Category: Daily Living

Accessing Potential Through Assistive Technology

Gifting Guide Day 1: Smart Devices for Temperature Control

Stay the perfect temperature with these cool devices! Temperature devices are great for someone with difficulty regulating their body temperature. But why would we want them to be smart controlled? Because they can be controlled by a smart device or voice to turn on/off or adjust temperature! Multiple control options are ideal features for someone…
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Liftware Demonstration

Liftware and other items in assistive technology can be checked out on a loan basis for absolutely free for residents of Alabama from If you have tried Liftware and wish to purchase your own kit, please visit either or Liftware’s official website (

Assistive Technology at a Glance

In the “Assistive Technology at a Glance” series, STAR AT Specialist Landon McAfee takes a brief glance at various types of assistive technology, and details purchase options. To check out these items and more from the STAR AT loan library, visit

An Overview of Assistive Technology for the Aging

STAR AT specialist Landon McAfee describes the various types of assistive technology that can be used to help the aging population gain more independence. All of the items reviewed in the video are available for loan on

Applications and Resources for Community Living

The following list details applications for iOS and Android devices that are meant to enhance community living, whether it be by communication aids, social networks, or other resources useful for those that may be benefited by the use of assistive technology in the community. Next Door – free, private social network for you, your neighbors and…
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OverDrive App Demo (E-book/Audio Library)

E-book/Audiobook library app overview for individuals of all ages and abilities to access reading materials for education and enjoyment.

How to Transfer Properly Using AT

How to transfer properly for the safety and wellbeing of both caregiver and care recipient.

NantMobile Money Reader App Demonstration

NantMobile Money Reader app–great for students with visual impairment and those who struggle with money identification.

Aurasma for Independent Living

Demonstration of ways the Aurasma app can be used to teach independent living skills.

Accessible Airline Travel Tips

Shared with permission by Rooted in Rights.

Low/No Tech AT for Daily Living

Demonstration of low and no tech AT for daily living activities. All items are available for loan, free to Alabama residents, at  

Amazon Echo Demonstration

This module demonstrates the use and benefits of the Amazon Echo system for individuals of all abilities.

Chair Topper Demonstration

This module demonstrates the use and benefits of an automotive rooftop wheelchair stowage system.

Adapting Toys

Adapting toys can seem overwhelming, but anyone can adapt a toy to be switch accessible! This lesson will teach you how to solder, how to make switch ports, and how to adapt a toy. If you have any questions about this module or would like to have in-person training for this module please email  PART…
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Alternative Computer Access

This module will guide you through alternative types of computer access and different ways to control the computer. Please take note of which version of operating system (OS X El Capitan or Windows 10 for example) the resource is for as software and hardware for computers is always rapidly changing!  If you see a product…
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All About Switches

Do you have a student who needs to use a switch for access? Do you have a student that needs to progress from cause and effect to scanning? This course is designed to explain what a switch is, how it is used and to identify software that can support your switch user for use on…
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Low Tech AT

This module will provide lessons on how to create low assistive technology solutions using materials available at hardware stores, electronic stores, and Dollar Trees! Free Tools Glossary Eye Gaze Frame This lesson provides instruction on creating a PVC Eye Gaze Frame to assist in communication. Eye Gaze Frame Directions Mouse House This lesson provides information…
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Telephones and Cell Phones

This Course provides information about how assistive technology can assist in making telephones and cell phones accessible. 711 Relay A free public service for communication between standard (voice) users and persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, and speech disabled using text telephones (TTYs) or PCs via the internet.   Learn More about 711 Switch Activated…
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Spinal Cord Injuries and AT

This Course explores how assistive technology can benefit individuals with spinal cord injuries. Spinal Cord Injuries and Assistive Technology National Spinal Cord Injury Association Resources Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Resources Carlene Hall  United Cerebral Palsy’s T.A.S.C. received funding in 2010 from “Paint the Streets 5K” in memory of Carlene Hall. These funds allowed us…
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Communication Devices

This course provides information on communication devices, also known as AAC (Alternative and Augmentative Communication) and SGD (Speech Generating Devices). If you are looking for information on voice banking please check out our ALS, Voice Banking, and Speech Amplification module. Understanding AAC About Argumentative and Alternative Speech Communication AAC Newsletter Alabama Medicaid Augmentative Communication Evaluation Report- Form 480…
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AT at Home

The majority of individuals you meet want to stay at the home as opposed to nursing homes. What adaptions can you make in your home to keep someone at home for longer? This module will share links to different devices and resources for you to keep your care recipients at home for longer.  Cooking, Eating,…
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This module is designed to provide information about assistive technology related to transportation. Personal Vehicles  National Mobility Equipment Dealers Associationfile  Vendors  Griffin Mobility  Freedom Motors USA (van alternatives)file Neat Vehicles  Kengurufile Public Transportation Transportation in Alabama-by County, September 2010 Recreational Vehicles  Accessible Motorcycle-Conquest Wheelchair Motorcycle Bicycles  Accessible Bikes STAR Program Reutilization ProgramOccasionally accessible vans and…
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Cooking, Eating and Drinking

This course provides information on various AT tools that can help an individual increase their independence in cooking, eating, and drinking. AT for Self-Feeding and Cooking – a list of various items, pictures & links Our Pinterest has wonderful pictures and links to all kinds of AT in the kitchen! Please check it out! Utensils …
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Life Skills

This course provides information about learning and measuring life skills. Assessing Life Skills Casey Life Skills Assessment tool  Commercially Available Products/Resources  NRCYS-Publisher Free Websites  Everyday Life-GCF

Online Resources to Assist with Transition

This page will provide you with resources to assist with transition. Please click the links below for more information! PowerPoint: Trainsition in ALABAMA Autism & Transition  Autism Speaks: Transition Toolkit Learning Express Library If you have a library card to an Alabama Public Library, then you can access this free online resource for everything from…
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ALS, Voice Banking and Speech Amplification

Voice Banking is a process individuals who are losing their voice “bank” words and phrases by recording them using a computer. For individuals who have lost their voice, relatives or friends with similar voice qualities can be used for voice banking. Individuals with ALS benefit greatly from voice banking, but it is important to begin…
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How to Record a Webinar Using a Mac

This video teaches you how to record your own webinar on a Mac for free! This is a great way to teacher others how you solved an AT problem or teach someone how to use a program. If you have a video you created related to AT please send it to and we will…
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