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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

Kim Karwal Introduction

Thank you, FIND readers, for breaking from your busy life to virtually met me!

My name is Kim Karwal and I am a Rural Solutions and Assistive Technology Center Coordinator at Easter Seals Iowa. I have worked for Easter Seals Iowa for five years now and have enjoyed every moment! I have a unique opportunity within my career to travel the state to support farm family members with disabilities and provide assistive technology support for children and adults with disabilities and/or…

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Added by Kim Karwal on October 25, 2017 at 7:59am — No Comments

Hello, Find Readers!

Hello, Find Readers! My name is Maggie Cox and I am an Assistive Technology Support Professional at Easter Seals Iowa. I am new to the AT team but bring with me a background in Education, both Early Childhood and Special Education.

Transitions are such a critical point that can determine whether an individual experiences success or encounters difficulty or failure. This is especially true for youth with disabilities transitioning to adulthood. Having a solid team in place to assist…

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Added by Maggie Cox on October 18, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

Easter Seals Iowa Assistive Technology Program

Easter Seals Iowa Assistive Technology Program is excited to connect with the members of the FIND blog! We would like to start this adventure by taking a little time to explain our services and resources and then in the following weeks provide a more details introduction to our team members.

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

Demonstration Center : The…

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Added by Kim Karwal on October 11, 2017 at 8:29am — No Comments

so long, farewell....

So long, farewell
Auf Weidersehen, goodbye
I leave and heave
A sigh and say goodbye... Sound of Music
This will be my last FIND Blog post. I am retiring today after 28 years with the Iowa Program for Assistive Technology.  I have had the pleasure of meeting many great people across Iowa and the country. I leave IPAT and this BLOG in the capable…
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Added by Jane Gay on October 4, 2017 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

October is Disability Employment Month

AT for employment    AT for job exploration

As your child begins to plan for transition to adult life, employment in the community should be a priority.  In fact, top of your mind starting even now to plan for success.  Job exploration is part of the transition process. Success in adult employment is strongly supported by and linked to after school work, summer jobs, and volunteer work. 

 It might be helpful to expand the jobs your child might do, explore or consider by going…

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Added by Jane Gay on September 27, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

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, cleaning
  • Recreation, sports and health
  • Transportation: driving, public…
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Added by Jane Gay on September 20, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments

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

 

Added by Jane Gay on September 11, 2017 at 10:27am — No Comments

HOW TO HELP DISASTER SURVIVORS IN TEXAS

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

Added by Jane Gay on August 29, 2017 at 1:34pm — No Comments

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 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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Added by Jane Gay on August 24, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments

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