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Me and My AT

By Alanna Raffel | August 20, 2021
Me and my Assistive Technology Assistive Technology is incredibly important. It is even more important that teachers know about this technology and how to best support students with their technology. TechOWL has made a quick resource page to fill out…
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Augmentative and Alternative Communication and the IEP

By Hali Strickler | August 18, 2021
Augmentative and Alternative Communication and the IEP ***Please note these are suggestions. All IEPs MUST be individualized to meet the unique needs of each student. If a student needs Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), then it is important for that…
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Assistive Technology and the IEP/IFSP

By Alanna Raffel | August 18, 2021
Assistive Technology and the IEP/IFSP Including Assistive Technology (AT) in the IEP/IFSP is important to student success. It should be a collaborative team effort to determine which types of AT would be most beneficial. Including AT wherever appropriate will ensure…
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Assistive Technology in School

By Alanna Raffel | August 12, 2021
Assistive Technology in Schools It’s almost back to school time! That means new backpacks and school supplies. For some students, it also means making sure that you have everything you need to be successful at school. Assistive technology (AT) allows…
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Insights Newsletter

By Tom DiAgostino | August 5, 2021
Insight Newsletter TechOWL wants you to know about the amazing work that we do! We will publish a new insights newsletter every 3 months for everyone to keep up with all of the amazing work that we do at TechOWL!
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TechOWL Insights Spring 2021

By Tom DiAgostino | August 4, 2021
TechOWL Insights Spring 2021 Pennsylvania’s designated Assistive Technology Act Program 9 regional centers across the Commonwealth of PA. Funded by the federal and state governments as well as other grants TechOWL helps Pennsylvanians find technology, tools and gadgets to live…

Annual Report 2019-2020

By Tom DiAgostino | June 14, 2021
Here is TechOWL’s annual report reflecting the service that we provided from July 2019 to June 2020. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or comments. TECHOWL ANNUAL REPORT 2019-2020
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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
Assistive Technology and Early Intervention Assistive Technology helps kids learn, play, and grow 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…
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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…