September 2011 COMPASS News
Not really sure what Iowa Compass has to offer?
Want to share what we do with others?
Check out our new YouTube channel to see a short video about what we can do for Iowans with disabilities, their families and service providers. It also has great information on some common questions that we get at Iowa Compass. Check out this link to our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/iowacompass.
Free Training Webinar Available for Proloquo2go
Proloquo2Go™ is a product from AssistiveWare that provides a communication solution for people who have difficulty speaking. It brings natural sounding text-to-speech voices and extreme ease of use to the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
In July, August and September 2011, AssistiveWare offered two sets of free Proloquo2Go webinars, one for Special Needs professionals and one for users, families, and caregivers. These will available as podcasts through iTunes. For more information on the webinar series and podcasts, visit www.assistiveware.com/podcasts.php
Communication Devices and Young Children
This new webcast on AAC and Young Children (20 minutes) by Kathy Drager, Janice Light, and David McNaughton provides an introduction to Augmented and Alternative Communication .
Would you like to try out a CapTel phone in your town? Relay Iowa Captioned Telephone (CapTelŪ) Placement Program
Relay Iowa provides information about the variety of adapted phone devices and support services available for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or have difficulty speaking. The Captioned Telephone or CapTel phone allows users to speak for themselves and listen to the other party while reading word-for-word captions of what's said to them on the bright built-in display screen.
In order for individuals to decide if the CapTel could help them, their loved ones or friends, Relay Iowa has implemented a program called the CapTel Placement Program. For a period of time, a CapTel demo phone is placed within the participating business, agency or facility so that individuals and their families or service providers have the ability to use the phone and service at their leisure.
The CapTel Placement Program also provides opportunities for employee training and community workshops or presentations that focus on the benefits of CapTel and in-depth information on how to use the phone and service.
There is a lot of adapted equipment currently listed on the UERS site. These are just a few of the good deals you can find:
· Walk-in Bathtub – Palo, IA
· Chair Stair Lift – Waterloo
· 4 Chair lifts – Kingsley, Ankeny, Ames and Sioux City
· Patient Lifts – Marcus, Evansdale, Dubuque and Sanborn
· Adapted motorcycle – Michigan
· 4 scooters – Gowie, Coon Rapids, Epworth, and Bettendorf
· 11 Adapted vans or vehicles with lifts or ramps
· 13 Power Wheelchairs
Go to www.iowacompass.org/
and click on Used Equipment (UERS) to find these and all the other available devices. Or you can call Iowa COMPASS at 800-779-2001 and someone will help with the list. This QR code will take you to the online listings at www.iowacompass.org/
. To use it, visit your app store and download a QR reader. Scan the code with your smart phone.