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Kim Karwal's Blog (6)

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

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

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

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

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

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