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Are you thinking about creating an Assistive Technology (AT) device? Consider familiarizing yourself with intellectual property rights and the patent process before developing your marketing plan. A patent is a legal protection that grants its holder “the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale or selling” the invention. The...

A FitBit can be a helpful piece of assistive technology (AT) equipment for myriad health-related needs. One of AbleData's Information Specialists, Marleen Gonzales, recently purchased a FitBit to help her monitor her sleeping habits. Co-Information Specialist, Elizabeth Lee, interviewed Marleen on the benefits she's experienced with her recent purchase.

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Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP), sometimes called speech therapists, play a key role in developing and maintaining an individual’s communication, cognition and independence. To understand the role of speech therapy, its use of assistive technology (AT), mobile devices, and future trends AbleData’s subject matter expert, Stephanie Mensh, interviewed Joan Green, M.A. CCC-SLP, a nationally-...

Physical therapists (PT) play a key role in maintaining an individual’s mobility and physical independence. To understand the role of physical therapy, its use of assistive technology (AT), including robotic devices and future trends, AbleData’s subject matter expert, Stephanie Mensh, interviewed Susan Ryerson, PT, DSc, a nationally-recognized clinician and research scientist at...

Nationally and at the state level, Associations of Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) help seniors and adults with disabilities lead lives with dignity and choice in their homes and communities for as long as they can. But, how do AAAs accomplish this goal? Lesley Nesmith, AbleData’s Assistive Technology Specialist interviewed Sherri Smail from Iowa’s Association of Area Agencies on Aging (i4a) to...

It turns out special education isn't just for special education students. And, it seems there's an app for almost everything and everyone. When Kim Janssen talks about how Attleboro schools use technology to teach students with disabilities, for example, she refers to something called "universal design."...

Open source software (OSS) positively impacts many large industries from healthcare to education—these effects are now being felt at the individual level as well. The speed of delivery and cost efficiency of OSS enables developers to provide multi-use, flexible and readily available software as opposed to proprietary options. OSS allows software developers to create assistive technologies...

The Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 ("CVAA") requires video game equipment, software and related services to be accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities. Read the full article.

Buying a new vehicle can be exciting, yet challenging – especially if you are buying your first conversion vehicle for yourself or a loved one with a mobility disability. Where do you start? AbleData’s Assistive Technology Specialist, Lesley Nesmith, spoke with Shelley Clark, a representative from a reputable mobility center, ...

On Tuesday, Google Inc published a blog post introducing the company's latest initiative — the Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities.

Through this program, the company has promised to help fund the development of assistive technology that will give disabled people independence and a better quality of life. The program will fund nonprofits working to help disabled communities using $20...

Paralyzed from the neck down after suffering a gunshot wound when he was 21, Erik Sorto now can move a robotic arm just by thinking about it.

Through a clinical collaboration among the California Institute of Technology, Keck Medicine of USC and Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, Sorto at 34 is the first person to have a neural prosthetic device implanted in a region of...

Technology could be the key to help people improve and maintain positive mental health according to researchers at the University of Sheffield. Every year one in...

The NYU Ability Lab, in cooperation with AT&T, launched the NYU Connect Ability challenge which asks participants to create or refine existing technology to offer user-friendly modes of communication for people with disabilities. Apps, wearables and creative devices are just some of the innovations participants can come up with to meet the needs of the challenge....

April is Occupational Therapy Month. In celebration, Elizabeth Lee, Information Specialist at AbleData, interviewed Lesley Nesmith, a prominent, well-esteemed occupational therapist (OT) in the Washington D.C. area, and a highly valued Assistive Technology Specialist at AbleData. Together, they delved into the field of occupational therapy, uncovering what it is, what it has to offer and how...

Falls Church, VA (April 15, 2015) – AbleData has recently added two new features to the website to improve customer experience. Visitors can now share AbleData news, blogs and publications on social media or through email with the click of a button. Customers can also rate individual products with an easy to use thumbs up or thumbs down function.

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Jacoti bvba announced today the US release of Jacoti ListenApp, the first FDA registered and CE certified medical device hearing aid application for smartphones. Indicated for mild to moderate hearing loss, ListenApp precisely adjusts the sound of an iOS device to the user's audiogram, transforming the device into a sophisticated, flexible and very affordable hearing instrument with extremely...

Betsy Tewey, Vice President, New Editions Consulting, Inc.

New Editions is pleased to launch the new AbleData website with improved usability and accessibility and a more current technology platform. We are privileged to be the latest in a long line of innovative and dedicated professionals providing...

Falls Church, VA (March 13, 2015) — AbleData - the premier database for unbiased, comprehensive information on over 43,000 products, solutions and resources to improve productivity and ease life’s tasks - is pleased to announce the release of our new website (www.abledata.com). Redesigned based on customer...

What if putting on a raincoat was difficult? What if attending a formal event meant wearing clothing that limited one’s independence? From dress codes to inclement weather, the lack of adaptive clothing can affect the lives of individuals with disabilities in unexpected ways.

After the amputation of her leg, Barbara Harrison expected that “clothes [would] have been the easy part,” she...

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