phrases electronically and download them into…See More
Mar 22
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Glow in the Dark Alphabet Pebbles - Great for your home or Sensory Rooms!

Tiny tots will see the alphabet a glow with this great idea - Glow in the Dark Alphabet pebbles. These are perfect for little hands to explore, play, sort and transport. Each pebble is engraved and painted with a letter, making them highly visual and tactile. They are robust enough to be used in a variety of…See More
Mar 15
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BeSpoke™ Voices for Millions Who Cannot Speak

VocaliD Launches First Personalized Digital Voices for Assistive Devices Company.VocaliD, Inc., a speech technology company that creates personalized digital voices for those living with voicelessness, launched its online BeSpoke™ voice studio.  Founder and CEO Dr. Rupal Patel and her colleagues discovered that even a single vowel contains enough “vocal DNA” to seed the voice personalization process. The BeSpoke™ process captures a…See More
Mar 8

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.

Jane Gay's Blog

Used assistive technology devices - buy or sell

Posted on June 26, 2017 at 1:52pm 0 Comments

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…

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Summer Camp responsibilities under ADA

Posted on June 7, 2017 at 8:48am 0 Comments

Article from NE ADA center

With 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:…

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Project Search in Waterloo on Channel 7 The Steele Report

Posted on June 5, 2017 at 12:45pm 0 Comments

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.   …

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Accessible Hiking, Camping and Fishing? WOW!

Posted on May 23, 2017 at 12:45pm 0 Comments

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 …

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