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Using Eyegaze Edge

Mrs. Pauline Hairston who lives in Winston-Salem, NC and Paul Eklund,  ATP (Assistive Technology Practitioner) first met the client at the Wake Forest Baptist Health (WFBH) ALS Clinic back in January 2017. She had recently been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive neuromuscular disease of the brain and spinal cord. The WFBH ALS Clinic is a multidisciplinary team approach to provide individuals diagnosed with ALS with a comprehensive evaluation and treatment plan so as to maximize function and quality of life. Pauline started having speech difficulties that affected her communication with family and friends as a result of the ALS disease process. Therefore, possible options for communication were discussed, demonstrated, and trialed by Pauline. In the September 2017, an evaluation was performed by Paul Eklund of NCATP and the speech therapist. Based on medical necessity, a recommendation was made for a  communication device that utilized eye gaze a the access method. Appropriate mounting was also a part of the recommendation.  Two eye gaze devices were demonstrated by  Mr. Eklund  and trialed by the client. Pauline selected the Eyegaze Edge from LC Technologies. It has allowed her to independently perform face-to-face communication; to go on-line and search the web, open favorites sites and links using her home's WiFi connection; she can send and receive text messages through her Android smartphone; ask Alexa questions through the Amazon Echo Dot; create, send, and receive emails; and change the TV channels. The set-up of the Eyegaze Edge and components was successfully completed by her primary caregiver, Reggie, along with the vendor, Steve. Pauline considers the assistive device and components to be a blessing in her life. She is able to fully utilize this technology to be a blessing in the lives of others while dealing with a significant health impairment.  Equipment Pauline uses is listed below:

Eyegaze Edge eye gaze from LC Technologies, Inc.
Rehadapt adjustable mount (positioning/holder of Edge eye gaze)
Amazon Dot (Alexa)
• Android smartphone (to create, send and receive text messages)

 

 

OrCam Demo Days in Charlotte 

OrCam MyEye is a discreet wearable device that helps people who are partially sighted or blind. 

Join us on Feb 27th between 9:30 am-4:00 pm at North Carolina Assistive Technology Program and get a complimentary demonstration of OrCam MyEye. See for yourself how OrCam can help you or your visually impaired family member or friend be more independent.

Location: 5501 Executive Center Drive Suite 105 , Charlotte, NC 28212

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Charlotte AT Center Hosts Visitors from China

The Charlotte office of the North Carolina Assistive Technology Program (NCATP) hosted visitors from China on September 25, 2017. Over 12 delegates from organizations working with individuals with disabilities were visiting the NCATP center to obtain information on funding, assistive technology devices, partnerships, and assisting people in their local communities to obtain devices. The delegates met with Tammy Pereboom, Lauren Zubow, and Rick Doughman from the Charlotte office who demonstrated several types of Assistive Technology including items for computer access, low vision and communication.

 

New NCATP Intern 

Darian Boyd is working with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, NC Assistive Technology Program.  He works in the Raleigh administrative office on Dix Campus, as well as the Raleigh NCATP center.  Darian has worked closely with our intake/billing coordinator, Connie Gillespie, on processing all incoming referrals for services.  He has also assisted in ensuri ng all files are up to date and complete prior to processing for billing.  In order to understand how NCATP works with partners, Darian has attended meetings with the program director, Tammy Koger, regarding new database systems and developing new partnerships with non-profits across the state.  To better understand how the work within administrative office helps the field staff to complete their jobs, Darian has spent several days working in the Raleigh AT center.  He has worked on creating videos for web posting and for training's and he has learned about several pieces of equipment within the center. Darian has spent the last 2 days working in our assistive technology center.  The link below is a video link where he is working with our speech language pathologist (SLP) on learning how to control a speech communication board with his eyes.  https://vimeo.com/223344412 Way to go Darian!  

 

 

Georgian Advocates Learn about Assistive Technology 

On June 20, 2017, five visitors from the country of Georgia toured the Charlotte office of the North Carolina Assistive Technology Program. These visitors were in Charlotte as part of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. These individuals consisted of a variety of Georgian professionals who advocate for people with disabilities. Since their primary focus is women and children with disabilities, they were very interested in the adapted toys and books. Additionally, their tour included demonstrations of different types of Assistive Technology including items for low vision, everyday living, computer access, and communication. Georgian Advocates looking at accessible toys Several of the participants took photos of the adapted books and toys. Several of the visitors commented that the amount of equipment available at the North Carolina Assistive Technology Program was overwhelming and one visitor commented she wished she could stay forever. We provided the group with a list of resources for items they were interested in possibly purchasing or exploring further.

 

U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program

On May 23, 2017, seven visitors from Nigeria toured the Charlotte office of the North Carolina Assistive Technology Program. These visitors were in Charlotte as part of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. These individuals consisted of a variety of Nigerian professionals who advocate for the rights of the disabled through public, private, and non-governmental organizations. They were shown a variety of Assistive Technology devices including items for people with low vision, caption telephones, items for everyday living, computer access and communication. One of the visitors commented that having a keyboard with large print could have changed his educational opportunities. Another visitor commented that seeing all of the available technology was very overwhelming. Several of the visitors exchanged business cards with the NCATP staff with the intent to continue to share knowledge and available resources in the future.