DEVICES AND EQUIPMENT

Accessible Technology Coalition –
The AT (Accessible Technology) Coalition is a project of the Center for Accessible Technology (CforAT). CforAT is one of the oldest and most respected AT Center in the US, and our staff are known for their ability to solve complex AT issues and work with people with a wide range of disabilities, including people with multiple disabilities.

The mission of the AT Coalition is “to develop a consumer driven, grassroots program that provides people with disabilities, and those that work with them, accurate answers to their technology questions allowing them to identify appropriate solutions – particularly for those who do not have access to a local AT Center”.

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AbleData –
Welcome to AbleData! We are the premier database for unbiased, comprehensive information on products, solutions and resources to improve productivity and ease life’s tasks.

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Amazon Echo Black –

  • Plays all your music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more using just your voice
  • Fills the room with immersive, 360º omni-directional audio
  • Allows hands-free convenience with voice-control
  • Hears you from across the room with far-field voice recognition, even while music is playing
  • Answers questions, reads audiobooks and the news, reports traffic and weather, gives info on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules, and more using the Alexa Voice Service
  • Controls lights, switches, and thermostats with compatible WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Wink, Insteon, Nest, and ecobee smart home devices
  • Always getting smarter and adding new features, plus thousands of skills like Uber, Domino’s, and more

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assistivetec.net –
Assistive technology (AT) is “devices and aids which can help a person with a disability perform activities that might otherwise be difficult or not be possible.”

Our mission is to provide access to information on AT devices and services as well as other community resources for people with disabilities and the general public.

This site was created by Georgia Tech’s Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA), with funding from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), and Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA).

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ATAP – Association of Technology Assistance Programs –
My MS Manager™-
New version of My MS Manager now available for both Android and iOS devices!
Welcome to My MS Manager – MSAA’s new mobile phone application, provided free of charge to individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS) or their care partner to use on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Android mobile phone device. Developed in conjunction with @Point of Care, this first-of-its kind app for MS offers individuals a convenient and effective tool to manage the ever-changing course of the disease.

As a member of the MS community, My MS Manager allows you to:

  • Track disease activity
  • Store medical information
  • Generate charts and reports across various metrics like treatments, moods, symptoms, and more

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BrainGate –
Our research team includes leading neurologists, neuroscientists, engineers, computer scientists, neurosurgeons, mathematicians, and other researchers – all focused on developing brain-computer interface (BCI) technologies to restore the communication, mobility, and independence of people with neurologic disease, injury, or limb loss. Our research is focused not only on improving the ability to operate a computer, but also on providing people with ALS, spinal cord injury, and stroke with reliable, constant control over their environment.

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Control Bionics –
NeuroNode is the world’s first wearable EMG assistive technology device. It gives those with ALS/MND, spinal cord injury, or any other condition causing paralysis and loss of speech a connection to the world.

MSAA Cooling Vests –
Cooling Distribution Program

MSAA provides cooling vests (such as the ones pictured above) to individuals with MS who qualify for the program.

Many people with multiple sclerosis are heat sensitive. MS research has proven that heat and humidity often aggravate common MS symptoms. MS research has also proven that cooling the body can help lessen the negative effects of heat and humidity on a person with MS.

The MSAA Cooling Program offers cooling vests and accessories for adults with multiple sclerosis as well as children diagnosed with pediatric MS. Cooling vests are commonly worn over clothing and contain insulated pockets that hold small ice packs. MSAA also offers smaller products to wear under clothing as well as accessories to help cool the neck, wrists and ankles. MSAA provides these products at no charge and items are shipped directly to the client. If you have any questions, please call MSAA at (800) 532-7667 or email clientservices@mymsaa.org.

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MSAA Assistive Equipment –
Equipment Distribution Program

Some people with MS experience difficulty with balance and coordination, fine motor skills, and mobility. The MSAA Equipment Distribution Program offers clients products designed to improve safety, dignity, mobility, and independence. MSAA provides these products at no charge and ships directly to the client.

Items distributed through the program include home safety products such as shower chairs and grab bars, as well as mobility devices including canes, walkers, and wheelchairs. If you have any questions, please call MSAA at (800) 532-7667 or email clientservices@mymsaa.org.

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Mashable –

10 Ingenious Inventions for People With Disabilities. Tech companies create products with the consumer in mind, tasking a new smartphone, tablet, operating system or app, with a specific market demand.

A number of companies, as well as individual entrepreneurs, focus on people living with disabilities. They create adaptive devices to help improve their customers’ lives. Known as assistive technology, these gadgets include anything that helps a person complete everyday tasks, and they cover all ranges of complexity.
 

permobile –
The F5 Corpus VS is a durable, powerful and stable front wheel drive power wheelchair combined with the best seating system on the market
– the Corpus seat. The seating system is designed to effectively support the clinical, functional and lifestyle needs of active users.
The latest version of the Vertical Stander (VS) offers all the power seat functions of the Corpus seat plus an innovative new way of standing, allowing you to choose from two positions, Sit-to-stand or Lay-to-stand.

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Rewalk –
ReWalk is the most researched exoskeleton. The battery-powered system features a light, wearable exoskeleton with motors at the hip and knee joints. The ReWalker controls movement using subtle changes in his/her center of gravity. A forward tilt of the upper body is sensed by the system, which initiates the first step. Repeated body shifting generates a sequence of steps which mimics a functional natural gait of the legs.

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Science News for Students –
New devices coming to assist the disabled. Technologies range from motorized gloves to stair-climbing wheelchairs.

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United Spinal Association –
United Spinal Association’s Affiliate Service Providers provide the full spectrum of clinical care, products and services, with an emphasis on spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D). Search our valuable directory to discover service providers near you that specialize in optimizing the health, independence and quality of life of people with SCI/D.

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Voice Access –
The Voice Access app for Android lets you control your device with spoken commands. Use your voice to open apps, navigate, and edit text hands-free.

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