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Jobs for Quadriplegics – Bookkeeper / Accountant

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 […]

Have You Updated Your Grid 3 Software?

The Latest Grid 3 Software Update (Version 3.0.33) is Now Available

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 […]

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Hey Gamers – Microsoft’s New Adaptive Xbox Controller is Here!

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 […]

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Grid for iPad

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

Jobs for Quadriplegics – Teacher / Instructor

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 […]

Have You Updated Your Grid 3 Software?

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 […]

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Featured Product: Grid Pad Eye

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

Jobs for Quadriplegics – 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

Saying Goodbye to An Inspirational Legend

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 […]

Have You Updated Your Grid 3 Software?

Grid 3.0.31 Now Available for Everyone; Grid Version 3.0.3.2 Available on Early Access

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

Text Talker Grid Set Promotes Natural and Efficient Text Communication

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

How Environmental Control Units for Disabled Individuals Benefit Patients in Hospital Settings

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 […]

Have You Updated Your Grid 3 Software?

Grid 3.0.30 is Now Available

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

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

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 […]

Have You Updated Your Grid 3 Software?

Grid 3.0.30 is now available in Early Access

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 […]

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

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 […]

Simple AAC – A Comfortable Way to Introduce Augmentative and Alternative Communication

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 […]

Have You Updated Your Grid 3 Software?

Grid 3.0.29 – Available Soon

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. […]

Have You Updated Your Grid 3 Software?

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’ […]

Have You Updated Your Grid 3 Software?

Grid 3 Software – Why We Choose It for Our Customized Quadriplegic Assistive Technologies (Part Two)

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 […]

Have You Updated Your Grid 3 Software?

Grid 3 Software – Why We Choose It for Our Customized Quadriplegic Assistive Technologies (Part One)

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 […]

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What is Augmentative and Alternative Communication?

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

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, […]

Have You Updated Your Grid 3 Software?

Grid 3.0.27 – Available in Early Access

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?

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

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 […]

Have You Updated Your Grid 3 Software?

Latest Grid 3 Software Update – Grid 3.0.26 is Now Live

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)

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?

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

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.  […]

Have You Updated Your Grid 3 Software?

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

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 […]

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Augmentative and Assistive Communication (AAC) – Why is Switch Scanning So Important?

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 […]

Environmental Control Units and Speech Generating Devices – AdaptABILITY is key

Environmental Control Units and Speech Generating Devices – AdaptABILITY is key

Whether someone is a quadriplegic because of a spinal cord injury or debilitating disease such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or multiple sclerosis (MS), the key to independence is found in the adaptability of their environmental control unit (ECU) or speech generating device (SGD).  The autonoME is a combined ECU and SGD with full augmentative […]

Have You Updated Your Grid 3 Software?

Grid 3 Software Update

Grid 3.0.24 is now available in Early Access.  In addition to its easy to learn interface, ASI chooses Grid 3 software because we can count on regular updates.  This, in turn, helps us ensure our clients have the latest and most advanced speech generating device / augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) capabilities.  Let’s take a […]

Have You Updated Your Grid 3 Software?

The Latest Grid 3 Update

Grid 3.0.23 Now Available for Early Access You can count on continual updates to your Grid 3 software. These updates are designed to ensure users have access to all of the latest and greatest features and capabilities. If you are an Early Access client, you can download the update now. Let’s take a look at […]

The True Meaning of Memorial Day

The True Meaning of Memorial Day

Summer is just around the corner, which means people will be dusting off their grills and preparing their Memorial Day picnics.  As time passes, it seems the true meaning of Memorial Day has started to fade.  While many older generations understand the purpose for the holiday, newer generations sometimes either don’t understand or misinterpret its […]

Veterans Administration Launches Website

Veterans Administration Launches “Access and Quality in VA Healthcare” Website

If you or someone you love is a veteran, the Veterans Administration (VA) has recently launched a new website you will definitely want to check out: When you land on the website home page, you will find four areas: How Quickly Can My VA Facility See Me? Click on this area to determine how quickly […]

Have You Updated Your Grid 3 Software?

Grid 3 Updates

Version 3.0.21 Now Available Version 3.0.22 Available on Early Access Ongoing updates, features and bug fixes all contribute to making Grid 3 software the industry gold standard.  Just like with a standard computer, tablet or smartphone, we encourage you to update your software on a regular basis to ensure you are able to take advantage […]

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Look to Learn – The Quickest, Easiest Way to Learn Eye Gaze

The autonoME is equipped with the ability to use various input methods for operation.  One very popular input method is eye gaze.  Since the autonoME is both an environmental control unit (ECU) and speech generating device (SGD), eye gaze can be used for communication and tasks such as turning on lights, controlling the bed, calling […]

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Employment Opportunities for Quadriplegics

Getting back into the job market after a debilitating injury or disease can be challenging, but it is certainly not impossible.  Accessibility Service, Inc. specializes in helping quadriplegics achieve independence in their everyday lives.  The autonoME is an environmental control unit (ECU) and speech generating device (SGD) all in one package.  Its accessibility options feature […]

Maintaining Your autonoME

Maintaining Your autonoME

It is highly recommended that you conduct regular maintenance on your autonoME and its accessories.  The beauty of your environmental control unit (ECU) / speech generating device (SGD) is that it is fairly simple to clean and maintain.  The microphone, microphone widescreen, sip and puff filter and straw should be cleaned and/or replaced as needed […]

New Breakthrough Offers Hope to Those with Autoimmune Diseases

New Breakthrough Offers Hope to Those with Autoimmune Diseases

Autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS) can cause paralysis in its most progressive form.  We understand the devastating effects of MS all too well.  We have several clients who have MS and use the autonoME environmental control unit/speech generating device to help them achieve independence. Earlier this month, some promising research was released.  The […]

Have You Updated Your Grid 3 Software?

Have You Updated Your Grid 3 Software?

Grid 3 version 3.0.20 was released earlier this month.  If you have not yet updated your software, here are some features you can look forward to in the latest version: Updated Web Browser The updated browser is more compatible with sites such as Facebook, YouTube and WhatsApp. Creating Activities The latest Grid 3 version features […]

Amazon Echo Grid Set Now Available

Amazon Echo Grid Set Now Available

The Amazon Echo now has its own grid set! The Amazon Echo took the world by storm back in December, making it one of the hottest holiday gifts. Now, users can operate the echo using their Grid Pad. You need to make sure you are using the latest Grid 3 software. Once the grid set […]

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Grid Pad Go – Now in Two Sizes!

New in 2017, the Grid Pad Go now comes in your choice of two sizes.  The Grid Pad Go 8 still has an 8” capacitive touch screen.  The latest addition – the Grid Pad Go 10 – features a 10” capacitive touch screen.  Both models boast the powerful Grid 3 software, complemented by the Windows […]

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Veterans Administration Benefits

Veterans with qualifying disabilities may be eligible to receive the autonoME environmental control unit/speech generating device free of charge through the Veterans Administration (VA).  In fact, we have customized and installed the autonoME in the homes of hundreds of veterans. The autonoME is specifically designed for individuals with spinal cord injuries, brain injuries and quadriplegics […]

autonoME Features (part four)

autonoME Features (part four)

Today we will take a look at the various input methods that can be used with the autonoME. Clients use the autonoME as an environmental control unit (ECU) and speech generating device (SGD). In fact, its alternative augmentative communication (AAC) features are especially popular.  Each person’s needs are different, so we customize the autonoME for […]

Self-Driving Vehicles Could Benefits Disabled

Self-Driving Vehicles Could Benefits Disabled

A recent study by the Ruderman Family Foundation in Boston highlighted how self-driving cars can benefit individuals with disabilities. According to the study, not only would the vehicles make it easier and more cost-effective for people with disabilities to travel, but it would open up a plethora of new job opportunities. While there are still […]