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CAMPING!

There are many areas around Iowa for an exciting camping adventure. If you do not have a tent, consider borrowing one from our Easter Seals Iowa Assistive Technology Center Lending Library. Take the opportunity to schedule a time to see what other recreational devices the AT Center has!

Columbia Two Room Tent (AT4All # 163688) This tent is large and tall, it has a stargazer window and a wheeled carry bag for easier transport.…

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Added by Kim Karwal on July 18, 2018 at 9:32am — No Comments

Pool Fun!

The Easter Seals Iowa Assistive Technology Center Lending Library has a variety of devices for use in the pool.

Aquatic Balancing Stabilizing Bar (AT4All # 169536) This lightweight stabilizer bar provides added resistance in pool-settings. This device may support swimmers to keep their balance during aquatic activities.…

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Added by Kim Karwal on July 10, 2018 at 9:27am — No Comments

Jennifer's Introduction

Hello FIND readers! My name is Jennifer Buettner and I am brand new to the Easter Seals team. My role is a Program Support Specialist. This means that I will be supporting some of the wonderful programs that we have at Easter Seals including Assistive Technology, Rural Solutions, Respite, and Camp Sunnyside. After hearing such amazing things about Easter Seals I am very excited to start my journey here! I can’t wait to be a part of empowering families and individuals through the variety of…

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Added by Jennifer Buettner on June 26, 2018 at 9:47am — No Comments

Noise Cancelling Headphones

Summer activities can be overwhelming at times! When the heat and sound around an individual are over-stimulating, consider some Assistive Technology Devices that may reduce the sensory experiences.

Noise Cancelling Headphones (AT4All # 164741) These headphones may be utilized in high noise situations such as enclosed spaces, during fireworks, or in crowds. The anti-noise earmuffs shell and sealed ear pads support the reduction of noise while still protecting the ear…

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Added by Kim Karwal on June 20, 2018 at 12:58pm — No Comments

Easter Seals Iowa Assistive Technology Exchange- check it out today!

Iowa Assistive Technology Exchange Program: This “classified ads” feature connects Iowans with the Assistive Technology they are in need of statewide. This service can be found at www.eastersealsiowa.at4all.com. For more information, please call 1-866-866-8782 (Toll Free), or 515-289-4069 (TTY).

There are new devices posted nearly every day! 

Added by Kim Karwal on June 13, 2018 at 8:05am — No Comments

Strength Training and Assistive Technology

If an individual struggles with hand or arm strength, they may experience barriers when trying to lift weights or exercise. Easter Seals Iowa Assistive Technology Program may have possible solutions with some of our newest recreational assistive technology. Here are some items that may assist with grip, to encourage strength, health and wellness:

Kettle Gryp (AT4All #170071) – The Kettle Gryp is a workout accessory that weighs less than one pound and…

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Added by Brianna Lewin on June 6, 2018 at 12:37pm — No Comments

New Recreational Devices!

We are very excited to have recently added some new devices to our lending library.

We hope that you will visit our website at www.eastersealsia.at4all.com and view these devices.

Colors and Shapes Activity Mats (AT4All # 170099) these vinyl mats are a set of shapes and colors that can be used for a variety of indoor and outdoor activities.

Foam Fliers (AT4All # 170082) these foam…

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Added by Kim Karwal on May 30, 2018 at 8:31am — No Comments

Smart Environments

Smart environments allow people with disabilities to interact with and control certain aspects of their environment. Systems like Amazon Alexa or Google Home can pair with a wide network of smart devices to allow users to regulate the spaces around them. There are many options for this technology which can provide customized systems for users no matter their abilities.

Smart environments can provide users the option to complete different tasks with the touch of a button or by using…

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Added by Melissa Culbertson on May 25, 2018 at 1:08pm — No Comments

Fishing

Some people hate fishing - just the idea of it - but others live for it! If you or someone you know has never had the chance to find out if they like to fish or not, consider taking a fishing adventure this summer. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and their online support, can help you locate a fishing area near you and provide insight into the laws and restrictions in the area. To learn more about fishing in Iowa, visit…

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Added by Kim Karwal on May 16, 2018 at 5:50am — No Comments

Brianna Lewin Introduction

I want to personally introduce myself to the FIND community!

My name is Brianna Lewin and I am a Rural Rehabilitation/Assistive Technology Center Support Professional with Easter Seals Iowa. I started my position on April 30th, so I am very new to this! However, I am so excited to learn every single day and be able to offer support to our communities in Iowa with assistive technology.…

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Added by Brianna Lewin on May 9, 2018 at 9:21am — No Comments

Walk for Independence

The Easter Seals Iowa Walk for Independence is Saturday, May 5, 2018. It will be held at Camp Sunnyside, 401 NE 66th Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310.

The activities will begin at 8:30am and go until 12:00pm. The stroll around Lake Cheerio at Camp Sunnyside will begin at 10:00am.

We hope to have you join us!

 

If you are unable to attend and/or interested in making a donation to Easter Seals Iowa, please visit the following website:…

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Added by Kim Karwal on May 2, 2018 at 8:31am — No Comments

A New Online Game for Deaf Youth

National Deaf Center Launches Online Game for Deaf Youth

  • Navigate real-life challenges. 
  • Develop self-determination skills.
  • Under stand your rights.

The NDC team is proud to introduce …

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Added by Lori Moore on May 1, 2018 at 11:39am — No Comments

Easter Seals Iowa Assistive Technology Exchange- check it out today!

Iowa Assistive Technology Exchange Program: This “classified ads” feature connects Iowans with the Assistive Technology they are in need of statewide. This service can be found at www.eastersealsiowa.at4all.com. For more information, please call 1-866-866-8782 (Toll Free), or 515-289-4069 (TTY).

Added by Kim Karwal on April 25, 2018 at 8:29am — No Comments

Where to start with AT?

The term Assistive Technology (AT) can sound incredibly complex but the actual AT can be something as simple as a post-it note. A post-it note is a specific example of a lower tech AT, whereas an iPad would be an example of a high tech AT. A few years back a booklet was created for Assistive Technology for Brain Injury. This booklet can be utilized for a variety of tasks, barriers, and devices – from low tech to high tech! You can check out this booklet that contains devices, resources, and…

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Added by Kim Karwal on April 18, 2018 at 8:15am — No Comments

It Might Be Spring!

Many individuals across the state are ready to get outside and prepare their gardens and planter boxes for summer. The Easter Seals Iowa Assistive Technology Program may have some devices to support the accessibility of gardening and planting!

Long-Reach Hoe (AT4all # 161856) is a stainless steel hoe with a long handle. The grip of the handle is positioned at a 90 degree angle from the hoe, giving it an ergonomic grip. There is an optional wrist-support addition that…

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Added by Kim Karwal on April 11, 2018 at 9:12am — No Comments

Walk for Independence Save the Date

The Easter Seals Iowa Walk for Independence is Saturday, May 5, 2018. It will be held at Camp Sunnyside, 401 NE 66th Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310.

The activities will begin at 8:30am and go until 12:00pm. The stroll around Lake Cheerio at Camp Sunnyside will begin at 10:00am.

We hope to have you join us!

If you are unable to attend and/or interested in making a donation to Easter Seals Iowa, please visit the following website:…

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Added by Kim Karwal on April 4, 2018 at 9:23am — No Comments

Occupational Therapy Student Blog: Nolan Barth

Earlier this month, we hosted two Drake Doctoral Occupational Therapy Students. Nolan generously shared about his experience:

"Hello FIND readers! My name is Nolan Barth and I am a first year Occupational Therapy student completing my pediatric fieldwork experience at Easter Seals Iowa. As part of my experience I was exposed to the numerous resources and the positive impact Easter Seals provides Iowans. I had many great experiences this week such as observing the implementation of…

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Added by Kim Karwal on March 28, 2018 at 8:29am — No Comments

Occupational Therapy Student Blog: Emily Mock

Earlier this month, we hosted two Drake Occupational Therapy students at Easter Seals Iowa through their fieldwork experience. This week and next, we will feature their experiences on FIND: 

"My name is Emily Mock. I am a first-year Occupational Therapy student at Drake University. I am completing one of my week-long fieldwork experiences at Easter Seals with my classmate Nolan.

I had the best time at Easter Seals this week for my pediatric fieldwork experience! I loved being…

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Added by Kim Karwal on March 21, 2018 at 9:03am — No Comments

Rooted in Rights

Rooted Rights is taking entries until the end of March for Storyteller Videos: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeSmJlXYeTqpuc1i7mCze6nZ4ZhZvD472TJH5h2oluy8yINHg/viewform.

Rooted in Rights produces videos and social media campaigns exclusively on disability rights issues. If your entry is selected, you may be eligible for assistance with script writing and filming…

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Added by Kim Karwal on March 15, 2018 at 8:31am — No Comments

Play Ball!

Playing ball can be altered by adding sound, texture, or size. The Easter Seals Iowa Assistive Technology Program Lending Library has a variety of balls of all different textures, sizes, and sounds. Sound may enhance an individual’s ability to recognize the location of a ball.  

Two examples of balls that utilize sound are below.

Beeper Ball (AT4all # 161840) is bright yellow in color, coated foam texture, and makes a high-pitched beep that…

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Added by Kim Karwal on March 6, 2018 at 2:43pm — No Comments

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