Tools You Can Use series

  1. Tools You Can Use series: iBill, the U.S. Currency Reader Device

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    If someone handed you a wad of cash, how quickly would you be able to count it?  For the average person, it may take a minute or so to discern the value of the bills in their possession.  Now imagine if you were a person with a visual impairment in the same scenario:  How would you correctly distinguish between a $5 bill and an $100 bill within the pile of cash in your hands?  For those who are blind or visually impaired, being able to count money can be a challenging task that most people have never concerned before.  The U.S. Department of Treasury’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) is seeking to eliminate this currency inaccessibility issue by providing the iBill, a currency reader device, for free to disabled Americans with visual disabilities.

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  1. Preparing to Pop Wheelies Down the Aisle Soon?: Wedding Planning Tools for Disabled Brides & Grooms

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    With Valentine’s Day approaching, I know that there will be some lucky disabled brides and grooms putting a ring on it this week.  After the ring, comes the planning, of course!  Wedding planning is stressful as it is, but when you add disability into the mix, it can make brides and grooms worry about how to appropriately and seamlessly incorporate their disability into their special day.

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  1. Tools You Can Use series: DomesticShelters.org – New Resource for Those Experiencing Domestic Violence

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    Though it may be the most wonderful time of the year, the Holiday season can be dangerous for individuals and families impacted by domestic violence.  Those who work in this field explains that the increase of incidences during the holidays is exacerbated by the build up of anger and stress, which accompanies the season.  The holiday season also marks the time of year when children experience domestic violence at the highest rates seen.  It may be a joyous celebration for many of us; however, we cannot forget or fail to protect and assist those who are enduring brutal, and sadly, potential life-ending, abuse.

    A few weeks ago, I came across a post on the Creative Social Worker Tumblr page spotlighting a new tool to assist in finding shelter and support for individuals and families experiencing domestic violence.  Being that I wrote an article on this subject in October discussing the prevalence of disabled women and domestic violence, I knew that I had to share this resource on the Tools You Can Use series.

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  1. Tools You Can Use series: Modified Power Wheels Cars for Toddlers with Disabilities

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    As a former disabled child, I am very adamant about ensuring that our disabled children and teens receive the best healthcare, education, and support system in order to grow and prosper in their environment as beautiful human beings.  For our youngest disabled children, assistive devices that would afford them the opportunity to gain independence by moving freely in their homes is a considerable and serious gap that exists for them.  The University of Delaware and Fisher-Price aim to change that by offering affordable, adapted Power Wheels cars to our disabled kids who cannot afford to be slowed down by their disability.

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  1. Tools You Can Use series: Talkitt, A Life Changer for Individuals Living with Speech Disabilities

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    Late September, I was contacted about a new product called Talkitt, created by VoiceItt, a company that aims to develop innovative speech technology that will improve the quality of life of children and adults living with motor, speech, and language disorders.  VoiceItt seeks to allow these individuals to better communicate with loved ones and others by “translating” the unintelligible pronunciation into understanding speech, all while using their own voices.

    The social media manager at VoiceItt wanted to know if I would be interested in spotlighting VoiceItt’s crowdfunding campaign for Talkitt, which they seek to release during the first quarter of 2015.  When I reviewed the information that was provided to me, I immediately knew that this was a product I had to share with my RYV! readers because technological advances that improve the lives of those with disabilities has to be supported.

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  1. Tools You Can Use series: DOJ’s Elder Justice Website

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    When I read the press release about the new Elder Justice website, I knew that I had to feature it as a part of RYV!’s “Tools You Can Use” Series.  Being the caregiver of a member of the Silent Generation (my beloved Grandmother I have mentioned on the blog), and being a helping professional, I knew how dire it is to protect the older members in our society, and to report any forms of abuse or neglect they may endure.  With a plethora of resources out there, it can be overwhelming to figure out what information is appropriate and current to utilize and pass along to those who need it.  The U.S. Justice Department has taken steps to provide an online informational “hub” for older Americans, their families, law enforcement, helping professionals, and other stakeholders who have a vested interest in ensuring that older Americans’ rights and humanness are respected.

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  1. Tools You Can Use series: Disability.gov Resource Guides for PWDs

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    Disability.gov, the federal government’s one-stop access website for disability-related resources, services, and information, has a plethora of guides that breaks down topics that matter to those with disabilities, caregivers and families, and helping professionals who interact with this particular population.

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  1. Tools You Can Use series: AbleRoad

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    disabled-1050260_1920For the first Ramp Your Voice! article of 2014, I wanted to share a new technology tool called AbleRoad that connects people with accessible venues.  AbleRoad is a new technological tool that aims to inform people with disabilities about accessible places and spaces in their communities, and across the globe.  With the advances of the internet and the worldwide use of social media, new websites and applications (apps) are created every day to assist in establishing a more equal playing field for people with disabilities, both domestically and abroad.  As a person with a disability, I am constantly searching for innovative tools that makes inclusion of people with disabilities a high priority.

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  1. Travelling the Globe with a Disability

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    Many countries and companies are making exceptional strides in providing accessibility opportunities to those with disabilities who desire to travel.  I came across this video on YouTube that discussed Berlin, Germany’s focus on creating barrier-free environments when it comes to its museums, mode of transportation options, the social scene (the popular pubs), and being able to move about the city safely.  I was quite taken aback at how advance Germany’s accessibility systems were, and the fact that Germany is a leader when it comes to accessibility in Europe.

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