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.

Handwriting for Heroes – Learn to Write with Your Non-dominant Hand

Loosing hand dominancy after injury or a medical condition is a daunting task after years of developing manipulative skills of one’s preferred hand. A recent assessment of a vocational rehabilitation client in her late twenties who sustained a spinal stroke … Continue reading

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Call Scotland – Android Apps for Learners with Dyslexia / Reading and Writing Difficulties

  CALL Scotland, a service of the University of Edinburgh shares information and resources on assistive technology. They produce wonderful visual app wheels of apps and tools to support individuals with disabilities. They are a quick glance of tools or apps categorized within separate subcategories in their app … Continue reading

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Livescribe Echo Pen Sound Stickers

The Livescribe Pens have been around since about 2010 offering a ink pen that scans what you write and records audio. It uses Livescribe’s specialized dot matrix note paper to synchronize the audio recorded with the handwriting notes you are … Continue reading

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New Emoji to Feature People with Disabilities — Assistive Technology at Easter Seals Crossroads

Easter Seals Crossroads shares the new Emoji’s  that will feature people with disabilities that Apple is proposing! There will be twelve new emoji released later on this year depicting the experiences of people with disabilities. The Unicode Consortium released 59 new … Continue reading

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Echo Show Accessibility Features — Assistive Technology at Easter Seals Crossroads

I received an Amazon Echo Show as a gift for Christmas and I love it! I set it up in my kitchen so recipes, news, music, and so much more are easily accessible. If you’re unfamiliar with the Echo Show, … Continue reading

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Technology for Sound Sensitivity

Sensitivity to sound, often referred to as auditory defensiveness or hyperacusis, can be a socially isolating condition hindering social participation for many of our clients or students. The Friendship Circle identifies different types of noise sensitivities as described in the … Continue reading

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OrCam MyEye 2.0 – “A Game Changer”

A recent AT assessment with a client with low vision explored both computer based and handheld magnification tools as well as text to speech tools that would help her access print required of her online classes. Reading hard copy print (textbooks) is also … Continue reading

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