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Assistive Technology in your pocket

As we know, Assistive Technology comes in many forms. From the wheelchair that increases mobility to communication apps that give someone a voice, AT is everywhere.

There is one piece of assistive technology that most everyone carries, and that is a smart phone. A smart phone has a wide range of uses that extend beyond social media, selfies, Texting, and phone calls.

 

Assistive Technology features built into Smartphones

Reading
Talk Back and other text-to-speech (TTS) features allow your smartphone or tablet to read any text on the screen. This helps those with visual impairments or learning disabilities receive information from their devices.

Writing
Smartphones come with Dictation features built in so that a person can type on the screen without having to use a manual keyboard.

Organization and Attention
Both Android and iOS come with a built in calendar app that can be accessed through your smartphone, tablet, or computer. The Calendar app makes it easy to keep up with important dates, Events, and daily reminders to keep you focused and on task.

 

Assistive Technology Apps

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Guthrie, Dingell Introduce EMPOWER Care Act

Guthrie, Dingell Introduce EMPOWER Care Act

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) today introduced the Ensuring Medicaid Provides Opportunities for Widespread Equity, Resources (EMPOWER) and Care Act (H.R. 5306) to ensure that Medicaid beneficiaries can receive the best long-term care possible in their communities or in their own homes.

The federal Money Follows the Person Demonstration Program was first authorized in 2005 and allows certain Medicaid beneficiaries, mainly those with disabilities, to receive long-term care services in their own homes. The program provides a way for elderly and disabled patients to move from institutional care to home or community-based services. The Kentucky Transitions program has been able to help hundreds of Kentuckians make this transition.

“The Money Follows the Person program is a proven success that has allowed Medicaid patients to take charge of their health care in a commonsense, cost-effective way,” said Congressman Guthrie.“Kentucky’s Money Follows the Person program, Kentucky Transitions, has helped hundreds of Kentuckians transition from health care facilities to receiving long-term care in their...

VR is looking for Public Comment on their portion of the 2016-2020 State Plan

VR is looking for Public Comment on their portion of the 2016-2020 State Plan. Please click the link, read through the plan and email any comments to VRPlan@vr.fldoe.org.

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Stephen Hawking Dies at Age 76

Stephen Hawking (1942-2018) died peacefully in his home today on March 14, 2018. He was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge. 

 

In 1963, Hawking was diagnosed with a rare early-onset slow-progressing form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as motor neurone disease or Lou Gehrig's disease, that gradually paralyzed him over the decades and was given 2 years to live. Even after the loss of his speech, he was still able to communicate through a speech-generating device, initially through use of a hand-held switch, and eventually by using a single cheek muscle.

Through the use of Assistive Technology, Hawking was able to continue his work and make amazing contributions to the scientific community. He was a guiding light for young minds and a strong inspiration for others with disabilities. 

He will be missed.

Cabinet to Declare Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Cabinet to Declare Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

TALLAHASSEE, FL—Attorney General Pam Bondi will introduce a resolution at the Florida Cabinet meeting tomorrow, March 7, declaring the month of March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in Florida.

Representatives from the following organizations will be there to accept the resolution:

  • Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD)
  • Family Care Council Area 2
  • Florida Developmental Disabilities Council
  • The Arc of Florida
  • Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities
  • RESPECT of Florida
  • ABLE Trust
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Blind Services
  • Association of Support Coordination Agencies of Florida
  • Support Coordination Association of Florida
  • Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology

 

Susan Mikesh of Tallahassee will address Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet on the importance of meeting the changing needs of individuals with developmental disabilities. Mikesh, who has cerebral palsy, has worked for more than 20 years at Creative Preschool in Tallahassee. 

The...