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environmental control units

Accessibility Services, Inc. (ASI) has been on the forefront of providing communication devices for quadriplegics and environmental control units for disabled individuals for more than two decades.  We have witnessed first-hand how advances in technology have made the difference in the lives of quadriplegics and their families. While we focus primarily on environmental control units […]

jobs for quadriplegics

Job opportunities for quadriplegics are plentiful if you know what you are looking for and where to look.  Accessibility Services, Inc. takes time to feature different jobs for quadriplegics in hopes of helping you or your loved one explore different career opportunities. This month, we are featuring the position of researcher.  What makes this job […]

ecu control unit

Environmental control units (ECU) have transformed the lives of quadriplegics by giving them independence and the ability to control much of their surroundings.    ECU units in hospital settings have gained popularity over the years. Accessibility Services, Inc. is proud to be considered a leader in the hospital ECU field.  We have installed our autonoME – […]

Online Service Representative

Accessibility Services, Inc. takes time each month to focus on job opportunities for quadriplegics.  We feel employment is an extremely important aspect of helping persons with quadriplegia achieve independence.  Advances in adaptive equipment for quadriplegics, assistive technology for quadriplegics and communication devices for quadriplegics have made it possible to perform tasks that were nearly impossible […]

Quad Squad

Check this out! A group of 20 paraplegics and quadriplegics recently got together for a game of paintball: https://wtkr.com/2018/08/13/unique-paintball-battle-kicks-off-in-virginia-beach/ The participants named their teams (i.e. the quad squad) then embarked on an afternoon of strategy, fun and serious paintball action.  Adaptive equipment for quadriplegics and assistive technology for quadriplegics make what seems impossible possible.  And, […]

Power Pad

The wait is over.  The Power Pad is now available and this highly anticipated product definitely exceeds expectations! Power Pad is being called the industry’s most powerful, all-in-one augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) solution.  Designed for those with complex needs including quadriplegics, the Power Pad is a speech generating device like no other.  For one, […]

Grid Pad

The Grid Pad Go, Grid Pad Eye and Grid Pad Pro models have been replaced by the new 12” Grid Pad. This next generation Grid Pad can accommodate anyone, including quadriplegics, with complex communication and access needs.  The new Grid Pad features a rugged shell and has up to 15 hours of battery life. Perhaps […]

Motivational Speaker

We’ve been taking time to feature various job opportunities for quadriplegics.  This month, we will focus on motivational speaking.  Many motivational speakers have a back story they refer to when addressing a crowd.  Persons with quadriplegia definitely have a story to tell, which is why motivational speaking is one of the more popular jobs for […]

Tragedy Does Not Always Mean an End…Sometimes It’s a New Beginning

We thought we would share a story of a young man who turned a tragedy into a new beginning. A careless moment of drinking, driving and no seat belt led to a violent car crash that resulted in Chris Skinner being thrown from the vehicle and becoming a quadriplegic. Years after the crash, Skinner met […]

Grid 3 Software Update

Grid version 3.0.35 can be accessed in Early Access and will be available for all Grid 3 software users soon. Improvements include: Grid set demo period such as PODD will start without having to run License Manager Dwell activation methods with ‘repeat activation on same cell’ no longer turns off and allows repeat activations when […]

Look to Learn

Are you either preparing for or getting stared with eye gaze?  If so, Look to Learn software is a must!  If you are using an autonoME speech generating device/ECU in hospital or home, Look to Learn software offers an excellent platform to help you master and fine tune eye gaze access. Let’s take a closer […]

Grid 3 Software – The Gold Standard in Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Accessibility Services, Inc. is proud to offer Grid 3 software – the gold standard in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) – with the products we offer.  Whether you are considering a Grid Pad or a custom environmental control unit (ECU) / AAC package such as the autonoME,  you can count on Grid 3 software to […]

Charles Krauthammer

Dr. Charles Krauthammer was a respected physician, columnist and news contributor who was paralyzed from the waist down as a result of a diving accident during his first year of medical school.  Despite his paralysis, he went on to finish medical school and become a psychiatrist.  He later moved to Washington D.C. and directed planning […]

Jobs for Quadriplegics – Customer Service

We have been highlighting various types of jobs for quadriplegics. This month, we will take a look at customer service careers. Customer services jobs provide excellent employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. In fact, quadriplegic assistive technologies including environmental control unit (ECU) devices and a speech generating device have made it possible for persons with […]

What Can an ECU Do for You

Environmental control units (ECU), including hospital ECU devices, are designed to give individuals with disabilities, including quadriplegics, freedom to control their surroundings. Custom environmental control units are specially designed to meet the needs of each individual. Both hospital ECU devices and residential ECU devices provide a plethora of benefits for both users and caregivers alike.  […]

Grid 3 Software Update

There is a new Grid 3 software update as well as some updated versions of Text Talker and Super Core. Grid version 3.0.34 is available in Early Access with the following features: All Acapela, CereProc and Nuance voices that are available in Grid 3 and Grid for iPad are now included PCS symbols are now […]

Accountant Bookkeeper

We have been featuring different jobs for quadriplegics each month. This month, our featured jobs are bookkeeper and accountant. Adaptive equipment for quadriplegics, such as a speech generating device or custom environmental control unit, have made it easier for persons with quadriplegia to enter and/or remain in the work place. A speech generating device for […]

Grid 3 Software Update

If you haven’t already done so, you can now update your Grid 3 software to version 3.0.33.  Check it out: Added Features and Fixes: “Export grid set” option allows users to share grid sets while in Edit mode, making sharing easier and more convenient New “Set home grid” command for creating cells that change the […]

Adaptive Controller

When it comes to adaptive equipment for quadriplegics, gaming controllers are generally not in the mix – until now.  Microsoft has just introduced a new adaptive Xbox controller and its features and capabilities are amazing! Lack of adaptive equipment for quadriplegics in the gaming world has made it difficult for individuals with spinal cord injuries […]

Grid for ipad - Text talker home

Grid for iPad offers complete Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) including symbol and text communication.  It includes content for a variety of ages, literacy levels and conditions. The beauty of Grid for iPad is its ability to auto-sync content so it can be used in conjunction with Grid 3 software.  In fact, all of the […]

Jobs for Quadriplegics

We have been taking time to highlight various jobs for quadriplegics. This months featured job is teacher/instructor. Probably one of the most famous instructors who was a quadriplegic was Stephen Hawking. Diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at the age of 21, Hawking never let ALS define him. Not only did he become an esteemed […]

Grid 3 Software Update

Grid 3.0.32 Available in Early Access The latest Grid 3 software update is available in Early Access and will be available soon to everyone. New features include: “Forward” command for SMS users Significant improvements to Gewa Environment Control Improved corner access as zoom to click now zooms in off the edges of the screen New […]

Grid Pad Eye 13

The Grid Pad Eye is a communications device that also acts as an environmental control unit for disabled individuals, specifically quadriplegics.  The Grid Pad Eye is an advanced piece of adaptive equipment for quadriplegics, featuring a 13”screen and equipped with the powerful Grid 3 software. This high spec tablet operates on Windows 10. Perhaps the […]

Software Developer

Featured Job: Software Developer Quadriplegics with a passion for designing software solutions can find exciting jobs in the software development field. Software development is among the most popular jobs for quadriplegics because it does not require any physical labor and can be performed at a desk using assistive technology and a computer.  And, there are […]

Stephen Hawking

The world recently lost a great physicist, cosmologist and author. Stephen Hawking’s scientific work and theories will live on forever, as will his brave fight with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which he was diagnosed with at age 21. Hawking never let his diagnosis hold him back from having a family and successful career. One of […]

Grid 3 Software Update

Grid 3 software’s latest updates include a number of added features and improvements. Here’s a rundown of what’s new: Update 3.0.31 Added option to change the color of a cell when a word list is selected; this is especially useful for grid sets with multiple word lists on the page. Smart grammar improvements make it […]

Text Talker

Communications devices for quadriplegics continue to advance thanks to new Grid Sets available for Grid 3 software. Text Talker is not a typical text-to-speech keyboard. It features advanced augmentative and alternative (AAC) capabilities which promote natural and efficient text communication. Featuring patented chat history technology, Text Talker can remember everything an individual says and allows […]

ECU in Hospital Setting

More and more occupational and physical therapists are realizing the benefit of utilizing environmental control units for disabled individuals in hospital settings.  An environmental control unit (ECU) is a type of adaptive equipment for quadriplegics and individuals with various types of disabilities.  It allows patients, especially those with spinal cord injuries, to gain control of […]

Grid 3 Software Update

Be sure to keep your Grid 3 software up to date to ensure your unit is equipped with the latest and greatest features.  The Grid 3.0.30 update includes: Merged Quick Write and Write commands to make editing easier A new, simpler Write command Cells now remember the predictions when you return to a grid thanks […]

Quadriplegics and Sports

Yes, You Can Play! Many people think that actively participating in sports is over once they become a quadriplegic.  Adaptive equipment for quadriplegics, including environmental control units for disabled individuals, have made it possible to do more than ever before. Communication devices for quadriplegics have even given a person who has lost their ability to […]

ASI and Veterans

Fred Thompson – U.S. Army veteran – founded Accessibility Services, Inc. in 1989. His vision to was to customize and provide the most advanced environmental control units for disabled veterans with spinal cord injuries. Thompson was disappointed to find that in general, adaptive equipment for quadriplegics , communications devices for quadriplegics and quadriplegic assistive technologies […]

Grid 3 Software Update

Be sure to keep your Grid3 software up to date.  Each update offers new features and fixes designed to enhance the performance and function of your autonoME and/or Grid Pad device.  Grid 3.0.30 includes: Merging of the Quick Write and Write commands to make editing easier. Incorporation of a new ‘Last suggested’ option for populating […]

Attending ATIA?  If So, We Would Love to Meet You! 2

ASI’s Brice Green will be presenting a session alongside our good friend Neil Hansen from Smartbox at the 2018 Assistive Technology Industry (ATIA) conference held on January 30th – February 3rd at the Caribe Royale Hotel and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida: Combining Environmental Control with Speech Generation to Achieve Maximum Independence Thursday, February 1st […]

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) has improved vastly over the years, especially in quadriplegic assistive technologies.  The autonoME is not only an environmental control unit for disabled individuals, but it is also one of the most advanced communication devices for quadriplegics on the market today. Powered by Grid 3 software, the autonoME offers one of […]

Grid 3 Software – The Gold Standard in Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Here is a sneak peek of the Grid 3.0.39. The newest Grid 3 software update which will be available soon is now in Early Access. Record messages directly in Grid 3 via the new “record message” command for Message banking. Grid 3 software will now support the Irisbond Duo eye gaze camera with this update. […]

Grid 3 Software Update

Version 3.0.28 is now available The latest version of Grid 3 software is now available. New features include: Message banking – this augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) feature enables users to record phrases that can be played at any time. Record and manage messages in Speech settings Fast Talker 3 includes a new ‘Message banking’ […]

Grid 3 Software – The Gold Standard in Augmentative and Alternative Communication

This article is one of a series of articles discussing why Grid 3 software is ideal for quadriplegic assistive technology.  Communications devices for quadriplegics need to have custom options, as no two disabilities are alike. Today we will discuss accessible tools and apps, input methods and computer control. Grid 3 software accessible tools and apps […]

Grid 3 Software – The Gold Standard in Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Grid 3 software is the industry gold standard when it comes to environmental control units for disabled individuals and communications devices for quadriplegics.  No disability or debilitating disease is alike, which is why it is best to customize any type of adaptive equipment for quadriplegics.  Accessibility Services, Inc. (ASI) not only customizes our products to […]

autonoMEgo 3

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is a term used to describe communication methods designed to either supplement or replace writing or speech. AAC may be needed either on a temporary or permanent basis. AAC is commonly used to refer to individuals with language and speech impairments caused by conditions including spinal cord injuries, quadriplegia and […]

Suddenly a Quadriplegic

We were moved by a story of a husband, father and business executive in Australia.  It seemed Darren Houghton lived a quiet, normal, everyday life until one day, tragedy suddenly struck.  Darren fell off a balcony in his home, breaking his neck and crushing his spinal cord.  The accident left him a C4 incomplete quadriplegic, […]

Grid 3 Software Update

It’s time for another Grid 3 software update.  New features in the latest Grid 3 software update include: EyeTech cameras now include a two-point calibration option. This new feature offers an effective and easy way to get started with eye gaze with better accuracy near the edges of the screen Flash cards featuring larger font […]

Why is an Environmental Control Unit So Important?

Imagine suddenly not being able to walk, talk, type on a keyboard, open your window shades, turn on a fan or tune your television to your favorite television show.  For thousands of quadriplegics and individuals with a spinal cord injury or debilitating disease, this nightmare has become a harsh reality.  Dealing with the physical aspects […]

Phonics for All Now available in Grid 3

Accessibility Services, Inc. recently made history by installing the autonoMe (environmental control unit/speech generating device) in the Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, Minnesota.  The autonoME’s – used for both environmental control and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) – were the first devices of their kind installed in a pediatric hospital in the state […]

Grid 3 Software Update

It is a good practice to keep your autonoME (environmental control unit/speech generating device) and/or Grid Pad powered by Grid 3 software up to date to ensure optimal performance. The latest Grid 3 software update – Grid 3.0.26 – is now available for download. New features include: Option for Eye Gaze calibration to view video […]

ASI’s Brice Green Selected to Present at the 2018 Assistive Technology Industry Conference (ATIA)

Our own Brice Green has been selected to present at the ATIA 2018 conference in Orlando, Florida held January 21st – February 3rd, 2018.  Green will be presenting a session titled, Combining Environmental Control with Speech Generation to Achieve Maximum Independence.  According to Green: “Effectively combining environmental control with speech generation can be challenging, especially […]

Parachuting, Anyone?

As you probably already know, everyone here at ASI are huge advocates of independence. We’ve built our business on and dedicated our lives to helping quadriplegics achieve independence in their lives. Perhaps this is why stories like the one below touch our hearts: Check this out: Talk about independence – whoa!!!  This group of paraplegics […]

WordPower 60 – Proven Success with AAC

If you are looking for a proven alternative augmentative communication (AAC) grid set for your automoME (environmental control unit/speech generating device) or Grid Pad, look no further! WordPower 60 is now available and it is absolutely awesome.  WordPower 60 was created as a result of the incredible response to last year’s release of WordPower 100.  […]

Grid 3 Software Update

Grid 3.0.25 is now live! The latest Grid 3 software update brings enhanced features and performance to Grid Pad’s and the autonoMe (environmental control unit / speech generating device).  Version 3.0.25 is now live and ready for download.  Some features include: Easier sign-up process to create a new user Both standard users and the primary […]

ASI’s autonoME Makes History at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare

Accessibility Services, Inc. (ASI) had the opportunity to install our autonoME environmental control units/speech generating devices in three specialty rooms at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. KSTP TV- 5 in St. Paul, Minnesota covered the story, as it is the only pediatric hospital in the state outfitted with this type of technology.  The young man featured […]

Grid 3 Software – The Gold Standard in Augmentative and Alternative Communication

No two spinal cord injuries or diseases are alike.  One quadriplegic paralyzed from a car accident can be left with completely different abilities than another. A person with a debilitating disease such as ALS or MS may lose certain abilities as their disease progresses.  Switch scanning is so important because it allows the user to […]