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Jane Gay's Blog (227)

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

OrbiTouch -a different keyboard

The OrbiTouch is new key board that you might think about if a regular keyboard doesn't work.

The 2 domes are moved to type a…

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Added by Jane Gay on August 4, 2017 at 8:30am — No Comments

A voice of thier own

Many have watched and enjoyed the TV show this year "Speechless". 

If so, you might also be interested in the progress being made with digital speech.  

https://www.facebook.com/nbcnightlynews/videos/10155055827943689/

Added by Jane Gay on July 27, 2017 at 12:36pm — No Comments

What Do Youth Workers Have to Know about the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)?

PYD Network Webinar/Meeting

 What Do Youth Workers Have to Know about the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)?…

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Added by Jane Gay on July 25, 2017 at 9:24am — No Comments

Used assistive technology devices - buy or sell

The Iowa Assistive Technology Exchange Program, formerly known as the Used Equipment Referral Service, is a  free on-line listing of used devices that people are selling and looking…

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Added by Jane Gay on June 26, 2017 at 1:52pm — No Comments

Summer Camp responsibilities under ADA

Article from NE ADA center

With summer upon us, camp season is about to begin. In May 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) along with U.S. Attorney's offices nationwide, issued a notice reinforcing the importance of inclusion when it comes to summer camps (link here:…

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Added by Jane Gay on June 7, 2017 at 8:48am — No Comments

Project Search in Waterloo on Channel 7 The Steele Report

Catch a few minutes of Ron Steele’s “The Steele Report” on Sunday morning and he was interviewing two individuals from Waterloo involved with Project SEARCH to the Waterloo area. Cool that he was showcasing their work in providing training and creating meaningful work opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities.  You can still watch the segment from the website.   …

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Added by Jane Gay on June 5, 2017 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Accessible Hiking, Camping and Fishing? WOW!

Really WOW!!  Wilderness on Wheels has been operating for over 30 years in Colorado.  And WOW for what is going on there!   Check it out at …

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Added by Jane Gay on May 23, 2017 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Travel related devices and AT

There is an interesting article in New Mobility about travel related devices.  http://www.newmobility.com/2017/05/travel-product-wheelchair-users/

Added by Jane Gay on May 19, 2017 at 9:10am — No Comments

Order Books for next year??? YES --- NOW

It is already time to order alternative format textbooks for the 2017-2018 school year!

It takes time to get all the books across the state ready for the start of school. They cannot all be done in August.

Alternative formats include Braille, large print, audio and digital text. Simply put, if your child doesn't have the textbook when school starts >>> how are they going to learn, keep up and get a Free and Appropriate Education (FAPE)

 Teachers…

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Added by Jane Gay on May 3, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments

Vibra vibrating watch with 12 alarms

You can set up to 12 daily alerts on the Vibra watches.  This would be good tool to increase independence and safety at home, school or work. The watch can be set to vibrate, make a sound or both.  They come in a variety of looks to match your child’s age and likes.   https://www.amazon.com/VibraLITE-Mini-12-Alarm-Vibrating-Watch/dp/B009OGE6S8…

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Added by Jane Gay on April 26, 2017 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

Cell phone alerting device – for persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

 

Cell phone texting can be a huge deal for staying connected for teens who are Deaf  or Hard of Hearing. This cell phone sensor is activated when a mobile phone or tablet screen lights up, for example from an incoming call or message. Place it on top of the mobile device and…

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Added by Jane Gay on April 19, 2017 at 5:30am — No Comments

Adjustable gas cap tool – for your student driver and others

This handy tool is designed to fit over the raised bar that is present on the top of all gas caps. There are multiple grooves in the head of the gas cap tool so that the tool may be grabbed at different angles. This Gas Cap Removal Tool comes with two attachments in order to…

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Added by Jane Gay on April 13, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments

Turn you TV flat screen into a touch screen

Using the $300 Touchjet Wave you can turn your flat screen TV into a HUGE touch screen for your child’s homework, work or fun. Learn more at  http://www.touchjet.com/  

Added by Jane Gay on April 5, 2017 at 5:30am — No Comments

Freedom Wand

The FreedomWand® is a personal hygiene aid that helps people with limited range of motion or who have difficulty reaching while toileting, bathing, shaving, and applying ointment. The FreedomWand can assist people who struggle with spinal/back injuries, arthritis, carpal tunnel,…

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Added by Jane Gay on March 29, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments

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