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Technology options for Patients

Assistive technology can be a device or service that helps children with disabilities participate more independently within their environment at home or school.

Assistive Technology for home and community

Tablet Apps:

  • Cancer.net
    Q&A Section suggestions of questions to ask oncologist and other physicians along with an area to compose individual questions
  • Carb Counting with Lenny
    Pediatric Diabetes management
  • Medfile
    Create, manage and access medical records

Resources:

Augmentative and Alternative Communication Institute (AAC)
Information and resources for children and adults with communication disorders or who cannot speak

Augmentative and Alternative Communication Connecting Young Kids (YAACK)
Information and guidance to families and professionals involved with children with special communication needs

American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA)
Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Resources for Parents:

Augmentative and alternative Communication Users Bill of Rights
National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities summary of AAC user rights.

Augmentative Communication Device Helps Max Speak
One family’s experience in choosing an Augmentative Communication Device

Simple, Inexpensive Devices Can Assist in Communication
Using low technology options

Techniques and Devices Can Help a Child Learn to Communicate
How augmentative Communication devices can supplement other forms of communication and information on formulating a communication plan

Simply Said Assistive Technology Videos
Simply Said is an ongoing video series designed by the PACER Center to explain complex Assistive Technology topics in easy-to-understand language. The videos feature simple drawings that make it quick and easy to learn. This format makes this resource especially easy to share. The series covers topics from Assistive Technology to Accessible Instructional Materials.

Assistive Technology (AT) in Action Video
Meet Elle O'Gorman, a young woman with cerebral palsy, who with the help of Assistive Technology is able to communicate with family, friends, and teachers.

AAC Archived Webinars
Intro to AAC and Lending Library Resources in Minnesota

  • What is Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC)
  • Selecting the Right Device
  • Low-Tech/No Tech – High-Tech Options
  • Minnesota AAC Lending Library Resources

In Minnesota:

Simon Technology Center (PACER Center)
Opportunities for children and adults with disabilities, and their families, to find technology to meet their needs. Includes technology consultations, lending library, individual training session, videos of assistive technology options and options to purchase used equipment.

STAR program
Minnesota’s Assistive Technology Act Program:

  • “Understanding Assistive Technology” This video explains what Assistive Technology is where you can go the find out more.
  • “Understanding Assistive Technology Loan Libraries” Easy-to-understand video explaining what Assistive Technology Loan libraries are and where to find them. You'll be taken step by step through the process of borrowing an item and learn where you can find your closest library to you.
 

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