Author Archives: Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, AdEd, OTR/L, ATP

About Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, AdEd, OTR/L, ATP

OTR/L with 30 years experience in pediatrics, school based therapy and adult rehabilitation. Masters of Science in Adaptive Education/Assistive Technology with 15 years experience in AT in education of elementary, middle school, secondary and post secondary students. Experience with adults with disabilities in employment and work transition.

Alexa, “What am I Holding?” – Amazon Show and Tell Feature

Alexa’s skills as offered in the Amazon Show or Echo devices continue to expand offering more and more including universal design services for the general public and individuals with disabilities. A recent email sharing “What’s New with Alexa?” featured the … Continue reading

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12 Favorite PC Shortkeys — Ask a Tech Teacher

Keyboard shortcuts are a fast and efficient way to get things done on your computer. Most of us are visual learners and use our mouse for these tasks but once you learn these shortcuts, they can help you get things … Continue reading

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Assistive Technology for Kids who Experienced Trauma — Michigan Assistive Technology (AT) Program Blog

By Aimee Sterk, LMSW, MATP Staff I’m working on a trauma certificate and recently attended a symposium on Somatic Experience therapy for children who have experienced trauma. The presenter, Maggie Kline, LMFT, explained that for young children (birth to 18 … Continue reading

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Portable Reading Tool Options, Smartphone or Handheld Device – What’s Your Pick?

A variety of portable reading tools are available with fairly good recognition and improved text to speech voices for quick access to print using text to speech.  While many individuals rely on their smartphones for accessing print with text to … Continue reading

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The NEBO EYE shared by Assistive Technology at Easter Seals Crossroads

The folks at Easter Seals Crossroads shares another low tech AT tool for low vision clients or children as well as for older adults. Both low vision clients typically benefit from the right type of task lighting. Older adults over … Continue reading

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Visual or Vibrating Alert Devices — AT3 Center News & Tips

Ten gadgets to help you stay safe, on time, and informed with a hearing impairment via Visual or Vibrating Alert Devices — AT3 Center News & Tips Great list of suggested devices for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. … Continue reading

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ATU422 – Morphic with Gregg Vanderheiden — Assistive Technology at Easter Seals Crossroads

Thanks to Assistive Technology at Easter Seals Crossroads for sharing information on Morphic in their regular blog posts. Morphic is a universal design for access in development for 10 year and is now coming to fruition! Truly a universal design … Continue reading

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