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Gripping

For many tasks, holding a pencil or toothbrush to grabbing a rake or kayak paddle, gripping can post a barrier and sometimes pain! The Easter Seals Iowa Assistive Technology Program may have supports to demonstrate and/or loan, for these gripping concerns.

Foam Tubing (AT4all # 161654) can be used to build-up the grip of a device or utensil and may make it easier to grip.

Universal Cuff (AT4all # 168317) adds a built-up grip and a strap around…

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Added by Kim Karwal on February 28, 2018 at 7:37am — 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 February 20, 2018 at 4:20pm — No Comments

Switch Clicks at the Lending Library

There are a great number of applications for switch clicks- from operating a toy duck to operating a paper shredder! The Easter Seals Iowa Assistive Technology Loan Program Lending Library may be the place to start on your switch click journey.

The Lending Library has a variety of clicks and accessories that can be borrowed for a 30-day trial period. Click the following link to view some:…

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Added by Kim Karwal on February 13, 2018 at 4:05pm — No Comments

Durable Medical Equipment Loan Program {Device Feature}

Toddler AMTryke. This ticycle is made for small children with a sturdy frame and quick-turn knob that allows for easy adjustments. This item is currently available through the Easter Seals Iowa Durable Medical Equipment Loan Program for a one-time fee of $25 with application and health-care provider approval. For more information, contact Easter Seals Iowa Assistive Technology Program. To view an image of this devices, click here …

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Added by Kim Karwal on February 6, 2018 at 12:10pm — No Comments

Health and Wellness with Yoga

We hope you take a moment to watch a video about Assistive Technology for yoga,  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcPkb_A9ILg.

Easter Seals Iowa Assistive Technology Center Lending Library has a variety of yoga-related devices to support Iowan’s with disabilities perform the motion and experience something new!

Check out the following devices on our AT4all website,…

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Added by Kim Karwal on January 31, 2018 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Health & Wellness: Staying on Track

The New Year signals the time for resolutions to improve our health and wellness. Perhaps you are veering off track or haven’t had a chance to focus on your resolution to live healthier. We can help!! Visit www.eastersealsia.at4all.com to check out our inventory of devices to keep you active, eating right, and feeling great. Devices in our Lending Library are available for a free 30 day loan to all Iowans.  Want more information? Contact the…

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Added by Maggie Cox on January 24, 2018 at 7:51am — No Comments

Self-Stabilizing Eating Utensils

Liftware is a line of dining utensils with the potential power to cancel out tremors and cut down on spills. The devices use motion sensors and motors to react to involuntary movements by the user. Liftware may benefit individuals experiencing symptoms related to Parkinson’s disease, Cerebral Palsy, and other conditions resulting in hand tremors.

There are two different models of Liftware: Liftware Steady and Liftware Level. The stabilizing handle of the Steady model is designed to…

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Added by Melissa Culbertson on January 17, 2018 at 9:43am — No Comments

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from Easter Seals Iowa Assistive Technology Program!

The Easter Seals Iowa Assistive Technology Program has several services to support Iowans with disabilities in trialing and obtaining Assistive Technology.

Demonstration Center : The Demonstration Center, located at Easter Seals Camp Sunnyside, showcases different types of assistive technologies. To schedule an appointment to tour the Demonstration Center or connect with team members email…

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Added by Kim Karwal on January 10, 2018 at 8:26am — No Comments

Easter Seals Iowa Assistive Technology Program

Happy New Year from Easter Seals Iowa Assistive Technology Program!

The Easter Seals Iowa Assistive Technology Program has several services to support Iowans with disabilities in trialing and obtaining Assistive Technology.

Demonstration Center : The Demonstration Center, located at Easter Seals Camp Sunnyside, showcases different types of assistive technologies. To schedule an appointment to tour the Demonstration Center or connect with team members email…

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Added by Kim Karwal on January 10, 2018 at 8:00am — No Comments

New Year Organization

The New Year can be a great time to get things organized and apps may be a support.

Apps on smartphones, tables, and televisions are continuously changing in feature and price, therefore it is import to learn how to search for apps that meet the user’s needs.

To begin, you should locate the “App Store” on your IOS device or the “Play Store” on your Android device. From there, use the search engine to search for a keyword, such as “organization”.

According to Tom’s Guide…

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Added by Kim Karwal on January 5, 2018 at 8:00am — No Comments

New Year Organization Tools

The New Year can be a great time to get things organized and apps may be a support.

Apps on smartphones, tablets, and televisions are continuously changing in feature and price, therefore it is important to learn how to search for apps that meet the user’s needs.

To begin, you should locate the “App Store” on your Apple iOS device or the “Play Store” on your Android device. From there, search for a keyword, such as “organization”.

According to Tom’s Guide (LAPTOP), 2017,…

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Added by Kim Karwal on January 4, 2018 at 10:00am — No Comments

Deep Pressure Therapy Devices and Assistive Technology

The Easter Seals Iowa Assistive Technology Program offers a variety of devices to try out for free. .

One such devices, the Snug Vest, has been growing in popularity this past year. Some people report that inflatable vest provides deep pressure therapy. Click here to view a video of this specific device: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=30&v=rA0f5Zg19K8

To view the Snug Vest device on…

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Added by Kim Karwal on December 27, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

Selecting, Obtaining & Funding AT

Are you looking to purchase an Assistive Technology device? Selecting and funding a device can be confusing and complicated. There are many resources available to help you navigate this process. Selecting and Obtaining Assistive Technology and Funding Strategies for Assistive…

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Added by Maggie Cox on December 20, 2017 at 11:33am — No Comments

Holiday Toys

As the Holidays are fast approaching, many of you may be wondering what to purchase for the children in your life. Our Assistive Technology Program Lending Library has nearly 200 devices specifically for youth and adaptive needs. 

Perhaps the child has requested a FurReal Toy but you fear they may not be able to fully interact with the toy. Adaptations can be made through a battery disconnect and Jellybean Switch that may allow the individual the option of pushing a button to engage…

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Added by Kim Karwal on December 13, 2017 at 10:42am — No Comments

Preparing for Winter with AT

Preparing For Winter With AT

Winter weather is on the way which can mean additional challenges for Iowans with disabilities. Fortunately, there are assistive technology (AT) devices that can aid in safety and independence as the temperature drops. Learn about some of these devices available for loan through Easter Seals Iowa Lending Library below.

Finishing up yardwork?

Try using a shorter-length garden rake on a fixed handle that you can use sitting down on a…

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Added by Melissa Culbertson on December 6, 2017 at 8:03am — No Comments

Hands-Free Access!

There are multiple reasons why an individual may desire to be hands-free when using the computer. An individual may experience arthritis in the wrists that is worsened by the overuse of typing and mouse navigation; an individual may experience limited dexterity in the fingers which makes keying slow, difficult or painful; an individual may even simply prefer to speak instead of type or move their head instead of navigating with a mouse – whatever the experience or desire, there are options…

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Added by Kim Karwal on November 29, 2017 at 8:30am — No Comments

Pacer Center: Champions for Children with Disabilities

Though we like to focus on Assistive Technology resources in Iowa, we also like to recognize possible resources in our neighboring states. The Pacer Center in Minnesota provides workshops, webinars, and other online resources that Iowan’s can access. Their website archives webinars that may answer questions parents or guardians of children with disabilities have regarding behaviors, rights in school systems, assistive technology and so much more. Visit their website at …

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Added by Maggie Cox on November 21, 2017 at 8:18am — No Comments

Tracy Keninger

Tracy Keninger is the director of the Rural Solutions Program and Assistive Technology Center. She has been working at Easter Seals Iowa for over 20 years now, where she began as a Direct Support Professional. 

Tracy desired to share a message with the FIND community, "My first introduction to assistive technology (AT) was when I was growing up on the farm. My father was a farmer and Veteran with a disability, so we were constantly experimenting with different tools and adapting them…

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Added by Kim Karwal on November 15, 2017 at 6:54am — No Comments

Craig Mayes

Craig Mayes has worked for Easter Seals Iowa for 22 years. He works in the Assistive Technology Center with the Equipment Loan Program and also with the Maintenance Department at Camp Sunnyside. 

The Equipment Loan Program is a statewide program.  Easter Seals Iowa accepts donations of equipment. This equipment is then refurbished, repaired, and sanitized to be loaned back out to Iowans in need  for a one-time fee. Items can be borrowed, with the approval of a healthcare provider, for…

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Added by Kim Karwal on November 8, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

Melissa Culbertson Introduction

Hello everyone. My name is Melissa Culbertson. I work with the Assistive Technology Center at Easter Seals Iowa. I joined Easter Seals this past May. I have learned so much during my time here and continue to learn something new every day. When I’m not at work, I enjoy being outdoors and spending time with family and pets.

My favorite part of my position is seeing the excitement expressed by clients when discovering a device that will make their lives easier. I enjoy sharing…

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Added by Melissa Culbertson on November 1, 2017 at 11:24am — No Comments

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