Category: General AT

Accessing Potential Through Assistive Technology

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Gifting Guide Day 4: Banking on Gift Cards

Having a disability can be expensive! There are products and services that people with disabilities either spend a lot of money on throughout the year OR wish they could. Gift cards can be a welcome gift to help all year! Transportation There are a variety of reasons someone may not be able to drive their…
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Gifting Guide Day 3: Tools To Make DIY Easier

Your favorite DIYer needs these tools! DIY can be fun but super tedious if you’re battling certain limitations. The “tools” for a successful project are endless so here are just a few options that come to mind. Drill Guide A drill guide can help if it’s difficult to keep the drill upright or in place.…
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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

Top iPad Applications for Autism

There are many applications available that assist with the daily challenges that may arise from an autism diagnosis. These range from communication apps to behavior management apps, and more! For more information on autism and to see what resources are available in the Tennessee valley, visit: Soundingboard –… SmallTalk Pain Scale –… My…
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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

New Accessibility Features in Android 8.0 Oreo

Android Oreo is the latest version of Android available and is currently supported by the following devices: Google Pixel series Google Nexus series The OnePlus, Asus Zenfone, Lenovo’s K8 Note, LG G6, and Samsung devices will gain support in the coming months.   The accessibility shortcut, how to turn on: Open the Settings app Open Accessibility,…
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New Accessibility Features in iOS 11

iOS 11 is the latest version of Apple’s iOS. It is currently supported on the following devices: iPhone 5S, 6, 6 Plus, 6S and 6S Plus, SE, 7 and 7 Plus, 8 and 8 Plus, and the new iPhone X iPad Air, Air 2, and 5th-gen iPad iPad Mini 2, 3, and 4 iPad Pro 6th-gen…
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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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AAC Awareness: Communication Apps Overview

October is AAC Awareness month! Augmentative and alternative communication methods are valuable assets for individuals with speech impairments and many chronic illnesses that may impact the voice or the muscles involved with speech. STAR Training offers multiple speech/communication devices for loan. To view our entire inventory, see our loan library at

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  

Boeing Webinars

The following webinars are sponsored by Boeing. New webinars will be added as they are created. Check back for new videos!  The Benefits and Challenges of Technology  This webinar will talk about appropriate use of technology for children and how to balance out the benefits and challenges of technology in young children’s lives. 

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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Respite Helping Those Who Care

This module is for those looking to receive Respite. To receive Respite follow the list below: Complete and submit the Pre-Test  follow the link to the pre-test and then hit “submit” when you have completed it Watch the Helping Those Who Care video and participate in the brainstorm activities  Complete and submit the Post- Test  follow…
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STAR Newsletters

Here you can read up on our past STAR newsletters. Each newsletter focuses on a different type of AT and is packed with links and information about where you can find out more. If you are interested in signing up for our monthly STAR newsletter please click here 2016 January AT and Google February  Fall in…
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Employment & AT Resources

This module will provide information on how assistive technology can empower individuals with disabilities who may be searching for employment or trying to maintain employment. Please click the following links for more information! Campaign for Disability Employment  Vocational Rehabilitation Services include: Vocational assessment Evaluation and counseling Job training Assistive Technology Orientation and mobility training Job…
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AT Laws

These lessons will provide information about the laws that are in place to help ensure Assistive Technology tools and services are available to individuals with disabilities. Assistive_Technology_Laws Downloadable Powerpoint Provided by the Center for Technology and Disability Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Public Law 110-325 Access to employment, public services, public accommodations, and telecommunication  U.S. Department…
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AT Resources in Alabama

This course provides information on resources available throughout the state of Alabama to assist in obtaining Assistive Technology. Please click the links for more information! STAR’s Reutilization Program Centers & Inventory List STAR’s Alternative Finance Program About the Program & Frequently Asked Questions Conferences in Alabama  ALATEC (Alabama Assistive Technology Conference & Expo) at Auburn University…
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AT Assessment

This course provides information related to various options for AT assessments. Please click the links below for more information.  Assessing Student’s Needs for Assistive Technology (ASNAT)This is a free resource is available through Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative (WATI). The assessment is very thorough with key areas to consider for assistive technology.  ASNAT from WATI SETT…
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