Assistive Technology: OrCam Read

Reading is a fun diversion, whether it’s a riveting novel or an interesting blog post or a funny tweet. It becomes a challenge when you are sleep-deprived or in a noisy environment and it’s hard to concentrate. This simple activity poses an even greater challenge for people with cognitive impairments that affect their ability to read.

Assistive Technology: Curb Cuts

Low shot of a person in a wheelchair preparing to roll through a curb cut.

The curb cut is a work of assistive technology so commonplace that it is more a part of assistive infrastructure than a “product.” Curb cuts, those short concrete ramps found at just about every pedestrian intersection in the United States, provide a gentle slope from an elevated sidewalk to the street surface below. About 1 …

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Assistive Technology: Kurzweil 3000

Kurzweil Education Logo

Kurzweil 3000 is a text-to-speech software that emphasizes reading comprehension through a multi-sensory approach. When a user uploads a PDF document to Kurzweil, the software is able to transform the text into a customizable audio-track, change the font of the text to an OpenDyslexic font, and more. Text-to-Speech Features For most of history, reading was …

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Assistive Technology: EazyHold Universal Cuff

EazyHold

EazyHold was invented by three sisters who understood how important it is to maintain independence through adversity. With EazyHold you can easily accomplish all your daily living activities with independence despite physical conditions or disabilities that might be impacting your grip strength. Their patented EazyHold design gives children and adults the ability to hold onto …

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Assistive Technology: Closed Captioning

Closed captioning was primarily created to assist people who are deaf or hearing-impaired in comprehending the audio content of a video. It provides people an option to display the audio portion of a video as text on the screen. This technology is extremely important because it provides “a critical link to news, entertainment, and information for individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.”

Assistive Technology: KOMP – The one-button computer

KOMP - One Button Computer

KOMP is a one-button computer designed by No Isolation, for the elderly to be able to connect with their family members. KOMP is primarily a communication device for their families that allows them to share photos of their day-to-day lives, send messages, reminders, and make video calls.  By giving the elderly access to these technological …

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Assistive Technology: Portable translators

Most standalone translators are designed along the lines of translating what you’re hearing (or saying) in real-time by just pressing one button. Since this is a product that only does one thing- translate, to make it straightforward and easy to use, most devices have a minimum screen or no screen, with only one or two buttons, a mic for input and a speaker for output.