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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 rolling garden cart. It is equipped with four 10-inch wheels for easy rolling and includes a utility basket that can be used to hold tools.  Its solid steel axles allow for easy steering and mobility.


Time to clear the sidewalk after the first snow?

Getting a grip on your shovel handle can be tricky, especially while wearing gloves. Adapt your shovel to allow for a better grip. Secure foam pipe insulation around the handle and use GearTies to secure the tool to your hand. GearTies and other ways to achieve a better grip are available through the Easter Seals Lending Library.


Navigating icy terrain with a cane?

Borrow the Cane Ice Tip  from Easter Seals to find out if it could help you stay safe. The Carex Cane Ice Tip is an essential addition for those who want to help prevent falls on snow or ice. When it's not needed, it conveniently flips up and out of the way.



Listed above are just a few of many different types of AT that can be helpful this winter. The Easter Seals Lending Library is a great way to make sure a product works for you before making a purchase.  It is free to all Iowans and five items may be checked out at a time for up to 30 days. If you would like to borrow any of the devices mentioned or have any questions on how you can better stay independent during the winter months, contact Easter Seals Iowa Assistive Technology Program: 1-866-866-8782 Phone: TTY: 515-289-4069

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