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Assistive Technology and Tools

Devices that Help People With Disabilities

While many of the devices used by people with disabilities today are advanced, digital or modern, assistive technology has been around for thousands of years! The oldest AT device discovered is “The Cairo Toe”, a carved wooden toe found on the foot of a mummy in 2000 in a tomb near the ancient city of Thebes. Some scientists and archaeologists have speculated that the 50- to 60-year-old woman the prosthesis came from may have lost her toe due to complications from diabetes. (Click here to read more.) Ingenuity is one of the greatest traits we as humans possess, and as they say, “Necessity is the mother of invention”! Inclusion and accessibility are necessities for all of us, so it’s no wonder that we continue to advance in the realm of assistive technology.

 

Here at NWGA Center for Independent Living we have partnered with Tools for Life (TFL) to bring our community a wide variety of assistive devices for demonstration at our center. We have over 20 assistive devices to fit a variety of needs and disabilities. Our staff is trained with the use of these items, and we are able to demonstrate how to use them to our consumers and their caregivers. While we do not loan or give out any of these AT devices, we are more than happy to educate you on how to use them, discuss approximate pricing and point you in the right direction to acquire these items.

Please use the menu above to navigate through this section of our site. You will find a page with pictures, names and descriptions of our AT device inventory, as well as a page suggesting mobile device applications for accessibility, assistance and enrichment.

If you have any questions or would like a demonstration of any of our AT devices, please contact Kathy Baker at 706-314-0008 or at kbaker@nwgacil.org.

Adaptive Cutting Board
Adaptive Cutting Board

Plastic cutting board that has prongs to hold food for slicing and a vise to hold a variety of items for one-handed operation. Can be used to hold mixing bowls for stirring, opening boxes or jars, or for slicing or grating food. Four suction feet secure board to work surface.

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AT Mount Kit
AT Mount Kit

Assistive technology starter kit offers all the common parts used in the AT Field giving you the flexibility and option to create hundreds of different configurations immediately. This kit contains clamps, various sized hoses and links, as well as different size mounting plates used to affix devices such as phones, tablets, screens, communicator boards, etc.

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Dressing Stick
Dressing Stick

The dressing stick is a dressing aid for putting on and taking off clothing, and is suitable for individuals who have difficulty bending, limited range of movement, or use of just one arm or hand. The stick has a plastic-coated, combination hook/pusher to assist in putting on shirts and jackets, pulling up slacks or skirts, or removing socks, and a small hook on its opposite end for pulling zippers and shoelace loops.

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Elastic Shoe Laces
Elastic Shoe Laces

Extra-long black and white shoe laces made with elastic that assist in lacing shoes for individuals who have foot swelling, or who have difficulties bending over to lace and tie shoes.

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Freedom Dinnerware
Freedom Dinnerware

Freedom dinnerware with suction pad bases are adapted plates and bowls with a vacuum base that prevents the plate from moving. Individuals can now feed themselves with no danger of the dinnerware moving or slipping. The dinnerware can be washed in a dishwasher (top shelf), while the non-skid, no spill vacuum pad can be simply washed and dried by hand. The dinnerware can be microwaved, but the base cannot.

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Full Page Magnifier
Full Page Magnifier

The full page magnifier is a standard-sheet sized plastic magnifier used to enlarge text and pictures on a page. Hold the magnifier over the object you are trying to read.

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Go Talk 9
Go Talk 9

The GoTalk 9+, a lightweight and portable communication tool, includes nine minutes of recording memory with a 45 message capacity. Use five recording levels and three core message keys that remain constant – great for “hello” or “all done”.

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Google 7 Nexus Tablet
Google 7 Nexus Tablet

7 inch tablet device running Android systems and optimized for Google. This tablet has several on-board Accessibility options such as a screen-reader, text enlargement, etc.

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Liftware Spoon
Liftware Spoon

The Liftware starter kit includes the stabilizing handle and the soup spoon attachment. The stabilizing handle includes built-in sensors, a computer, and motors that help to sense and counteract hand tremors. The soup spoon attachment connects to the stabilizing handle to pick up food such as soups, cereals and other liquids. The soup spoon attachment holds about 1 tablespoon (15mL) of liquid.

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