CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 384-4638
Release: Dec. 14, 2001
IPAT offers holiday gift ideas for people with disabilities
A University of Iowa program that serves Iowans with
disabilities has several gift ideas that can help people with disabilities
better perform everyday tasks.
InfoTech, a service of the Iowa Program for Assistive
Technology (IPAT) at the University of Iowa, provides Iowans with disabilities
and their families with information on assistive devices and other products
designed to make their lives easier.
"There are a number of assistive-technology gifts
for persons with disabilities, priced from a few dollars on up, that are both
useful and unique, " says Jane Gay, program specialist at IPAT. "In some cases,
an assistive-type gift can open up opportunities or make activities like watching
TV or going to church easier and more enjoyable."
Some gift ideas Gay suggests include:
-- Assistive devices for people with vision impairment,
such as large-print telephones or speaker phones, large-print books or books
on tape, automatic page turners and magnifiers for everyday use.
-- Household items and tools for people with disabilities,
like desks or work stations that can be adjusted and easily moved from room
to room, cooking and gardening tools with adaptable handles, and shower/bath
accessories that make morning routines less difficult. Also, large-print or
automatic thermostat controls ensure safe indoor temperatures during the winter
-- Products that enhance watching television, such
as sound amplifiers. Infrared amplification systems are available that lets
a person to wear a headset that uses infrared waves to receive television
sounds. The headset allows the person greater movement in the room and only
that person can hear the television program.
-- Assistive technology for recreational use, like
camera gear, modified sports equipment, park and picnic supplies, craft kits
and board games.
Transportation aids. Wheelchair lifts or loaders are helpful, as well as a
wheelchair ramp that can be stored in a van or trunk of a car. Also, driving
controls and conversion devices for vehicles are available.
-- Assistive equipment for business or farm uses.
Expanded or Braille keyboards, cursor controls and voice recognition systems
for computers are becoming more popular. For farming, ideas include hand controls
for agricultural equipment, livestock handling equipment, outdoor communication
devices like a CB radio, and modified tractor seats.
InfoTech produces a newsletter with information on
new products and a listing of available used assistive-technology equipment.
For more information, call (800) 331-3027.
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