USU’s Assistive Technology Lab has created Demonstration Libraries

Clay Christensen displays modular hose and an electronic, voice-activated personal assistant. Both are examples of high- and low-tech assistive technology available in the Utah Assistive Technology Program's demonstration libraries.

<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>Two demonstration libraries created by Utah State University’s </span><span class=”s2″>Assistive Technology program allow </span><span class=”s1″>people with disabilities to travel to either Logan or Roosevelt to try out devices before they buy them. </span></p><p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>Those at the AT lab within the Center for Persons With Disabilities understand how much money already goes to medical care and services, and it’s an added expense when they order a device off the internet, hoping it will solve a problem, only to discover it’s not quite right for their needs.</span></p><p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>“We have some really great devices we have added to our demonstration libraries,” said Clay Christensen, coordinator at the Logan AT Lab. “Liftware eating utensils are products that can help those with tremors. If you have someone you are caring for these devices are very helpful in feeding. It’s a cool option we have and it is available for demonstration.”</span></p><p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>Liftware products cost just under $200 for a starter kit. It’s no wonder that some families might want to try a few different adapted spoons before making a decision.</span></p><p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>Christensen said they have apps that can help with dementia and alzheimer’s plus communication augmentative and learning applications for autism and other learning disabilities.</span></p><p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>Also, the Assistive Technology Lab is known for its ability to custom build assistive technology per person.</span></p><p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>“In this work there is not a one-size-fits-all because each disability is different and in different ranges and levels. Recently we modified some bicycles for people who otherwise could not ride a bike; this was for children and teens.”</span></p><p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>Christensen encourages those who might be helped at the the AT Lab to call him at 797-0699.</span></p>

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