Assistive Listening Devices For Hearing Loss People — Hearing Loss and Solution

For young and elderly clients, hearing may be a barrier in your OT practice. There are so many types of Assistive Listening Devices (ALD)  available today for individuals with hearing loss, it is important to be somewhat familiar and also refer clients to a hearing specialist if a barrier exists. Here is a short overview of some ALD’s or assistive technology for hearing loss.

Assistive Devices:- Assistive devices or Assistive technology are used by the hearing loss or language disorder people to communicate. These devices help a person to hear and understand what is being said more clearly or to express thoughts more easily. With the development of digital and wireless technologies, many of the devices are becoming available […]

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Thanks to Hearing Loss and Solution for sharing this information.

Carol –   OT’s with Apps

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Object Recognition Apps Feature Match Matrix

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Object Recognition Apps

It’s an exciting time as recognition apps for both print and objects advance and become more accurate and thus usable. With the evolution of object recognition along with artificial intelligence (AI), more and more object and AI apps are now available for mobile devices. With advancements of computer vision and artificial intelligence (The Hien, 2017), object recognition apps become available to individuals with disabilities as well as the general market. Object recognition of labels, posters, facial recognition, text, environmental information, and images are now available and have become more and more accurate. Availability of such apps support individuals with visual impairments but also provides not only text information but also object information  to individuals with learning and intellectual disabilities.  Access to two dimensional print using both object recognition and optical character recognition and three dimensional object recognition become possible with these technologies.

Recent AT evaluations of individuals with significant learning and intellectual disabilities requiring access to information in employment has required re-exploring available apps to determine what apps are available. With the individual needs for each client and their work tasks, reviewing available apps using a feature match appeared to be the most systematic way to explore current options.

While there may indeed be additional apps omitted in my app feature match review, the primary focus of my app selections were to identify apps suited to individuals with intellectual disability, requiring minimal set up, login or problem solving required. Easy access, accuracy and dependability were the primary features desired. A caveat to providing this review includes an understanding that if use of object identification may not always be accurate, thus it should not be used in situations where safety may be at risk with it use.

The Object Recognition App Feature Match reviews the following object recognition apps, selected to determine features, device compatibility and requirements of the selected apps:

  • Seeing AI app
  • Third Eye
  • Be My Eyes
  • EyeSpy app
  • iDentifi app
  • TapTap See app
  • CamFind app
  • Look Tel Recognizer app
  • Digit Eyes app
  • VizWiz app

Link to Object Recognition App Feature Match document.

Apps not reviewed include Talking Goggles due to it crashing or poor recognition and Aipoly app ( Android, iOS) due to its 4.99 monthly subscription required with free trial.

What object recognition apps have you used? How have you applied them to your client’s needs?

More for your OT eTool Kit!

Carol, from OT’s with Apps

References:

The Hein, Dang Ha (2017), The Modern History of Object Recognition – Infographic, retrieved on 11/23/2017: https://medium.com/@nikasa1889/the-modern-history-of-object-recognition-infographic-aea18517c318

 

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Call Scotland New & Revised Apps Wheel

Call Scotland has curated apps using a clever apps wheel display for several years. Here is their 6th version of the iPad Apps for Learners with Dyslexia / Reading and Writing Difficulties. Their app wheel has those tried and true apps for individuals a learning disability. I’m sure you’ll find your favorite apps, as well as a few new ones.

Here is an image of the app wheel:

You can download the document here: http://www.callscotland.org.uk/downloads/posters-and-leaflets/ipad-apps-for-learners-with-dyslexia/

What are your favorite apps that support individuals with a learning disability? I might consider adding a dictionary app category.

H/T to Call Scotland for their diligence in staying abreast of the best of thousands of apps to chose from (daunting job!).

Carol – OT’s with Apps and Technology

 

 

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Connect 12 electronic magnifier (new generation) — The Assistive Technology Daily

The Connect 12 Magnifier from Humanware offers a portable tablet with accessories for close and distance magnification. AT Daily shares this new digital magnifier.

Connect 12 Lightweight, sturdy and extremely portable1 12-inch full HD touchscreen Live HD magnification from 1-24x with intelligent LED illumination Capture/save single or multiple pages providing accurate OCR with magnification of 1- 80xOption to use speech to relieve reading fatigue 3 efficient reading modes: full page, column and line modes …

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Carol from OT’s with Apps and Technology

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Keyboarding Skill Development Standards

Molly Shannon, OTR shares a general Keyboarding Standards By Grade from MissJaimeOT, a great visual of expectations of keyboarding.

When considering pre-typing standards,  Keyboarding Without Tears™ also provides in depth standards for early keyboarding skills : Standards for the Production and Presentation of Writing  in their Resources.

H/T to Molly Shannon and MissJaimeOT for their shares of keyboarding standards.

Link

via From Miss JAIME: Great information and keyboarding standards per grade level included. “Keyboarding Skills – Ages and Stages of Learning to Type” — AT and OT: Assistive Technology for OTs

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Google Glass 2.0 Is a Startling Second Act | WIRED — The Assistive Technology Daily

Yes, that’s Google Glass on her frames. But she’s not using it to check her Facebook, dictate messages, or capture a no-hands video while riding a roller coaster. Erickson is a 30-year-old factory worker in rural Jackson, Minnesota. For her, Glass is not a hip way to hang apps in front of her eyeballs, but…

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H/T to The Assistive Technology Daily, for curating all things AT!

Carol

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ZooMe Power Travel Scooter

 

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ZooMe Auto Folding Scooter

When evaluating vocational rehab clients, all flavors of disability and workplace barriers can present themselves. Clients with MS or Guillian Barre can present  fine motor, visual or mobility challenges in their vocational tasks, requiring solutions to maintain their employment. Frequently, distance mobility challenges are present due to sensory,  motor impairment or fatigue. As an OT, the functional mobility challenges can be identified, however, referral  for  PT evaluation is typical to determine their mobility needs and identify solutions.

 

As an OT and ATP Professional working with vocational rehabilitation clients, making recommendations of tools that will support their employment goals is required. Familiarity with AT and adaptive equipment is needed, however seating and mobility remain a specialized area of AT. As aforementioned, referral to a specialist for determination and typically funding is necessary. General information about options is helpful as fatigue with distance ambulation can be a barrier. Students, instructors or employees presented with walking distances and conserving energy is important in their occupation.

A new category of power mobility devices appear to be emerging with folding travel scooters among them. ZooMe Auto Flex Folding Travel Scooter is one such power scooter weighing  55 pounds and offering an airline compatible battery. with a weight limit of 300#. This light weight scooter reportedly auto folds/unfolds in 15 seconds. It has anti-tip wheels, an auto folding seat with padded seat and adjustable armrests and fold down back. The ZooMe Auto Flex is one of the ZooMe folding travel scooter line that debuted in 2016.

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It was exciting to see this new line of scooters available as an option for clients. For more information on this scooter check out Drive Medical  for their line of travel scooters.

Are your clients using these travel scooters? What kind of experiences have your clients had with these mobility devices?

More for your OT Tool Kit.

Carol

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