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B-1228, Solutions for Living: Innovative Devices for Continued Independence

B-1228, Solutions for Living: Innovative Devices for Continued Independence

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An estimated 54 million Americans have some level of disability about 21 percent of the total population. More than 50 percent of those disabled Americans are in their working years, from 18-64. In the last U.S. Census, 77,000 Wyoming citizens, or 17.1 percent of the states population, self-reported some type of disability. Today, individuals with disability can turn to assistive technology (AT) for help in continuing to perform basic tasks independently. This independence may be all it takes to help the individual in a work and/or home setting. AT is defined as any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, customized, or homemade, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. AT devices may be inexpensive and used for a specific task, such as taking medication, or they may be cutting-edge devices that can be used in a variety of settings.
An estimated 54 million Americans have some level of disability about 21 percent of the total population. More than 50 percent of those disabled Americans are in their working years, from 18-64. In the last U.S. Census, 77,000 Wyoming citizens, or 17.1 percent of the states population, self-reported some type of disability. Today, individuals with disability can turn to assistive technology (AT) for help in continuing to perform basic tasks independently. This independence may be all it takes to help the individual in a work and/or home setting. AT is defined as any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, customized, or homemade, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. AT devices may be inexpensive and used for a specific task, such as taking medication, or they may be cutting-edge devices that can be used in a variety of settings.

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Everyday tools for ranchers and farmers
 
Cooperative Extension Service
B-1228
 
August 2011
Randolph Weigel
Project Director – Wyoming AgrAbilityUniversity of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service
Mary Fick Monteith
Assistive Technology SpecialistWATR (WIND Assistive Technology Resources)
SOLUTIONS
FOR
LIVING
Innovative Devices for Continued Independence
 
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An estimated 54 million Americans have somelevel of disability–about 21 percent of the totalpopulation. More than 50 percent of those dis-abled Americans are in their working years, from18-64. In the last U.S. Census, 77,000 Wyomingcitizens, or 17.1 percent of the state’s population,self-reported some type of disability.Today, individuals with disability can turn toassistive technology (AT) for help in continuing toperform basic tasks independently. This indepen-dence may be all it takes to help the individual
in a work and/or home setting. AT is dened as
any item, piece of equipment, or product sys-tem, whether acquired commercially off the shelf,
modied, customized, or homemade, that is used
to increase, maintain, or improve the functionalcapabilities of individuals with disabilities. AT de-
vices may be inexpensive and used for a specic
task, such as taking medication, or they may becutting-edge devices that can be used in a varietyof settings.
Purpose of this document:
To show examples of innovative devices orsolutions that can help an individual with everydaytasks reduce the likelihood of injury and maintainindependence. The document is arranged in thefollowing categories:
•Communicationsolutions•Hearingsolutions•Visionsolutions•Cognitivesolutions•Medicalsolutions
Using the document:
Items listed are only examples of the manysolutions that can be used. All products were
identied through an Internet search. Many of the
products came from these sites:
•
 AbleData
•
 AbleLink 
•ActiveForever
•IndependentLivingAids
MaxiAids
Innovative Devices for Continued Independence
Solutions for Living:
Other items came from the brand or tradename of the product. To locate these products,place the brand name, trade name, or product de-scription in an Internet search engine. Those de-
vices identied with an asterisk (*) are housed in
the WIND Assistive Technology Resources (WATR)at the University of Wyoming. For more informa-tion about a particular device or to learn about thedevice loan center, contact:
WINDAssistiveTechnologyResources(WATR)
Email:watr@uwyo.eduPhone: (307)766-6187TTY: (307) 766-2720Toll-free: 1 (888) 989-9463www.uwyo.edu/wind/watr
Limits to this document:
New AT products come out daily, and old prod-ucts are discontinued. This document is as currentas the day all images were downloaded. It is notintended to be an all-inclusive list.Due to the dynamic nature of the World Wide
Web, Internet sources may sometimes be difcultto nd. Addresses change and pages can disap
-
pear over time. If you nd problems with any of
the listed websites or products in the publication,please contact Wyoming AgrAbility. Contact infor-mation is on the back cover of this publication.
Acknowledgement:
•SolutionsforEasierLivingLocatedinYourNeighborhood 
by Therese Willkomm of theUniversity of New Hampshire Institute on Dis-ability.http://www.iodbookstore.org/products/Solu-tions-for-Easier-Living-Located-in-Your-Neigh-borhood.html
•SolutionsforLiving:EverydayToolsforRanch
-
ersandFarmers
B-1184 University of Wyo-ming Cooperative Extension Service.http://www.uwyo.edu/ces/Publications/index.htmlMany additional products and solutions arecontained in these documents, which can be or-dered online.
 
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Available from WIND Assistive Technology Resources at the University of Wyoming.
Communication solutions
improve ability to communicate
 
 
provide a means to communicate
 
 
expand communication options
TheLingraphica
 
*
A sophisticated augmentative communicationdevice that provides an extensive vocabulary oficons that can be combined to create personalizedphrases and simple sentences.
VoiceActivatedPhoneSystem
Allows individu-als with limitedmobility to dialand answer thephone hands-free by usingtheir voices.
CyranoCommunicator
 
*
A portable communica-tion tool allows peoplewho have lost the abilityto speak to communicatethrough simple picturesand symbols and alsothrough text and pre-stored phrases.
Say-it!SAMCommunicator
 
*
An Augmenta-tive AlternativeCommunicationdevice that usesword predic-tion software tomake it easer togenerate com-munication–itremembers thewords you useoften.
CheapTalk8Advanced6-LevelCommunicator
A communicationdevice that canspeak and turnon home appli-ances.
GoTalk20+
 
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A durable picturecommunicator de-vice with a 100–message capacity.

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