Assistive Technology is an umbrella term that includes assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities. The IETF hopes you find the assistive technologies listed enable you to perform daily tasks that you were formerly unable to accomplish, or had great difficulty accomplishing.
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MagnaReady offers classic dress shirts with magnetically-infused buttons, making it easy for anyone with limited motor skills to dress independently. MagnaReady’s hand-sewn shirts are 100% cotton, stain resistant and wrinkle-free. They are available in men’s sizes S-XXL, and offered in white, blue or plaid for $59.99 each. For women, the company sells a classic tailored striped Oxford crafted from cotton. Styling includes a tapered look, forward-point collar with white collar, cuffs and placket, plus single-button barrel cuffs with signature darts. Boys and girls outerwear is also available via the MagnaMini website. Learn more at www.magnaready.com and www.magnamini.com.
Buck & Buck
Buck & Buck has been providing clothing solutions for more than 33 years. What began in Seattle as an adaptive clothing service for nursing facilities in the late 70s, has grown to become the national leader in the design and manufacture of specialized clothing. Clothing designed with snap closures, VELCRO® Brand closures and zippers help make getting dressed easier. Visit their store.
Lift Pulse App
Lift Labs Design, makers of LiftWare, have now developed an application for cell phones that records your tremor and allows you to monitor and measure it at home. The latest version even allows you to save your records. “Lift Pulse” is available for download through iTunes and Google Play.
Medical History Bracelet
The CARE Medical History Bracelet, an easy-to-use electronic medical bracelet. Created by GC Publishers, this device can be loaded and viewed from any computer, MAC or PC. Learn more.
TypeWay is an iPad-only app that supports 10-finger typing with automatic adaptation of the key configuration. Enables 10-finger touch-typing on the keyboard layout and automatically adapts to hands and certain typing habits. It costs just $0.99 to download from iTunes.
This iPad app is a customizable keyboard and adaptive notepad with word prediction and text-to-speech features. It enables the user to quickly and easily create customized keyboard layouts including the ability to assign each key a designated letter, word, sentence or picture; merge cells together to form larger keys; create audio recordings and convert text-to-speech with words highlighted as they are spoken. $19.99 at iTunes.
Dexteria – Fine Motor Skill Development
Dexteria is a set of therapeutic hand exercises (not games) to improve fine motor skills and handwriting readiness in children and adults. Dexteria’s unique hand and finger activities take full advantage of the multi-touch interface to help build strength, control, and dexterity. Price: $3.99 and it is available at iTunes.
Stylus (pointer tool) for iPhones
Sketch, type and navigate with greater precision. The price is $14.95 and it works only with the iPhone. Get it now.
The BIG Launcher replaces the user interface of any phone or tablet with Android 2.1 or higher. It provides maximum readability via enlarged icons and large buttons that are easy to use and customize. Set up an unlimited number of screens with apps, contacts, shortcuts or widgets. Swipe between them or use the buttons to group related functions. Price: $10.00. Learn more at the Google Play store.
Big Buttons Keyboard Deluxe
This smart phone app has big, accurate, and easy-to-read buttons in a keyboard that can be used with one or both hands. Includes basic word prediction, error correction, microphone for multilingual speech-to-text. Continuous speech option for long dictations. Also includes large arrow (cursor) keys, adjustable keyboard height, adjustable click volume, adjustable vibration feedback and themes for people with diminished vision, tremors, and nervous or muscular conditions. You can download this app for $2.99 from Google Play.
Nuance’s Dragon Mobile Assistant is a virtual assistant for Android that can perform a wide variety of functions including conversion of speech to text and text to speech commands, dialing to texting, launching music, share location, find directions and more. The “always on” assistant can dial into scheduled conference calls, compose email and read calendar alerts, Facebook Newsfeed updates and text messages. Enjoy this virtual assistant for FREE at the Google play store.
Montrose Mouse Adapter
The Assistive Mouse Adapter (AMA) is connected between a standard mouse (Optical Mouse supplied) and a USB port to provide assistance to users with neuro-motor difficulties.The AMA is powered by the computer USB port, thus eliminating any requirement for a separate power supply. Assistive functions of the AMA include reduced cursor tremor, reduction of unintended mouse button clicks and relaxed double clicking. Be sure to note “IETF” in the online ordering form or when you email, as this retailer offers a 15% instant rebate for IETF members and supporters. Email or view their website for more information. US $158.65 including airmail.
Software automatically smooths mouse cursor motion to reduce the effects of unsteady or shaky hands. Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP x32, Windows Server 2003 x32, Windows XP x64, Windows Vista x32, Windows Vista x64, Windows 7 x32, Windows 7 x64. Free 7-day trial. $39.95. View their website for more details.
SteadyMouse Hand Tremor Mouse Accessibility Software (Free Download) v1.3
Free software designed to assist people with hand tremor. Major Features: Anti-tremor mouse filtering. Removal of accidental mouse clicks. Assistive “Icon Targeting” system. Quick enable/disable using the scroll lock key. Simple design for easy configuration. Visit the SteadyMouse website for more more information.
Chester Creek Metal Keyguard
The KeyGuard––designed to help people who may have trouble pressing only one key at a time––is designed for use with the company’s large-key keyboard models: VisionBoard2, KinderBoard, MyBoard-lc and MyBoard-UC. The The large-format buttons make it easier to press the right key when typing. The KeyGuard is an easy-to-clean, metal frame that fits securely over the keyboard and provides physical separation between each key. Price: $79.95. Learn more.
Chester Creek VisionBoard 2 Keyboard
The VisionBoard2 keyboard’s big 1″x1″ square keys and large, bold black-on-yellow letters and numbers help users to improve readability and reduce eyestrain. Users with low vision or hand tremor can increase and improve capabilities with greater comfort and control. USB connection.
Operating System: Windows 98SE, 2000, ME, XP, Vista, MAC OS 10.1.5 and higher. Price: $69.95. Learn more at the Chester Creek website.
Sensors in the handle of this high-tech spoon detect your hand tremor and quickly respond to cancel the tremor and steady the spoon. It allows you to focus less on how you are eating and more on the people you’re eating with. $295.00. Visit their website to place your order.
Swivel Tremor Utensils
The swivel mechanism of these special utensils is engineered to stay level through a shaking hand or a tilted wrist. Useful for individuals with tremors. The swivel prevents excessive rotation or swing. Suited for those with poor grasp. The bowl of the spoon and the tines of the fork are made of stainless steel and mounted in a special grip designed to allow maximum user control with minimum effort. The utensils are dishwasher safe. The fork is 7.5″ long and the tines portion of the fork are 2″ long, the actual fork tines are 1 3/8″. The spoon is 8 ” long. The bowl is 2.25″ long and 1.5″ wide. This is a large spoon, more of a tablespoon size than a teaspoon. Fork, teaspoon, or soup spoon. $34.15. Learn more from their website.
KEatlery Utensils for Parkinson’s
KEatlery utensils for Parkinson’s are weighted high quality 18/8 stainless steel utensils. Dining with KEatlery utensils, as with other weighted utensils, will lessen your hand tremors, allowing you to eat more successfully and with greater skill. The results are fewer dribbles and spills on your clothing and table linens. And, they have the appearance of good quality flatware. Your dining companions will never know you are using adaptive utensils.
The handles of these adaptive utensils are solid which gives them their extra heavy weight. Each utensil weighs approximately 8 ounces. A slight indentation on the handles places your fingers in a comfortable ergonomic position. The soup spoon has a recessed edge and a slightly deeper bowl to assist in preventing spills. These lovely KEatlery utensils are institutional dishwasher safe. The utensils are between seven and nine inches in length, depending upon the piece. Sold as a set of four. $39.95. More details.
North Coast Medical Weighted Utensils
NCM can also be reached at: NCM Consumer Products Division, San Jose, CA., 1.800.235.7054, or visit their website.
Soap Safety Sack
Soap Safety Sack was created to stop bathroom accidents and save lives by preventing a soap bar from slipping out of a person’s hand while in the shower. The mesh sack holds a bar of soap and has a loose handle that slips over the wrist. It is perfect for those with diminished physical capacity who have trouble washing themselves and offers a superior cleansing, exfoliating, invigorating wash. The price is $4.45 per pair which includes $.50 for shipping anywhere in continental USA. http://www.soapsafetysack.com
This tray was originally created to assist people that struggle with tremor when doing daily activities with their arms and hands. The company has since realized how it may benefit anyone who wishes to simplify activities at a table or on a lap. The user positions their arms pressed lightly into the sides of the tray, which greatly stabilizes their arms and hands if needed. Tell them the IETF sent you! Visit their website.
Ergo Sof PenAGain
Pens, highlighters, pencils, markers. PenAgain.com
Steady Write Sta-Pen by Activeforever
The Steady Write pen is a unique writing instrument for either the right or left hand. We have found the Steady Write pen is a helpful tool for those who have weakened grasp due to arthritis or limited use of hands when writing due to neurological disorders. The Steady Write pen helps improve handwriting by using the friction of the base to smooth out the motion of your writing. The solid base balances and guides the hand as you write. The hand does not touch the pen but simply guides the base across the paper. The Steady Write Pen uses standard ballpoint pen refills and features a retractable tip at the click of a button. $12.95. Visit their website.
Pen and Pencil Weight Kit
The weighted button aid has a plastic vinyl handle is designed with finger grips to improve grasp. The added internal weight assists in stabilizing the hand of those persons with unsteady hands or tremors. Measures 1 1/8 x 7 1/2 inches long. Weighs approximately 8 oz. $12.95. Learn more.
IETF Anniversary Edition of Essays: 1988-2009
Classic and relevant essays from the IETF’s 10th anniversary edition have been edited for clarity. New essays provide the latest information on ET research, genetics, diagnosis, treatments, alternative therapies, exercise, coping and many other topics. This important 137-page compilation, written by ET experts within their various fields, is specially bound and is available exclusively through the IETF webstore for this special, limited-time price. Was $39.95. Now $19.95!
Deep Brain Stimulation: A New Life for People with Parkinson’s, Dystonia and Essential Tremor
By Kelvin Chou, MD, Susan Grube, RN, MSN, and Parag Patil, MD, PhD
Everything you need to know about deep brain stimulation. From the first consideration to long-term care, this is an invaluable resource that patients, their families, and their physicians will want at their fingertips. Order here.
I Can’t Stop Shaking
By Sandy Kamen Wisniewski
Sandy, who was diagnosed with ET at the age of 14, wrote a personal essay entitled “I Couldn’t Stop Shaking” for Woman’s Day magazine in 2001. Now, she shares her story of living with ET – and the stories of others – in her book. Also included within this book is a medical chapter written by Peter A. LeWitt, MD, a movement disorder neurologist. Buy it on Amazon.
Essential Tremor: The Facts
By Drs. Mark Plumb and Peter Bain
Provides a comprehensive guide to understanding ET and minimizing its impact. It begins with a close look at what ET is and how it is diagnosed. It also details who gets the disorder, the causes and how it affects day to day lives, current treatment options, along with patient advice on how to cope with the stigma of ET. The book concludes with a chapter on the prospects of a potential cure. Dr. Mark Plumb is a geneticist who has had ET since childhood. Dr Peter Bain is an international authority on tremor, movement disorders and deep brain stimulation. Get it on Amazon.
Life with Shakes
By Brian Van Meter
Having suffered from a movement disorder probably his entire life, Brian Van Meter was not diagnosed with essential tremor disorder until he was in his thirties. As a result, he has struggled physically, emotionally, socially, and even financially. This book details the obstacles that he has overcome, the obstacles that stand in his way, and a fork in the road with chances to take. It is the story of a lifelong struggle that few people were aware he was dealing with. Although he was able to cope and mask the symptoms, he had to finally face his fears to overcome this burden. He explains the mental struggles, the complications, and the will to persevere. This is his journey. Buy it now.
Carson and his Shaky Paws Grampa
By Kirk Hall and illustrated by Alison Paolini
Carson and His Shaky Paws Grampa, the first book in the Shaky Paws Grampa series, is a story about the relationship and love between a grandfather (who has both Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor) and his seven-year-old grandson. The story is designed to help parents and grandparents comfortably talk about the early onset of tremor and address common questions and concerns children may express.
The second book in the series, Carina and her Bionic Grampa (working title), is in progress and continues to portray the true story about Kirk “Shaky Paws” Hall’s journey with PD and ET. The story is intended to provide a comfortable and safe setting through which parents and grandparents may talk about more advanced tremor symptoms with their children and grandchildren. Buy it now.
Many items are available through Amazon.com. Access Amazon.com through the IETF website link so that a portion of the purchase price is donated back to the IETF by Amazon.
Caregiver Products.com – Another on-line destination for adaptive technology.