ST. PAUL, Minn.--()--AbleNet, Inc. is featuring its newest and most popular access, environmental control and communications products at the NextGen National In-Home Healthcare Demonstration Home. This model home is featured at the Medtrade 2010 Conference and will showcase the latest advances in home healthcare products and services. The conference is being held November 15–18, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.
“Easy-Tech Assistive Technology Solutions for Improved Quality of Life.”
Four of AbleNet communications and assistive technologies will be included in the NextGen home, giving conference attendees first-hand experience with the many easy-to-use and affordable accessibility products that enhance independent and functional living for people with disabilities. These innovative products include two SiCare Environmental Control Unit (ECU) models, the Possum Sero! accessible telephone, and the Possum Primo! remote control.
“Contributing AbleNet’s environmental control and communications devices to the NextGen home is a rare opportunity to give users and their families a glimpse of how powerful these devices are in transforming everyday life,” said AbleNet CEO Jen Thalhuber. “Staying at home and living a life of independence is the goal for most persons with disabilities, regardless if the physical limits are due to disease, aging, accidents or other causes. These are issues persons with disabilities face the world over, and AbleNet is committed to its core mission of serving them with innovative products and services on a global scale.”
VP of Global Business Adam Wing will be presenting at the conference. The presentation will be on November 17 from 1–2 p.m. and is titled “Easy-Tech Assistive Technology Solutions for Improved Quality of Life.” In this session, Wing will provide many examples to help professionals, users and families understand how to effectively use switches, easy-tech communication aides and simple environmental control units. Wing is a well-known international speaker and writer in the assistive technology and disability field. He is on the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Technology Access (ATA), a 20-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to technology access for all.
The company is also sponsoring a booth (3061) to feature additional AbleNet products.
AbleNet Products Showcased at the NextGen Home:
SiCare ECU products convert spoken commands into signals that control numerous devices such at televisions, telephones, lights and electric beds. AbleNet offers two different SiCare products based on the level of customization required.
For basic Infrared (IR) functionality, the SiCare Light II offers simple programming with 15 pre-set menus of commands, including television, bed, TV, satellite and light.
SiCare Standard adds fully customizable menus and Radio Frequency (RF) control to reach additional devices. This is ideal for users with multiple IR and RF devices in their home or who need an unlimited number of functions at their control.
Possum Sero! is a telephone providing a loud speaker capability, remote control of the telephone and an answering machine with communication aid functions. The Sero! has 50 recordable phrases (each 60 seconds long) allowing people with partial or no voice to communicate crucial messages over the telephone.
Possum Primo! is an easy-to-use, affordable device providing remote control of the immediate environment to give independence and reassurance to users and caregivers. Primo! can be used as a simple system providing a limited number of functions or configured to control a comprehensive environmental control system, incorporating remote control telephones, intercoms and PCs as well as many other devices.
Primo!’s functionality also enables PC access to the Internet, email, electronic media and desktop applications. Every Primo! system is tailored to meet the exact needs of each individual and can be readapted as users’ needs.
To learn more about these products,visit www.ablenetinc.com.
AbleNet is an international company and industry leader in providing educational and technical solutions to help children and adults with disabilities lead productive and fulfilled lives. This includes a complete line of communication aids for nonverbal individuals; access aids, such as switches and wheelchair-mounting devices for people who require physical supports; and special education classroom curriculum and software that both enhance and help ensure learning progress. The products are represented in more than 60 countries and used in hundreds of thousands of classrooms in the United States and across the globe. AbleNet is an ESOP company located in Roseville, Minnesota. For more information visit www.ablenetinc.com.