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How I Became a Better Occupational Therapist: 10 Ways to Engage with the Disability Community and Grow as a Clinician and Advocate

By Alanna Raffel | May 4, 2021
About eight years ago, as a recently graduated occupational therapist, I began my career working in an acute rehab hospital. The patients on my caseload had recently experienced a stroke or brain injury, and I was completely overwhelmed. I desperately…
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Assistive Technology and Early Intervention

By Tom DiAgostino | April 27, 2021
Presentation This is the slide deck from the presentation. You can access the slides on the website or download them for your convenience. Recording This webinar was recorded on April 26, 2021. The presenters were Kim Singleton CCC, SLP, Hali…
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I’m Worried About My Aging Parent 

By Laura Grassia | April 7, 2021
I’m Worried about my aging parent The baby boomer generation, often referred to as the “gray tsunami”, is growing in leaps and bounds. The 2020 Census now estimates this generation born after WWII (from 1946 to 1964), is around 73…
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Sensory Kits at Philly Vaccine Sites

By Alanna Raffel | March 22, 2021
Sensory kits make getting the COVID-19 vaccine more accessible. According to the CDC, 2.2% of adults in the United States have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). That is five and a half million adults. Many people with autism might be…
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Vaccine Information in Large Print

By Caitlin McKenney | March 15, 2021
New vaccination sites open this week in Philadelphia. Lots of people will get their COVID-19 vaccine. TechOWL wants to make sure they all get the information they need as well! Get Vaccine Info Sheets We worked with FEMA and the…

Assistive Technology Tips: Ironing

By Alanna Raffel | March 3, 2021
Do you have trouble with ironing? For many people with disabilities, some household tasks may be difficult or unsafe. However, there are many strategies and low-cost options that can make tasks like ironing easier and safer. If you have trouble…
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Home Modifications for Low or No Vision

By JuleAnn Lieberman | March 3, 2021
A little about the blog series This post is the first of a  series on making the most of your remaining vision  in combination with tools and strategies that make the most of other senses. I offer these suggestions as…
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AT Lending Library Extends Loans to 9 weeks

By Kim Singleton | February 25, 2021
The Lending Library will now provide 9-week device loans. You asked, we listened The Assistive Technology Lending Library at TechOWL is extending to a 9-week loan period! Before the Coronavirus pandemic our loan period was 3-weeks long and had been…
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Mr. Reid – Consumer Highlight

By Tom DiAgostino | February 18, 2021
#BlackDisabledLivesMatter About Mr. Reid Thomas Reid (He/Him) Mr. Reid is from the Bronx, NYC, but currently live in the Poconos in Northeast PA. He is a Freelance Audio Producer, Voice Over Artist, Audio Description Narrator, Consultant & Advocate. He hosts…
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AT Specialists Network – Pennsylvania

By Kim Singleton | February 8, 2021
Are you an Assistive Technology (AT) specialist or AT director in Pennsylvania? Do you work in accessibility? TechOWL wants to help connect people working in Pennsylvania in Assistive Technology (AT) and accessibility. What to expect: Network with other AT/Accessibility specialist…
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What you need to know about the COVID19 Vaccine

By Caitlin McKenney | February 3, 2021
What you need to know about the COVID19 Vaccine We have been washing our hands and wearing masks to stay healthy. Soon we will have another tool to keep us safe from coronavirus. There is a COVID-19 vaccine.  Reading about getting shots might help you prepare.…
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One-handed Cooking Part 2

By Heather Taber | November 19, 2020
One-handed Cooking Part 2 In continuation of my last post, I would like to share some great appliances that make cooking easier for me. Farberware Hands-Free Battery Operated can opener I like the Farberware Hands-Free Battery Operated can opener. It…
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Adaptive Toy Drive

By Tom DiAgostino | November 18, 2020
Adaptive Toy Drive This project is a partnership between TechOWL, Temple University student organization TemPO, Franklin Institute, and local disability service providers. You can participate by: Donating a toy! We’re collecting toys that move, light up, or make music. Find…
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The ABCs of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

By Hali Strickler | October 1, 2020
The ABCs of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) This is a live recording of the webinar and in-person workshops that were held last spring. AAC Training presented by TechOWL A program of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, College…
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Telehealth in the time of COVID19

By John Flaherty | July 10, 2020
Social distancing requires a lot of creativity in how we handle our day to day business, and one of those adaptations is through visits with a medical professional remotely rather than in person. But how do we help the consumer…
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