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|Volume 20, No. 1 – Winter 2012||
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Technical Innovations and Independence: Living Comfortably, Independently and Safely at Home
Technology touches virtually all areas of our lives. And because the cost of many technologies has come down quite significantly, wonderful options are now affordable.
The AT Bargain Basement
Hello, True Believers, and welcome to the AT Bargain Basement! This is the home of the assistive technology, or AT, bargain. I am your master of ceremonies for this AT garden party, Marvin Williams. If you’re old hat to the Bargain Basement, welcome back! If you’re new, let me explain how this works. I bring you various AT devices that your fellow Bargain Basement dwellers and I find for $100 or less. Some of the bargains will be in local stores and some may only be available online. If the item is available online, note that there may be shipping charges lurking in the shadows! If you share a bargain with me, I will gladly give you credit when sharing that bargain with the group. If you share winning lottery numbers with me, however, I will not be so kind. So without further ado, let’s get to the bargains!
A Reminder from a Conversation – SETT and Sliced Bread
Yesterday I had an interesting conversation with a Child Study Team case manager. A student on her caseload experienced a traumatic brain injury several years ago and has difficulty with both reading and written expression. Overall, the student’s academic abilities are on a kindergarten/first grade level and she reads on a pre–primer level.
The Center for Disabilities Studies – Home to the Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative
As you may know, the Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative (DATI) is part of the Center for Disabilities Studies (CDS) at the University of Delaware. CDS is also home to many other programs that support the well–being, inclusion and empowerment of people with disabilities and their families. The mission of CDS is to enhance the lives of individuals and families through education, prevention, service and research related to disabilities. The Center promotes independence and productivity so individuals and families can fully participate in the life of their communities in Delaware and beyond.
Homegrown in Delaware
Through a partnership with the University of Delaware’s Center for Disabilities Studies (CDS) and its Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative (DATI), Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County (Goodwill) has launched a project to provide access to gently–used durable medical equipment (DME) for Delaware residents with disabilities who might not otherwise be able to acquire such equipment.