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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…

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Added by Jane Gay on April 19, 2017 at 5:30am — No Comments

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…

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Added by Jane Gay on April 13, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments

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/  

Added by Jane Gay on April 5, 2017 at 5:30am — No Comments

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,…

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Added by Jane Gay on March 29, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments

Meet "Julia" on Sesame Street

The longtime children's favorite will be introducing a new character "Julia" to the crew of colorful characters.  Along with her bright hair, Julia has Autism.  WIth Julia "in the neighborhood" Sesame Street is hoping to raise children's awareness and understanding of how Autism may effect some of their other friends.  Read the full story…

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Added by Lori Moore on March 22, 2017 at 11:26am — No Comments

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…

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Added by Jane Gay on March 22, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments

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…

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Added by Jane Gay on March 15, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments

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…

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Added by Jane Gay on March 8, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments

READ Across America and Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Remember "You are never too old or too wacky to read a book to a child!" Dr. Seuss

CLICK for a list of recommended reads 

Added by Lori Moore on March 2, 2017 at 12:34pm — No Comments

The Mother Hub and Her Smart Sensor Cookies This month's featured technology from NEAT's Smart Home is Mother & Her Cookies by Sense. This technology is defined as "The Universal Monitoring Solution"…

The Mother Hub and Her Smart Sensor Cookies

This month's featured technology from NEAT's Smart Home is Mother & Her Cookies by Sense. This technology is defined as "The Universal Monitoring Solution". The system consists of a hub, the "Mother", and 4 sensors known as "cookies".…

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Added by Jane Gay on March 1, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments

ABLE accounts NOW in Iowa

The Iowa Treasurer’s Office is pleased to share with you that ABLE accounts are available at this time.  Visit www.iable.gov for more information and to sign up for an account for as little as $25.  Please feel free to contact me or to call 888-609-8910…

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Added by Jane Gay on February 23, 2017 at 11:51am — No Comments

Tiny Fingertip Camera Helps Blind People Read Without Braille

No braille? No problem. A new device lets blind people read by popping a miniature camera on their fingertip.

  To read printed material, many visually impaired people rely on mobile apps like KNFB Reader that translate text to speech. Snap a picture and the app reads the page aloud. But users sometimes…

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Added by Jane Gay on February 22, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments

Myselfbelts > as scene on ABC Shark Tank

 Belts that are easy enough to do with one hand.  Think kids, teens, adults or even your aging parents. Check them out at…

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Added by Jane Gay on February 15, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments

What does “a life in the community for everyone” look like?

Well in Iowa it looks like this:  Harding Middle School Takes Top Prize in "Inclusive Physical Education and Physical Activity Video Contest"

Harding Middle School (Cedar Rapids Community School District, IA) won the $1,000 1st Place Prize in the 2016 Let’s Move! Active Schools Inclusive Physical Education and Physical Activity Video Contest.  Their video “Breaking…

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Added by Jane Gay on February 9, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments

Adapted Yoga for Kids with Disabilities

From the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability: 

Yoga has become a popular and beneficial activity for all ages and for good reason. For kids with a disability, in particular, yoga can help them breathe deeper, concentrate longer, and increase their self- confidence. In this video   (http://www.nchpad.org/1270/5983/Kids~Adaptive~Yoga)   you can see how yoga can be adapted for kids of all abilities.…

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Added by Jane Gay on February 9, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments

What is WIOA?

Work Innovations and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is a federal law that helps youth and adults get employment training and support services. It also helps match employers with the workers they need. The goal of WIOA is for everyone, including those with disabilities, to have competitive and integrated community…

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Added by Lori Moore on February 8, 2017 at 1:45pm — No Comments

Do you have a car seat Houdini?

The Merritt Car seat buckle and chest clip Guard might be your answer. The buckle guard  prevents a child from pushing the release button. Using the chest clip with the seat buckle will stop most Houdinis.  You can find out more about it at http://www.merrittcarseat.com/escape-proof/ ; including…

Added by Jane Gay on February 1, 2017 at 7:00am — No Comments

Monkey Door Lock

Funny name - I get it, but when you see it >> it does kind of look like a monkey.  It secures inside doors so children (and adults?) don't wander.  See video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opkrNSMDEE0.  You can purchase at Amazon and other…

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Added by Jane Gay on February 1, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments

Girls on the Spectrum

Hello world.  I would love to find other families with girls on the spectrum.  We are feeling isolated and a bit "too unique".  I know there have got to be others out there.

Added by Tammy S. on January 31, 2017 at 11:43am — 1 Comment

Is your child getting what he/she needs from his/her IEP?

PARTICIPATION IN A RESEARCH STUDY –

BE ENTERED INTO A DRAWING FOR A $50 AMAZON GIFT CARD!

You are invited to participate in a research survey that will ask your opinions on how well your child’s IEP addresses the mental health needs of your child. You are eligible to participate if you have a child who has an IEP with a behavior or adaptive behavior goal and who struggles with mental health difficulties such as depression, anxiety, attention deficit, or anger (these are just…

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Added by Nicole Skaar on January 31, 2017 at 8:38am — No Comments

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