assistive technology

How To Reuse and Recycle Adaptive Equipment

Assistive TechnologyThere are many ways to “go green,” such as turning off lights after leaving a room, unplugging appliances and chargers not being used or recycling items you no longer need. The Reused and Exchanged Equipment Partnership (REEP) Online Classifieds support the “go green” effort by using the same concept for adaptive equipment. 

Nurturing Innovation

One of the strengths that drew me to Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network was the organizational culture. Each staff member is ingrained with a high level of compassion and spirit of innovation that have become the calling cards of the Good Shepherd brand.

Consumer Electronics Devices Impact Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology

Imagine devices that allow you to control your computer without touching a keyboard, mouse or screen, or let you effortlessly traverse a virtual world using a 3D headset and multi-directional treadmill.  High-tech devices like these already exist and may be at your local electronics store soon.

PIAT … What Is That?

PIATIf you are living in Pennsylvania and you have a disability, you can benefit from Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT).  PIAT strives to enhance the lives of all Pennsylvanians with disabilities, older Pennsylvanians, and their families, through access to and acquisition of assistive technology devices and services.

Technology Gives a Voice to Children with Impaired Language Skills

“Hello.”
“Thank you.”
“I love you.”

These are all simple phrases that help us connect with the outside world. But, what if you could not speak to communicate your needs or express yourself? Technology can literally give you a voice.

Low and High Tech Devices Broaden Horizons for Those with Disabilities

There's no doubt that technology has changed our world — making it easier to stay connected. But for many people with disabilities, technology provides something much more valuable than convenience, it provides independence.

Assistive technology (AT) is a very broad term that is used across disciplines to describe any device or system that allows one with disabilities to increase their ability to function and maintain independence.

Driving After a Stroke

Driving a car is not only convenient, and a majority of the time necessary, but it also provides a feeling of independence. For many individuals who have suffered a life-changing event, such as a stroke, that feeling of independence is important.

eLEGS Another Example of the Raker Legacy of Innovation

elegs exoskeletonThe legacy of the Raker family, who founded Good Shepherd more than 100 years ago, is a legacy of innovation, and examples of this organization’s innovative spirit can be found throughout our storied history.

More than Fun and Games: The Apple iPad as a Tool for People with Disabilities

Apple iPad at Good ShepherdLately, everyone has been talking about the Apple® iPad®. It’s on everyone’s Christmas list this year, because it can be used for many applications. You can send e-mail with the iPad, play music via iTunes, download pictures, surf the web and much more.

The AlterG (formerly Tibion) Is Helping Stroke Survivors Take Bionic Steps Forward

Good Shepherd Tibion Bionic LegOften neurological issues such as stroke result in unilateral weakness, where one side of the body is weaker than the other. When this occurs, physical therapy is often used to help retrain the muscles – and the brain – to function properly.

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