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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

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

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

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

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

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