Getting somewhere is one thing but getting in can be a whole other kettle of barriers. In this video, Zebreda demonstrates how she modified a standard key turner design into one that provides easy access to her storage unit. The lesson: Use a good idea and make it better.
Sometimes it just requires one to put on a "thinking-cap," or as Zebreda demonstrates in this video, her baseball cap. Assistive technology can be a simple adaptation of whatever is close at hand—or on top of your head.
Now that activities of daily living include a wide range of electronic transactions—everything from ATM machines to parking meters—there's now a growing list of barriers to what were once simple tasks of daily living. In this video, Zebereda demonstrates her solution to keeping her Transit Access Pass (TAP) within reach.
It's great that more and more public transportation is now accessible—that is if you can get to the platform. "Gate Opener" is a video that demonstrates how Zebreda devised a simple, practical and affordable solution to literally opening a barrier (i.e. a closed gate) to public transportation.
As a young girl, Zebreda had fond memories of working with an occupational therapist at school. One project was to adapt a pair of scissors so she could cut paper independently. In this video, Zebreda tells the story of how they conceived, constructed, tweaked and came up with the perfect adaptation. And wait till you find out how Zebreda uses that pair of scissors today!
Remember, assistive technology can be any item, piece of equipment, or product, whether bought off the shelf, modified, or customized that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities—and for that matter, anyone else.
Found the perfect, Bluetooth, long-life battery, high-quality audio headset to manage your telephone calls and enjoy your favorite radio station only to then discover the plastic earpiece cuts into your skin? Yuk! But in this video, Zebreda demonstrates a creative solution—one customized in collaboration with a friend at a local dry cleaners.
Nothing like a charged-up, power wheelchair to get you around town—just as long as you keep your hand on the wheel (aka joystick). In this video, Zebreda demonstrates a simple and practical solution that guarantees that her hand stays firmly on the "wheel."