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PRC has announced a 50% off discount for the iOS communication app LAMP Words for Life.

In celebration of World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd, this discount will be valid from April 1st through April 4th only.  With a regular price of $299.99, the 50% discount will bring the cost of this app down to $149.99 for significant savings.

LAMP Words for Life was designed for those with Autism who have difficulty verbalizing their thoughts and needs.  The letters L A M P stand for Language Aquisition through Motor Planning.  LAMP was designed so that symbols and words never change location on the screen, making it easier to remember their location through muscle memory.  And with three levels, LAMP can accommodate a range of communication abilities.

If you are in the market for the LAMP app, be sure to make your purchase of this iOS app in the iTunes store during the four-day sale starting April 1, 2018!

 

Disability Etiquette

Resource contributed by Natalie Kelly from Forever Curious

Is there a correct way to talk to or about someone with a disability?

Yes, there is!  Or at least there is a way that is most respectful and considerate to those with disabilities.

Brush up on your disability etiquette skills by reading the tips and suggestions provided by The United Spinal Association.  A couple of the tips include asking before you help and putting the person first.  Read more about these topics and many more at the following link: Disability Etiquette

 

erin swann, assistive technology specialist, speaking during a broadcast of al jazeera english's show, the stream

Yesterday afternoon, Erin Swann, an Assistive Technology Specialist for MDTAP, participated in a live broadcast of Al Jazeera English’s show, The Stream.

The topic of conversation for this episode was accessibility and assistive technology for people with disabilities.

Erin described some of the services that MDTAP provides and informed the International audience about the existence of other Tech Act Programs similar to MDTAP in every US State and Territory.

Other guests on the show included Haben Girma, Maryangel Garcia-Ramos, and Corinne Weible. View the full discussion in the video below!

 

 

Contributed by Rene Schecker, Volunteer Manager with the Metropolitan Washington Ear

Metropolitan Washington Ear is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization providing free news and information services for blind, visually-impaired, and physically disabled residents of Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. We strive to substitute hearing for seeing, improving the lives of people with little or no vision by enabling them to be well-informed, fully-productive members of their families, their communities, and the working world. Our services reduce isolation and depression and help people maintain their dignity and independence.

In addition to national and international news, our listeners rely on the immense amount of local information we provide, including: weekly food and shopping ads, TV listings, election guides, movie and live theatre schedules (including Audio Described performances), community newsletters, notices of meetings and events, and public service announcements of particular interest to the blind, visually-impaired, and physically disabled community.

Services are completely free and include: 

  • 24/7 radio broadcast using radios pre-tuned to our station and a subcarrier channel from WETA-FM.
  • 24/7 telephone dial-in news and information service accessed by using a touch-tone telephone that allows the caller to skip and scan newspapers, magazines, and other information just as a sighted person does when reading a publication. 
  • Personal look-up service every evening.
  • Audio-Description of live stage performances in nine theaters in the DC metropolitan area.

We will happily provide services to anyone who requests it and provides certification that they are unable to effectively read ordinary print because of visual or physical limitations.  Learn more at Metropolitan Washington Ear.

 

Contributed by Jenny Thompson with BestMattressReviews

Do you or a loved one have Alzheimer’s Disease? Learn more about the potential sleep problems that people with Alzheimer’s Disease experience and strategies for improving them: Alzheimer’s and Sleep

 

Contributed by Karen Weeks of Elder Wellness

For many seniors, staying on top of health concerns can be a big job, especially if stress is a factor. It’s important to try and eliminate any negative feelings that might contribute to physical or mental health issues, and that’s not always easy when you’re worrying about yourself as well as your spouse or partner.

Fortunately, there are many ways you can stay on top of your wellbeing and remain healthy, vital, and active for years to come. It takes a bit of planning and an open mind, but in order to stay in good shape, it’s sometimes necessary to move away from the way you’ve always done things. Change up your routine a little and ask for help from friends and family when you need it; having their support may make a world of difference.

Here are a few ways you can improve your mental and physical health and maintain them.

Open up to technology

It’s difficult for people of any age to keep up with all the changes made in the world of technology, but it can be especially hard for seniors who aren’t as “plugged in” as young people. There are many apps for smartphones and tablets these days that are either specially-made or work well for seniors, however, including games that help boost brain health and helpers that assist in finding your car in a large parking lot. Check out this article for more info on all the best apps to keep you sharp.

Daily exercise

Daily exercise is an important part of staying healthy, especially for seniors. Just make sure it’s a routine that keeps your safety in mind; for instance, walking, swimming, and gardening are great ways to stay active, while running and bike-riding may be more difficult for seniors who are dealing with balance or mobility issues.

If you have a dog, be sure to incorporate him into your workouts. You could opt to head out to a nearby dog park or walk the trails (leashed) at a nearby park. If you’re unfamiliar where to find the nearest dog park, start with a website like Rover.com, where you’ll find dog parks listed by city. Here are a few examples: Saint PaulMiamiSan JoseIndianapolisAlbuquerquePortlandKnoxvilleMadisonCalgary, and Raleigh. It’s worth the effort: dogs are wonderful exercise companions because they’ll keep you motivated, and spending time with animals can actually help lower blood pressure and boost your mood.

Get involved

Getting involved in your community can do wonders for your mental and emotional health, so look for ways you can give back, such as volunteering at the local library, gathering warm coats and gloves for underprivileged kids in winter, or organizing a benefit for the arts. Giving back is a great way to boost your self-confidence and stay active and vital. Go here for more ways to get involved.

Join a club

 Do a bit of research to find out what kinds of clubs are available to seniors in your area, such as a dance group, a bowling club, or an art appreciation group that meets once or twice a week. Every city has something different, so hop online to find the best options in your community. If there’s nothing that appeals to you, consider starting your own club! Ask a few friends to join you in gardening every weekend, or get together for coffee once a week to discuss a book or movie. Being a part of something can help you stay active, beat loneliness, and will give you something to look forward to.

These are just a few ideas; you can use some of these or create your own ways to stay healthy. Think of the things you enjoy doing and put an active spin on them; get a friend or relative to join you; remember to plan for safety before starting a new routine. Talk to your doctor about the best ways you can stay on top of your health.

 

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