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.

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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Fun with Math Apps — Tech it Issie

At the Beit Issie Shapiro School for Special Education, we are always looking for new ways to make the concepts and practice of math more relevant and engaging. Once a week, the occupational therapists and the teachers work together to … Continue reading

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Otter AI – Recording and Transcription Service & App

Note taking is a frequent concern of students transitioning to post secondary education. Keeping pace with lectures delivered at a fast pace, spelling, processing information and writing notes simultaneously are just a few of the barriers for students and professionals. … Continue reading

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