Thinking About Creating an AT Device? Then You Should Know This

Are you thinking about creating an Assistive Technology (AT) device? Consider familiarizing yourself with intellectual property rights and the patent process before developing your marketing plan. A patent is a legal protection that grants its holder “the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale or selling” the invention. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) determine which inventions become patented.

Wayfinding AT for People Who are Blind, Deaf or Have a Cognitive Disability

Since the dawn of civilization, humans have pursued better and better methods for finding our way in our world. From using the sun and the stars, to maps, to Global Positioning System (GPS) – a worldwide radio-navigation system using satellites and ground stations. Today, we have made profound advances that have forever changed the way we navigate in our physical world– or wayfinding as it is commonly known.

AT for the Would-Be Virtuoso Who is Blind or Has Low Vision

Music is a force like no other. It has the power to soothe and relax; invigorate and inspire; comfort and heal. It is a poignant remedy for the soul and an expressive outlet for the heart. As American musician Billy Joel described, music is “an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by - no matter what culture we're from.” Through adapted musical instruments and other assistive technology (AT) devices, you can learn how to read and/or create your own music.

The FitBit as AT

A FitBit can be a helpful piece of assistive technology (AT) equipment for myriad health-related needs. One of AbleData's Information Specialists, Marleen Gonzales, recently purchased a FitBit to help her monitor her sleeping habits. Co-Information Specialist, Elizabeth Lee, interviewed Marleen on the benefits she's experienced with her recent purchase.

Elizabeth: What it is a FitBit?

Speech Therapists: What They Do and How They Use Assistive Technology

Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP), sometimes called speech therapists, play a key role in developing and maintaining an individual’s communication, cognition and independence. To understand the role of speech therapy, its use of assistive technology (AT), mobile devices, and future trends AbleData’s subject matter expert, Stephanie Mensh, interviewed Joan Green, M.A. CCC-SLP, a nationally-recognized clinician, expert and author on using AT for speech-language needs and founder of Innovative Speech Therapy.


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