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Using Twitter as Assistive Technology

Using Twitter as Assistive Technology
Posted: 18 Aug 2014 10:00 AM PDT
The following short closed captioned video provides a great, simple and easy AT idea for executive function or episodic memory loss.
The idea? Use Twitter – a free program/app – to tweet to yourself about your daily activities. Then, you can search them easily if you don’t remember something that you did or what happened in previous days. You don’t have to make your tweets public, you can just store all of your tweets to yourself!
The following video explains how to set up a Twitter account and do this – so even someone that is not familiar with social media channels should not feel intimidated by this idea. The instructions are very easy to follow.
One thing to note, Emily mentions that, when going back to your tweets to find a word or phrase you can type Command + F on a Mac, and, for the record, on a PC you can do the same thing by using the Control + F button.
Here is the official description of the video. Enjoy!
Temple University Occupational Therapy student Emily Wishnick interviews Tom Dixon about the use of Twitter to help with episodic memory loss due to a Traumatic Brain Injury. Created with Megan Webb.

To learn more about Tom Dixon and his story you can view Parts 1, 2, & 3 of his talk:
Traumatic Brain Injury? Technologically Beyond it!
Part I: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1akftx
Part II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vM7UpGZ4YyM
Part III: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFSArdjetQc

AT Network is conducting survey

AT Network

AT Network

Do you use devices, software, technology, gadgets or apps to live more independently or serve people who do?  Do you care about assistive technology?  Are you interested in learning more about a particular assistive technology issue?

If you answered “Yes” to any of the questions above and live in California, then we want to hear from you! The AT Network is conducting a survey of disability community members, advocates, families, educators, and people who care about assistive technology to identify AT Network’s training topics.

To take the survey, please go to: 


Responses will be used to develop the AT Network’s 2014-2015 training topics.  Please take a moment to complete the survey no later than Friday, March 14th.  There are nine (9) questions and all responses are anonymous.

Please share this survey announcement with your networks or anyone who may be interested.

Should you have any questions or have trouble accessing the survey please don’t hesitate to contact Rosemarie Punzalan via email at rosemarie@cfilc.org.

Be well,

Rosemarie Punzalan, Program Coordinator

Technical Assistance Emphasis
California Foundation for Independent Living Centers
1234 H St. Suite 100 Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-325-1690 ext 343 | E-mail: rosemarie@cfilc.org


For the 6th consecutive year, the Redding area has benefited from a community event called the Healthy Aging Summit.  This year the event continued under the primary sponsorship of the Independent Living Services of Northern California, led by Pam Thomason, Senior Specialist.  Under her direction, the Summit assumed an emphasis on promoting vision health for seniors 55 and over.

The core organizing was done with a committee composed of Pam, Deborah Uhl, Independent Living Specialist at ILSNC, Melinda Santos from Prevent Blindness and a community volunteer.  Additional help came from the Redding chapter of AARP, previous primary sponsors of the event, and the Opportunity Center, who assisted with the mailings.  We were able to use the Shasta Senior Nutrition building, a convenient setting for seniors.

Prominent local healthcare professionals provided expert advice to the seniors.  Robert Fox, MD in Ophthalmology, was a featured speaker.  Along with Dr. Fox, the staff from the Family Medical Eye Center was present, along with their optometrist, to provide full vision screenings.  Other speakers included Kristi Schaible on the impacts of smoking and how to quit, plus Joanne Tippin, RD, MS, on nutrition to enhance vision health.  Each of the speakers was excellent and had very good audience participation.

Along with the speakers, there were other medical screenings provided.  Memory screenings were provided by Willow Springs Alzheimer’s Care CenterHearing tests were provided by the Redding Hearing Institute.

Our 26 vendors ranged from A (Adaptive Technology) to S (Social Security).  The most popular attractions were the dogs from the Shasta County chapter of Guide Dogs for the Blind, led by Cathy Koch and Riviera, who brought along her human companion, Betty Millar.

(From Left to Right) Evan LeVang, Executive Director of ILSNC, Jan Blood of AARP & Pam Thomason of ILSNC

As the host agency, ILSNC alerted the Redding community to our services.  Vision Resource and Assistive Technology were big draws to the participants. The Vision Resource booth was able to receive 23 new consumers. We had 225 attendees, lunch was provided and we had four free drawings. The feedback from the event has been outstanding.  ILSNC is quite pleased with the results.  A good time was had by all. The entire event was free of charge.  We look forward to producing this event next year.