Since last week people seemed very interested in AT Rule of Life #1 (Every High Tech AT Solution Needs At Least One Low or No Tech Alternative), I thought I would share a No Tech Eye Gaze AAC solution we use at the AT Household as an alternative to J’s High Tech AAC device.
Every Activity Can Be Adapted Using AT
This rule may need a bit of defending because I am sure there will be some people that will start citing examples of activities they believe cannot be adapted.
First, let me make sure I am clear about what I mean by “activity”. I do not mean a specific level of proficiency. For example, someone might try to tell me that I cannot adapt playing Major League Baseball. That is a level of proficiency. However, the activity of playing baseball can (and has) been adapted. There may be some purists out there that will watch a Challenger League Baseball game and claim it isn’t baseball. Well, it’s been adapted. Some of those adaptations are equipment, some are rule changes, some are fan perceptions. If you get the chance to talk to a Challenger League player try telling them they are not really playing baseball. Continue reading
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Every High Tech AT Solution Needs At Least One Low or No Tech Alternative
When relying on a high-tech AT solution it is important to realize that technology can fail. High tech solutions have lots of technology and, therefore, have more chance of failure. To make sure that failing AT does not limit ability it is important to have alternative solutions readily available that are either no or low tech.
At our house we have AT solutions of all tech levels, including some really high-tech solutions. In general, high-tech AT solutions involve sophisticated electronics; usually microcontrollers and sometimes these solutions incorporate computers. Sophisticated electronics, microcontrollers, and computers are amazing and wonderful tools for everyone. I have been fascinated with them since I was a boy – which helps to explain my educational career as an Electrical Engineer and my vocational career as a Software Engineer. Within the world of Assistive Technology they most definitely have their place. Continue reading
When J was younger we used to read the Olivia series of books. AT Mom and I loved the precocious nature and imagination that Ian Falconer gave his character Olivia. When Nick Jr added an animated version of the stories to their lineup it was a natural for making our short list of TV shows we watched with J. One feature that was added to the animated show that was not in the books is “Olivia’s Rules of Life” where Olivia imparts priceless pieces of information like:
- “If you really, really, really want something it helps to use a triple please.”
- “School glue has many uses.”
- “Whatever the question costumes are always a good answer.”
They are often humorous and sometimes very practical (especially for someone 5-3/4 years old). Well, I thought I might start something new here at AT Dad’s Place – “AT Dad’s Rules for an AT Life”. I am hoping it will be an occasional repeating feature that will share tidbits of practical (and sometimes humorous) knowledge for others on their own journey through the unique valley of Assistive Technology.
If you have any advice that you would like to add to the rules of life list let me know. I will also be adding a page here to track all of the rules as they accumulate.
Categories: Rules for an AT Life
Tags: Assistive, assistive tech, assistive technology, AT, cerebral palsy, cp, disabilities, disability, humor, life, rule, rules, Tech, Technology