Author: improveability

  • Abilities Expo 2014

    Come see us at the Abilities Expo in Houston, TX Looking for a chance to see and to touch assistive technology in person? Well the Abilities Expo is the place to be. The event takes place Friday July 25 through Sunday July 27th. Click the picture above for more details. I will be at booth […]

  • What did you say? Voice Recogntion Software – Common Pitfals and Misconceptions

    I have a lot of clients that have difficulty with writing.  The causes for these difficulties are widely varied, but one potential solution is voice recognition software. First of all lets get some definitions clear.  Often when a client has difficulty writing, I will get a request for voice recognition software.  Voice recognition software attempts […]

  • iOS Devices as Assistive Technology – an Introduction

    The world of Assistive Technology is changing so fast, it is often hard to keep up!  Even for someone like me who is constantly trying to stay ahead of the curve of what is available in the world of technology for people with disabilities, I find myself discovering new solutions every day!

  • Grab Bars

    I often get questions regarding grab bars.  I would like to take this opportunity to discuss some details about grab bars, how they should be installed, and some alternatives that you may not be aware of. I am often asked where grab bars should be installed.  There are guidelines in the American’s with Disabilities Act, […]

  • Onscreen Keyboard – A New Way to Type

    Onscreen Keyboard If using a standard computer keyboard is difficult for you, but you can use a mouse, trackball, or other pointing device, an onscreen keyboard can allow you to regain access to the keyboard. An onscreen keyboard is just that – a picture of a keyboard on your monitor, and by clicking on the […]

  • Power Wheelchair Care

    Tips for Power Wheelchair Users Power wheelchairs are complicated devices.  Using a power wheelchair can be overwhelming at first.  Here are some tips to keep your chair in good condition and working for you!

  • Toilet Access Basics

    Toilet Access Basics I visit people with disabilities every week, and whether I am there to look at their home for accessibility, or some high tech need, we inevitably end up talking about using the toilet. I thought I would take this opportunity to discuss some basic toilet assess issues and solutions. Getting on/off the […]

  • Patient Lifts

    Patient Lift If a person with a disability needs help being transferred, one solution is a lift.  This type of lift is often called a Hoyer lift, which was a brand name, but has become a synonym for this style of lift.              Close up↑                                 Sling Laid Out↑

  • Case Study – Denise Salinas

    A Case Study – Denise Salinas In this issue we will highlight one of our recent success stories. Here is a little background on our client, Denise Salinas.  Ms. Salinas had polio as a child, which has left her legs weakened.  She is able to walk limited distances with the assistance of a walker.  Ms. […]

  • Tub Access

    Tub Access In this issue we will discuss products and techniques to help with tub access. In a previous article we discussed ways to use the bathroom without having to touch any of the fixtures, click here to read that article. For those that have difficulty getting into the tub for bathing, there are a […]