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Pennsylvania's Assistive Technology Lending Library

AT Focus, A Publication for Local Branches of Pennsylvania's Assistive Technology Lending Library at the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University

Volume 8; Issue 3; Spring 2006


Inside this issue

  1. Helping Tools for Older Pennsylvanians
  2. Save the Dates
  3. Chronostone Personal Timer
  4. Handy Bar
  5. iBEAM Watch
  6. Dining with Dignity Utensils
  7. Ameriphone P-300 Amplified Photo Phone
  8. Sound Activated Key Finder
  9. Tel-Rx Talking Prescription Recorder
  10. Touchscreen Talking Frame
  11. Tek Partner Remote Control
  12. Other Additions to the Kit
  13. Demo Diary
  14. Related Websites
  15. New Local Branch

This Spring, Pennsylvania’s Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT) will be offering an update of its 1999 train-the-trainer program,

Helping Tools for Older Pennsylvanians and their Caregivers. As a part of that effort, the “Seniors” Kit (HP-AGING-NCOA) has been updated. This issue of AT Focus showcases some of the new items added to the kit.


Save the Dates!

Helping Tools for Older Pennsylvanians, a Train-the-Trainer program, will be held at the following dates and locations:

May 9 ( Philadelphia), May 11 ( Harrisburg), May 16 ( Pittsburgh). Watch the mail for your brochures! Trainings will also be replicated by ATRCs around the state. Please contact your ATRC for more information.


Chronostone Personal Timer™

This necklace looks like a ladies' locket, but is actually a discrete medication timer. The locket silently vibrates at a designated time, and a second alarm reminds the wearer four minutes later.

Cost: $40; Easy Street Company: 800-959-3279, http://www.easystreetco.com.



This device assists with getting in and out of a car easily. The HandyBar consists of a steel bar with a soft, non-slip handle that fits into the door latch on the side of the car. Once the bar is attached, the user can lean on it for stability.

Cost: $41; Easy Street Company: 800-959-3279, http://www.easystreetco.com.


iBEAM Watch

The iBEAM watch has a large, easy to read dial with raised numbers and date function, but it also has a built-in 3x magnifying lens and flashlight. The magnifying lens is built into the watch face and pops up at the touch of a button. A touch of another button turns on the high-power LED flashlight. A women’s style is also available. Each training kit will contain either a men’s or women’s watch.

Cost: $78; available for purchase from several websites, including http://www.comforthouse.com.


Dining with Dignity Utensils

This specialty flatware is designed to enable those with grasp impairments to hold and use their fork, knife and spoon independently. An adjustable yoke is attached to each implement handle, and these can be twisted and adjusted to meet the user’s specific grip and strength. Each training kit will contain one utensil.

Cost: $55 per set (knife, fork, spoon);Dining with Dignity: 757-565-2452 diningwithdignity@cox.net, http://www.diningwithdignity.com


Ameriphone P-300 Amplified Photo Phone

Make calls with the touch of a photo! This amplified telephone has nine photo memory frames at the top. Insert a photo into one of the frames, program the number into the phone’s memory, and then simply press the photo to call that person. There is also an extra large keypad with enlarged numbers for easier dialing. The incoming volume can be increased up to 20+ dB, and this phone has an electronics design that minimizes background noise and enhances speech so that all words can be heard clearly. This phone also features an adjustable ringer (up to 75 dB) and has a built-in bright flashing ring signaler. The handset is T-Coil compatible.

Cost: $50; Harris Communications: 800-522-6294, info@harriscomm.com, www.harriscomm.com.


Sound Activated Key Finder

Just a clap and this device will set off a series of beeps to guide someone to their keys. There is also a bright mini-light that can illuminate door and auto keyholes, or light the way on a dark pathway. Other features include an easy-open latch to hold the keys, and an on/off switch.

Cost: $14; MaxiAids: 800-522-6294, http://www.maxiaids.com.


Tel-Rx Talking Prescription Recorder

This device creates a voice label for medicine bottles. Record the prescription number, medicine name and dose, doctor’s instructions, date filled, and any other useful information and attach the Tel-Rx to any size prescription bottle. A press of a button plays back information.

Cost: $13; MaxiAids: 800-522-6294, http://www.maxiaids.com.


Talking Picture Frame with Touchscreen

This frame holds two 5x7” photos, and you can record two 5-second messages for each photo. To play back the messages, just touch the photo.

Cost: $20; Radio Shack: 800-843-7422; http://www.radioshack.com.


Tek Partner Remote Control

The large size (8-1/4” x 5-1/2”) of this universal remote control should make it hard to lose in the sofa cushions! Just a touch lights up all of the 3/4" buttons, which are marked with large characters. The curved design of the Tek Partner allows the remote to sit on the arm of a chair or sofa, or on a table top. This one remote can be set up to operate a TV, VCR, Cable Box/Satellite Dish or DVD.

Cost: $45, MaxiAids: 800-522-6294, http://www.maxiaids.com.


Other additions to the kit

Voice Operated Light Switch ($32); Folding Reacher (32”) ($25); Long Handled Comb ($13);

all from Easy Street Company: 800-959-3279, http://www.easystreetco.com.

Arthwriter ($7

from MaxiAids: 800-522-6294, http://www.maxiaids.com.

Remote Keyless Padlock ($20

from Ambient Weather: 877-413-8800, http://www.ambientweather.com.


Demo Diary

Learning through listening just got even easier! Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology will be collaborating with Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic to demonstrate their new AudioPlus® digitally-recorded textbooks on CD; imagine finding exactly the page you want in an audio book with one keystroke! Stay tuned for details.


Related Websites

http://www.mainecite.org/docs/tools/- This is a series of six publications created by the Maine Assistive Technology Act program that describe items available on the market to help make life and independent living easier.

http://caregiverpa.psu.edu- Website of CaregiverPA, a guide to available resources for older adults and their families. This site provides information to help answer caregiving questions, find a description of available resources, or search for resources available in a specific Pennsylvania county.

http://www.agingtech.org - The Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) is a national coalition of more than 400 technology companies, aging services organizations, research universities, and government representatives that are helping to “develop and deploy emerging technologies that can improve the aging experience in America.”

http://www.benefitscheckup.org- BenefitsCheckUp is a service of the National Council on the Aging. This site helps people connect to government programs that can help them pay for prescription drugs, health care, utilities, and other needs.

http://www.disabilityinfo.gov - Thisonline resource is designed to provide people with disabilities access to disability-related information and programs available across the government on numerous subjects, including civil rights, community life, education, employment, housing, health, income support, technology and transportation.


New Local Branch

Raymond’s Coffees at Rosie’s Book Shoppe

DuBois Area Plaza, DuBois, PA 15801

Contact: Donald Okonski — 814-371-1311 (v); rosies@copper.net (e-mail)

County: Clearfield


Pennsylvania’s Assistive Technology Lending Library

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Editor: Sandra McNally smcnally@temple.edu 215-204-3370


PA’s Assistive Technology Lending Library is funded by the Commonwealth of PA, with partial support from the US Dept. of Education (through PA’s Initiative on Assistive Technology) and through the contributions of AT vendors, manufacturers, and users of the Lending Library.

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