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

About Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, ATP, CATIS

OTR/L with more than 35 years experience in pediatrics, school based therapy and adult rehabilitation. Masters of Science in Adaptive Education/Assistive Technology with 20 years experience in AT in education of elementary, middle school, secondary, post secondary students and work environments for adult clients. A RESNA Assistive Technology Practitioner with ACVREP CATIS credentials, AOTA Specialty Certification in Low Vision, USC Davis Executive Certificate in Home Modifications, servicing adults and students with disabilities in employment, education, and home environments. A 2020 graduate of the University of Alabama Birmingham Low Vision Certification Program.

Livescribe Echo 2 Pen is Coming!

News from Livescribe, com announced the Echo 2 pen is available for pre order at a price of $149.95.   Unavailable for more than a year, it appears it will be coming hopefully soon. It’s great news for individuals looking for … Continue reading

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Quadtools – Custom Fit American Made Adaptive Aids

Easterseals Crossroads Indata Project curates all things AT. I admire their team that scours and reviews AT with the full spectrum of disabilities in mind. A recent post featuring Quadtools.com reviews an American-Made business that customizes tools for quadriplegics. Check … Continue reading

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Voice Dream Apps – Sale!

Congratulations to Winston Chen for receiving the 2021 Apple Design Award. Well deserved for his continued development of Voice Dream Reader apps supporting persons with reading disabilities since inception in 2011. Winston through the years has developed and improved his … Continue reading

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Neo Smartpen RECO — Assistive Technology at Easter Seals Crossroads

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve written about different Neo smartpens.  In addition to a variety of smartpens, Neo also offers the Neo Smartpen RECO, which is the “world’s first intuitive voice recorder.” Further, Neo Smartpen RECO is the … Continue reading

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Optelec Compact 6 HD Video Magnifier with Speech

Handheld video magnifiers come in a variety sizes from 5-6 inch pocket size to larger magnifiers with 10–12-inch screen. This offers users devices for spot magnification using a portable device to devices that can present more enlarged print with the larger … Continue reading

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Scanmarker Air Pen – A Digital Notetaking Tool

The Scanmarker Air pen is a wireless, OCR scanning pen. With scanning lines of print, the pen completes optical character recognition and transfers it to another source. Companion software installed on a computer (Mac or Windows) or iOS or Android … Continue reading

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Web-Based Assistive Technology Continuing Education – Remote Training Opportunities for Winter 2021

If you are a therapist or assistive technology specialist, keeping up to date with new equipment, current issues regarding AT services as well as completing required continuing education for certifications requires finding online learning resources due during the COVID Pandemic. … Continue reading

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Tips, Tricks & Tech to Reduce Digital Eye Strain

Current Stay at Home mandates due to COVID 19 have resulted in a lot of stress including visual stress from extended use of digital tools used for communication, education, entertainment, shopping and completing business tasks. Our connection to many of … Continue reading

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Voice Dream Reader and Voice Dream Scanner Apps – At Home Special Bundle Price!

Voice Dream Reader app (iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad; Android) has been a long-standing favorite reading app offering text to speech and many customization settings to support individuals with a disability. As a mobile reading app, its advanced and customized settings … Continue reading

Posted in Accessibility, Adults with LD, Android, Apple Watch, Apps for Special Needs, Assistive Technology, COVID 19, Customizable app, Dyslexia, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Learning Disability, OCR, Reading, Scanning, Text to Speech, Universal Design | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Cleaning Your Assistive Technology Devices — Assistive Technology at Easter Seals Crossroads

The folks at Easterseals Crossroads provide additional recommendations for sanitizing frequently used AT devices for individuals with disabilities. Great cleaning suggestions including devices are provided in the following blog post. Cleaning is more important now than ever before as we … Continue reading

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