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Tools & Technology

Apple iPadApple iPad
The Apple iPad is at the forefront of a technological revolution with its sleek and user-friendly designs. The greater accessibility of the iPad its high resolution multi-touch screen allow for an optimal experience. With the touch of a hand, listen to music, surf the internet, watch videos, and access thousands of applications. Also, take a look at the Reeve Foundation's Guide to Apps for People Using Wheelchairs. "It's compact and I can do just about anything," says Christine Symanski, who is living with a C4/C5 spinal cord injury. "Overall, the iPad gives me freedom to be independent and I can switch between individual tasks."

Price: $499.00
Link: www.apple.com

Dragon Dictate for Mac - Simply Smarter Speech RecognitionDragon Dictate for Mac - Simply Smarter Speech Recognition
With Dragon Dictate for Mac, accomplish more than you ever imagined possible. Input text just by speaking - up to three times faster than typing - and interact with your favorite Mac applications using only your voice. With Dragon Dictate you can produce reports, e-mail, articles, books, research notes, online content, and more -- quickly, easily, and accurately. You'll get more done faster with less stress and more success -- at home, at work, or wherever life takes you. Dragon Dictate provides amazing accuracy and requires just minutes of training to get started - it's Simply Smarter Speech Recognition.

Price: $199.99
Link: www.nuance.com

Nintendo Wii & Broadened Horizons' Nintendo Wii Accessible Switch Adapted Game ControlsNintendo Wii & Broadened Horizons' Nintendo Wii Accessible Switch Adapted Game Controls
The Nintendo Wii is an entertaining gaming experience for all ages. With Broadened Horizons' Nintendo Wii Accessible Switch Adapted Game Controls, enjoy the Wii's motion control games even further. The accessory is specifically designed to meet the needs of gamers, living with disabilities, and it does not require any hand function. Place the device on the forearm or the head and get ready to play!

Price: Nintendo Wii - $199.99
           Nintendo Wii Access Control - $349.95
Link:  Nintendo Wii - www.gamestop.com 
           Nintendo Wii Accedd Control - www.broadenedhorizons.com

Voice Activated DialerVoice Activated Dialer
Pressing buttons to dial phone numbers can be difficult for those with low vision or limited hand capabilities. But now, dial any number with the voice! The Voice Activated Dialer is simply placed between the telephone and the wall jack.

Price: $199.00 - $216.00
Link: www.dynamic-living.com
Related Products:  MOSHI Voice Control Digital Clock ($39.99) and Invoca 3 Voice Activated TV Remote ($30.99)

TeleStick TS3040TeleStick TS3040
The TeleStick is a handy grabbing tool that helps one retrieve objects without exerting extra effort. "They are lightweight and absolutely practical," says Harold Aguilar, Reeve Foundation Associate Information Specialist, who is living with quadriplegia. The soft hand grip requires minimal hand strength and this tool is essential for independent living.

Price: $ 29.95
Link: www.telestik.com
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Receive-All Arm Brace
The Receive-All Arm Brace, by Adaptive Solutions LLC, is an adjustable hand support system that is beneficial for people with limited hand capabilities. Simply strap the Receive-All Arm Brace onto the forearm and attach the adapter to the product that needs to be held. This product is handy for various recreational activities such as fishing, gardening and so much more! Each left-handed and right-handed package comes with one Arm Brace, two adapters, foam padding, and cable ties.

Price: $54.95
Link: www.receive-all.com

StrongArm Forearm CaneStrongArm Forearm Cane
"StrongArm Forearm Cane is very well suited as its dual surfaces allow for an easy transfer function when the user is on his or her feet," says Andrey Kharlamov, StrongArm Mobility Vice President. "The StrongArm forearm cradle's firm support provides for safer mobility as it greatly improves the dynamic balance." This walking aid provides support, stability, and control, ensuring a comfortable walking experience.

Price: $ 59.95 (Single Cane)
Link: www.strongarmmobility.com

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Assistive Technology Training Online Project The Assistive Technology Training Online Project (ATTO) provides information on AT applications that help students with disabilities learn in elementary classrooms.

Abledata: ComputersABLEDATA provides objective information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources to consumers, organizations, professionals, and caregivers within the United States. We serve the nation's disability, rehabilitation, and senior communities.

AbilityHub: Assistive Technology SolutionsInformation on adaptive equipment and alternative methods for accessing computers.

A Reeve Foundation Fact Sheet on Assistive Technology - Computers (PDF)

Camera MouseThe Camera Mouse uses a standard USB camera to convert head and finger motions into computer mouse pointer movements.

The CyberlinkBrain Actuated Technologies has developed this unique, futuristic system enabling hands-free control of a mouse cursor to power video games and other electronic products. The Cyberlink device, reminicent of a science fiction gadget, utilizes a headband with sensors that detect electrical signals made from subtle facial muscle and eye movements as well as from brain wave activity.

Dragon SystemsVoice activation at its finest, the Dragon Systems technology is used not only to operate laptops and pda's but can even control multimedia centers, navigation systems, mobile phones and much more.

laesieworks.com: Computer AccessIt's can be very important for a quadriplegia to have very good access to normal computer & software, even when laying flat in bed. This page is about how I do it. No, that dot is nothing religious! With that dot I control my computer.

Origin Instruments CorporationThis company manufactures The HeadMouse Extreme which translates head motions into computer mouse pointer movements. They also offer other helpful accessories such as soft and smart type keyboards, a sip and puff switch and a dragger utility for manipulating the left and right buttons of the standard mouse.

Prentke Romich CompanyFor complete computer control, visit this site which offers just about every possible device for accessibility from specialized keyboards to the headmouse.

Quad-JoyThis hands-free system was developed by a quadriplegic who, fueled by his own needs, figured a way to operate his computer using a joystick controlled mouse. The mouse works by sip and puff.

The Talking DesktopHands-free computer operation becomes possible with this voice activated software. Through speech recognition, the talking desktop will guide you through virtually any computer function.

TrackerProThe TrackerPro technology allows for cursor control to function through head pointing using a unit which is located on the top of the computer. The unit tracks head movements by the user and then converts the motions into computer mouse operations.

Paralysis Resource Center The Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center Information Specialists are reachable business weekdays, Monday through Friday, toll-free at 800-539-7309 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm ET. You may also schedule a call or send a message online.

Reeve Foundation Online Paralysis Community Connecting people living with paralysis, families, friends and caregivers so we can share support, experience, knowledge, and hope.

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The Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center Information Specialists are reachable business weekdays, Monday through Friday, toll-free at 800-539-7309 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Eastern U.S. Time. International callers use 973-467-8270. You may also schedule a call or send a message online.

This project was supported, in part by grant number 90PR3001, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.