Great NEW AT Products: 2016

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Great NEW AT Products:  2016

by Molly Shannon, OTR/L, ATP,

on the ATandOT Blog

 

 

After attending the annual Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) conference in Florida last week, I wanted to share some new or just great assistive technology (AT) products and resources. As it is so expensive to attend out-of-state conferences and most employers are rarely funding continuing educational conferences anymore, I hope that you find some new AT for you to consider. The extensive list below includes a combination of access devices, apps, sensory, or activities of daily living AT products.

 

Enablemart (www.enablemart.com ):

Chester Keys1. ChesterKeys, $52:  This is a big and bold colored Bluetooth keyboard for use with an iPad to assist with motor or sensory challenges.

 

 

 

 

Anthro Cup2.  Anthro Thumbs Up Cup, $15:  This is a daily living product designed to assist people who have decreased grip strength, wrist pain, or hand deformities.

 

 

Shannon Feb Writing GRIP3. Writing GRIP $10:  This grip has an unusual design and is made of non-slip material that assists in holding a pen, pencil, stylus, or paintbrush.

 

 

 

 

TECLA Shield from Komodo, $349:  This device is sold through many vendors or can be purchased through Tecla.   It helps address limited upper body mobility and helps people access their touchscreen devices. Tecla works with iOS and Android smartphones, tablets, and computers.  It is accessible through assistive buttons, switches, or wheelchair driving controls. While it might not be new, it is a popular and powerful device.

Tecla Shield

 

RJ Cooper:   This site is an excellent resource that offers apps, iPad accessories, software, and hardware for persons with special needs.  He has updated 6 of his software programs to iPad apps. Of course he has a treasure trove of other technology for switches, mounting, and access in general.

 

Inclusive Technology:

 iSwitch1. iSwitch, $165:   This is a new Bluetooth switch for IOS devices.

 

 

 

 J-Pad2. J-Pad, $275:   This is a Bluetooth joystick interface providing switch access to all iPad functions.

 

EyeGaze3. Three software programs for eyegaze systems including: Attention and Looking, Exploring and Playing, and Choosing and Learning.

 

 

Adaptive Switch Labs (ASL):  The ATOM Electronic Head Array is a new switch interface for head access via switches and other new products for access and power wheelchair controls.

 Head Array

 

 

 Go Worksheet Maker

 

Attainment Company Go Worksheet Maker App, $20:   This is a full and free version. The app converts printed worksheets to customizable digital forms on an iPad so that all students can read and answer worksheet questions.  Looked great!

 

 

School Health:   This site has a variety of new no-tech tools:

Caterpinch Gel Fidget

 

Gel Fidgets:  The Caterpinch Fidget, $18

 

 

 

 

Cozy Shades

 

 

Cozy Shades for filtering light, $42

 

 

 

 Halo Cup

 

Halo Cup, $6

 

 

Ablenet:

1. Hook+, $165:  Hook+ is an IOS switch interface that provides wired access.

 Hook+

 

2. Blue2 Bluetooth Switch,$179:   This switch provides single or dual switch access via Bluetooth connection to iOS, Apple OS X, Windows, Google Chrome, and Android devices.

 Blue2 Bluetooth Switch

3.   Relax IR Remote, $400:   The NEW Relax is an accessible infrared (IR) learning remote and provides simplified control of almost any IR device.

 Relax IR Remote

4. my Gaze Assistive 2, $1495:  myGaze Assistive 2 is an easy and affordable eye gaze control system for hands-free computer access compatible with USB 2.0 on Windows 7 and 8 or USB 3.0 on Windows 8 and 10.

Feb My Gaze

 

 MiloRobots4autism Curriculum:  Milo, RoboKind’s life-like robot, pairs with traditional intervention methods to help children with ASD reach their developmental goals. Robot-generated instruction teaches social understanding and improves a child’s ability to use social behaviors. It is IOS and Android compatible.  I was actually quite impressed with this product and could see many students with ASD connecting with this combination of the robot and the tablet curriculum which are used simultaneously. Take a look at this video to help you why!

 

Therapy Box:  InkuInk,  $20:   This IOS app has word prediction, spell check, speech-to-text options, and it has customizable options.  Here’s a good article comparing INKU with Don Johnston’s Co: Writer Word Prediction from OTs with Apps.

 

 

 Snug VestSnugvest, $365:  This vest is designed for individuals with autism, sensory processing disorder, or anxiety.  Snug Vest inflates to provide adjustable pressure for a hug-like squeeze without pressure. This jacket had a very pleasing texture, looked stylish, and it was pumped with a squeeze device.

 

 

 

Modular Hose:  This site offers mounting for switches and devices and they have very reasonably priced resources. Not new, but a great resource!

 

Modular Hose Mount Kit

Awesome Free Resources:

1. Ablenet IOS 9 Accessibility:  This is  a fantastic resource!

2. Speech Recognition as AT for Writing Guide by Daniel Cochrane and Kelly Key

New AT Reference book:   Quality Indicators in Assistive Technology: A Comprehensive Guide to AT Services, $50:  This book is written by the industry leaders in AT and published by CAST.

 

So there you have it!  Connect and let me hear about some of the new AT products you have found lately.  If you get a chance, you really should try and attend this great conference held annually in Orlando:  Assistive Technology Industry Association (atia).  

 

Molly Shannon, OTR/L, ATPMolly Shannon, OTR/L, AT , is an occupational Therapist with 33 years’ experience and  currently working in the public schools as a school-based Occupational Therapist in NC. She has specialized in the provision of Assistive Technology for 29 of those years and is RESNA certified as an Assistive Technology Professional. In addition, Molly is an Adjunct Professor of Occupational Therapy at Cabarrus College of Health Sciences in the Master’s Program teaching Therapeutic Adaptations/Assistive Technology in OT. She loves to present and train others in Assistive Technology and has been a national-level conference presenter since 1989.  She has worked with clients of all ages and with a wide range of disabilities in public/private school settings, non-profit educational/therapeutic agencies, outpatient/inpatient rehabilitation, and with the North Carolina Assistive Technology Program.  You can connect with Molly on Twitter sitePinterest Boards, or her ATandOT Facebook page.

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