To celebrate National Assistive Technology Awareness Month in November, we have invited Amanda Brehm, LCBDD’s
Remote Supports/ Assistive Tech Specialty Service Coordinator, to share some thoughts:
Writing this column after Halloween made me think about the power of technology in an interesting way.
Many of us who went out trick-or-treating this season were carrying a magic device in our pocket.
We don’t often think about our smart phones that way, because they are an essential part of life for most of us.
But just a few decades ago, the things these devices can do would’ve seemed like magic.
From ordering groceries, controlling our thermostat and our lights or giving us the opportunity to video chat with anyone, around the world, with the push of a button — our phones are one of many technological advances that have opened the world to all people, including those with disabilities.
These devices don’t just make all our lives easier. For the people with disabilities we support, they make the impossible, possible.
This November, the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities is talking about assistive technology using the hashtag #ThankfulForTech.
For me it seems very fitting because there’s so manyexciting things to be grateful for when it comes to assistive tech in Ohio.
I’m thankful that the recently passed state budget included funding for regional tech hubs, which will help people with disabilities get more information about what’s out there and more access to technical support.
I’m thankful that the Ohio Tech Ambassadors and WeThriveTogether are partnering for the next two years and am looking forward to seeing the number of Tech Ambassadors and Tech Advocates grow in our state.
I am grateful that LCBDD has some exciting projects starting in 2024 that will give people new opportunities to get more comfortable using tech.
Imagine how your Thanksgiving plans could be even easier with the incorporation of technology? Cooking with safe cook tops, smart appliances and reminders and timers that can be activated by your voice —followed by video chats with friends and family over
That’s just one scenario but the possibilities are truly endless!
Want to get started? Let your Service Coordinator know you are interested in looking at ways that tech can help meet your needs. I can help provide suggestions and connect you with resources, including lending libraries.
There are also technology providers and specialized physical, occupational and speech therapists who could help you figure out what tech is the right fit for you.
By this time next year, you might be feeling #ThankfulForTech too!
Contact Amanda Brehm by calling 740-349-6588 or send her an email at: Amanda.Brehm@lcountydd.org.