17 12, 2020

Samsung Galaxy Has an Instant and Powerful Impact for Stay Connected Program

2020-12-17T11:30:08-05:00December 17th, 2020|AT Success Stories|

by Kristopher Thompson, NEAT, Smart Technology Specialist A few weeks ago, Independence Northwest reached out to me with an urgent referral for the “Stay Connected” program. The referral was for a woman who, like many facing social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic, lived alone and had mobility challenges that prevented her from getting out to [...]

17 12, 2020

Amazon Echo Show Brings Caregiver Peace of Mind for Stay Connected Program

2020-12-17T11:29:25-05:00December 17th, 2020|AT Success Stories|

by Amy Norton, EASTCONN Assistive Technology Specialist One of the best parts of working with consumers as part of “Stay Connected” is finding ways to help make life easier for people, especially during these trying times. I recently had the pleasure of speaking with a very lovely woman in CT, who is the primary caregiver [...]

17 12, 2020

Remote Training Allows Consumer to Stay Connected

2020-12-18T14:48:23-05:00December 17th, 2020|AT Success Stories|

 by Jen Lortie, UCP Assistive Technology Specialist In mid-September, assistive technology specialists at UCP of Eastern CT worked with Connecticut resident Nancy Robertson through the “Stay Connected” program to provide her with computer training, so she could connect with her friends and community during COVID-19. One big challenge? Ms. Robertson had never used a computer [...]

17 12, 2020

Accessible Pharmacy Services Can Help Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities

2020-12-17T11:28:57-05:00December 17th, 2020|Resource|

by Patrick Olsen, Director of Business Development for Accessible Pharmacy Services in Connecticut Accessible Pharmacy is a comprehensive healthcare company specializing in medication management for individuals who are blind, have a disability or are part of the senior community. Accessible Pharmacy Services provides free home delivery throughout Connecticut and will work with any insurance provider, [...]

7 08, 2020

UR Community Cares

2020-08-07T10:15:50-04:00August 7th, 2020|Resource|

Written by Donna Powell If you’re looking for ways to help older adults age in place and persons with physical disabilities live more independently, you can now refer people to UR Community Cares.  This nonprofit organization, based in Manchester and covering all of Conn., is making great strides in matching up homebound residents and others [...]

7 08, 2020

“Alexa, Can You Help Me Access My Environment”

2020-08-07T10:13:56-04:00August 7th, 2020|AT Success Stories|

Written by JoAnne Lambert, M.S. CCC/SLP, EASTCONN Accessibility. Independence.  Important for all, but especially important for individuals with disabilities who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).  Through a grant obtained by the Eastford School District, two Amazon Alexa Smart Speakers were purchased for use by a student who uses an AAC device to aid in [...]

23 06, 2020

Despite School Closures, Switch User Doesn’t Miss a Beat!

2020-06-24T11:19:09-04:00June 23rd, 2020|AT Success Stories|

Written by Stacy Fulton, EASTCONN Assistive Technology Specialist, ATP, OTR/L, CAPS When school buildings closed in mid-March due to COVID-19, I joined the ranks of Connecticut’s educators, therapists and AT providers who were forced to find creative, alternative ways to provide direct services. One of my biggest challenges was how to provide appropriate services for [...]

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