Speech Therapists: What They Do and How They Use Assistive Technology

Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP), sometimes called speech therapists, play a key role in developing and maintaining an individual’s communication, cognition and independence. To understand the role of speech therapy, its use of assistive technology (AT), mobile devices, and future trends AbleData’s subject matter expert, Stephanie Mensh, interviewed Joan Green, M.A. CCC-SLP, a nationally-recognized clinician, expert and author on using AT for speech-language needs and founder of Innovative Speech Therapy.

Associations of Area Agencies on Aging: How They Can Help You

Nationally and at the state level, Associations of Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) help seniors and adults with disabilities lead lives with dignity and choice in their homes and communities for as long as they can. But, how do AAAs accomplish this goal? Lesley Nesmith, AbleData’s Assistive Technology Specialist interviewed Sherri Smail from Iowa’s Association of Area Agencies on Aging (i4a) to find out more. Read highlights from their interview below.

Lesley: What are AAAs?

Advancements in Open Source Assistive Technologies

Open source software (OSS) positively impacts many large industries from healthcare to education—these effects are now being felt at the individual level as well. The speed of delivery and cost efficiency of OSS enables developers to provide multi-use, flexible and readily available software as opposed to proprietary options. OSS allows software developers to create assistive technologies using open source interfaces that directly improve the day-to-day lives of members of the special needs community or individuals who have physical disabilities.

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