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WVATS Fall 2017 Newsletter

See page 3 for DRWV’s article on our Client Assistance Program (CAP).

Smart Home Products Prove Useful For Those With Special Needs

Smart Home Products Prove Useful For Those With Special Needs by Debbie Carlson, Chicago Tribune/TNS | October 24, 2017 https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2017/10/24/smart-home-products-useful/24335/ _________________________________________________________________ Smart Home Products Prove Useful For Those With Special Needs by Debbie Carlson, Chicago Tribune/TNS | October 24, 2017 Smart home products are often marketed for their convenience, but the technology also can help people with disabilities become more independent. Connected via Wi-Fi or a different technology to other things in the home, smart home products can be controlled remotely by a touch panel or an app on a device. The technology remains a nascent category, but some consumer products include functions that previously were found in assistive devices. Smartphones, tablets and Wi-Fi-connected homes made the overlap possible, said Stephen Ewell, executive director of the Consumer Technology Association Foundation. Apps use smartphone accessibility features, like voice commands or touchscreens, opening interaction with various home technologies. The consumer market’s economies of scale can make smart home products cheaper and with… Read More > Smart Home Products Prove Useful For Those With Special Needs

The Promise of Assistive Technology: An Interactive Guide to Selected Products and Funding Sources

The Promise of Assistive Technology: An Interactive Guide to Selected Products and Funding Sources For people with disabilities, assistive products and technologies hold promise for supporting entry or return to the workforce. But what products exist? And what funding sources and accommodations are available to help people acquire the appropriate products and use them in the workplace? Based on a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, this guide provides a broad overview of selected products and technologies in four categories—(1) wheeled and seated mobility devices; (2) upper extremity prostheses; (3) selected hearing technologies; (4) and communication and speech technologies—as well as available funding options. To explore the interactive guide, click the link below http://resources.nationalacademies.org/infographics/assistivedevices/assistivedevices.html

Buy IT!–Your Guide for Purchasing Accessible Technology #NDEAM17

Buy IT!—Your Guide for Purchasing Accessible Technology Implementing accessible technology in your workplace means buying accessible tech in the first place. This free online resource helps employers and their purchasing team build accessibility and usability into their information technology procurement processes. Featuring background and sample language, Buy IT! offers step-by-step guidance on researching IT vendors, specifying accessibility requirements in your RFPs, and validating the accessibility of your product choices. As such, it addresses a crucial step in reducing the technology-related barriers facing many employees, job seekers, and customers with disabilities by helping businesses buy and implement technology that works for everyone. Click the link to learn more-http://www.peatworks.org/Buy-IT

Centers for Independent Living Partner with Humanitarian Bat Mitzvah Project

The Centers for Independent Living received 75 manual wheelchairs this summer to distribute to those in need. Brynn Hochman and her family from Los Angeles have been working with American Wheelchair Mission as part of a humanitarian Bat Mitzvah project. She initially focused her efforts raising money to bring wheelchairs to Vietnam, Africa and Israel. They are now bringing their humanitarian efforts to Appalachians and have partnered with the CILs to identify individuals who need these chairs. For contact information on your local Centers for Independent Living please contact the Statewide Independent Living Council toll free at 1-855-855-9743.

Do you have effective communication with your healthcare providers?

https://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-individuals/disability/effective-communication/index.html Do you have effective communication with your healthcare providers?   Title III of the ADA requires health care providers to ensure that their communications with people with hearing disabilities are as effective as their communications with people without disabilities.   To meet this obligation, health care providers, as well as other public accommodations, must provide auxiliary aids and services unless doing so would cause an undue burden to the facility or fundamentally alter the service being provided.   Although handwritten notes or typed text can be an appropriate auxiliary aid for simple communications, in complex health care-related communications, qualified sign language interpretation may be required.   The individual with a disability cannot be charged extra for the cost of an interpreter or other auxiliary aid.   If you have experienced problems accessing effective communication, and would like DRWV’s assistance, please call DRWV at 800-950-5250 and request an intake.  You may also email DRWV at contact@drofwv.org.  

Assistive Technology: Difference Between Audiobooks and Text-to-Speech (TTS)

Both audiobooks and text-to-speech (TTS) can help kids who have reading issues like dyslexia. These types of assistive technology let kids listen to a book being read aloud as they look at the words. But audiobooks and TTS are different in key ways. Use this chart in this link to find out the differences.   https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/assistive-technology/assistive-technologies-basics/the-difference-between-audiobooks-and-text-to-speech

WVU Hearing Aid Fund Established to Help Low Income Clients, Honors Morgantown Physician and Former Professor

West Virginia University’s College of Education and Human Services is partnering with the Morgantown Rotary Club to provide hearing aids to low income clients of the WVU Hearing Center through a fund created to honor the late Dr. Hugh Lindsay, MD, PhD. Click here to read more.

Instant Braille Translator Can Fit in Your Hand

Team Tactile, an all-woman band of MIT engineering undergrads, is working on a device that translates Braille in real time.  

Find the Right Channel–Communication Aids for People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Communication comes in many shapes and sizes: a multi-paged report, a hastily scratched memo on a post-it, a whisper, a shout, a shrug of the shoulder, or a smile. But what if you cannot hear or have difficulty hearing? Does that mean you have to limit your method of communication to paper and pen? By no means! A diverse array of assistive technology (AT) products are available to help you bridge the communication gap.   Click here to read more!