Assistive Technologies

Assistive technology or adaptive technology (AT) is an umbrella term that includes assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities and also includes the process used in selecting, locating, and using them. AT promotes greater independence by enabling people to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to accomplish, or had great difficulty accomplishing, by providing enhancements to, or changing methods of interacting with, the technology needed to accomplish such tasks. (Wikipedia)

A wide range of assistive technologies are available to people with hearing and vision loss. To read posts on this topic, please check the assistive technologies page in this blog. To find specific AT products or to see what’s available, visit Assistech.com

Below are some examples of assistive devices that help promote greater independence for individuals who are deaf and/or blind. Also included are some items for the hard of hearing and partially sighted. Click the picture for specific product information.

Hearing-Related Assistive Technologies

Captel 840iThe CapTel 840i are captioned phones that display captions of the phone conversation in real time. They both require a high-speed Internet connection and a regular phone line. Call captioning technology presents some advantages over TTYs. Learn more…

The SB1000ss is one of the many vibrating clocks on the market for those who are deaf, hard of SB1000ss alarm clockhearing, or simply deep sleepers. It comes with a bed shaker that you can place under your pillow or mattress. A nice added feature is that it will let you plug in a lamp for additional notification. The SB1000ss is compatible with all remote signalers from Sonic Alert.
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AlertMaster AL10The AlertMaster AL10 provides instant notification of sounds in your home, whether it’s baby crying, the phone or doorbell ringing, or the beeping of your microwave. The AL10 is compatible with other signalers from Clarity, including a personal vibrating pager and/or as many remote receivers as needed for a wider coverage area. A versatile alert system, the AL10 notifies the user by flashing light indicators on its panel, a bed vibrator (included) and an external flashing lamp (not included). Learn more…

713LS smoke detectorSmoke Detectors with a loud horn and a strobe make it a welcome addition to the home of a deaf or hearing impaired person. Some models (such as the Gentex 710LS, 7109Ls, 713LS and 7139LS) are totally portable, all you have to do is plug them in. The 710 series has a continuous alarm whereas the 713 series has a T3 alarm. A T3 (or temporal 3) smoke alarm notifies with three beeps, a pause, and then repeats the pattern. Silent Call offers a strobe smoke detector that includes a bed shaker for additional notification. They also make a vibrating wrist watch called Silent Touch, which works as a receiver for their line of Signature Series transmitters, covering a wide range of sounds in the house. In addition to smoke detectors, there are fire alarms that work in conjunction with existing smoke detectors. Learn more about smoke detectors…


Vibralite 3
The Vibralite 3 is a double-alarm vibrating watch that gives you the option to be alerted through sound, vibration or both. It has an auto reset countdown timer and is available in different styles, including leather band, stainless steel band, and velcro band. Also available are the Vibralite 8 (with 8 alarms) and the Vibralite 12 (with 12 alarms). More about vibrating watches…

For a complete listing of products for the deaf and the hard of hearing, please go to http://assistech.com/products-for-deaf-and-hearing-impaired.htm

Vision-Related Assistive Technologies

A wide range of adaptive technologies are available to people who are legally blind or partially sighted. They range from magnifiers and large button phones to mobility canes, Braille watches and all kinds of talking devices. I’d like to share some with you:

Vocally Phone DialerThe Able Phone and the Vocally Phone Dialer help the blind make phone calls by voice-dialing the numbers. The user must record people’s names with his/her own voice. Once the names and numbers are stored in the memory, you simply pick up your phone handset and say the name of the person you want to call. A voice dialer is not a phone, it’s a device (similar to an answering machine) that’s connected between your standard phone and the wall jack. It does not work with cell phones. Learn more…

BDP400 telephoneBesides voice-activated dialers, there are phones with talking features that are very helpful to people who are blind or visually impaired. These include a talking caller ID that announces the incoming call and a talking dialpad that voices each number dialed (e.g. one, five, two, zero, eight, etc). To learn more check out these talking telephones or consult our product wizard.

TADI voice organizerTalking products are perhaps the most popular items with the blind by allowing them to become more independent in their daily activities. There’s a wide range of talking products on the market including: talking watches, talking clocks, talking calculators, talking pedometers, talking scales, talking money identifier, and talking blood glucose monitors, to name a few. The TADI Voice Organizer is an all-in-one unit that combines several talking functionalities including the ability to voice-dial. Learn more about talking products…

Voila voice label readerVoila Voice Label Reader: VoiLa is a voice output bar code reader labeling system that consists of reusable labels that can be attached to objects, and a pen-shaped device with a sapphire lens or eye that reads the labels and plays back your pre-recorded messages unique to each code, identifying the item for you in your own voice. From medicine and vitamin bottles to canned food, from CDs and DVD’s to clothing, and everything in between – label everything and see how much easier daily living can be. More…

SmartView video magnifierThe i-loview magnifier features a 4.3-inch screen with unmatched image clarity, 12 zoom levels up to 32x, and stability while scrolling. The package includes: i-loview magnifier, user guide, carrying case, cleaning cloth, power cord with AC adapter, and a 2GB SD card for saving pictures. A TV out cable is also included, which allows you to plug in i-loview to a TV or CCTV for an enhanced viewing experience. Learn more…

Jaws for WindowsDid you ever wonder how a blind person navigates the Internet? There are computer applications called screen readers (with Jaws being the most popular) that will read aloud to them everything it comes across on the computer screen. This includes text, images, online forms and everything in between. In order for screen readers to work adequately for a blind person, the web page must have certain HTML codes embedded in them, such as the ALT tag for images. Some versions of Windows include a standard screen reader.

For a complete listing of products for the blind and partially sighted, please go to assistech dot com forward slash store vision

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