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Free orbiTouch Keyless Keyboards Available to Wounded Veterans

The makers of orbiTouch Keyless Keyboard are proud to support wounded veterans. Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation of Winter Park, Florida, has donated 35 orbiTouch Keyless Keyboards to Orlando VA Medical Center to help wounded veterans become more productive and independent.

If you or someone you know could benefit from this program, please fill out the “Try orbiTouch Risk Free Today” form at the bottom of the page and indicate you would like a donated orbiTouch keyboard for a wounded veteran. Donation recipients will receive a free orbiTouch and free training. Units are awarded upon a first come, first served basis, so please contact us today if you would like one. Veterans will need a referral from a case worker. The generous donation made by Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation is a welcome addition to 15 orbiTouch units donated by Veteran Corps of America.

 How orbiTouch Helps Wounded Veterans

By eliminating hand and wrist motion, orbiTouch is able to help wounded veterans with the following conditions painlessly use a computer keyboard:

  • Hand and Finger Injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Prosthetics
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Arthritis
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Stroke
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

We would like to thank Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation and Veterans Corps of America for their generosity and compassion toward our heroes in the United States Armed Forces.

ATiA Orlando 2012

Assistive Technology Industry Association’s semi-annual conference is coming to Orlando next week, and we here at orbiTouch couldn’t be more excited. ATiA Conferences are like the Superbowl in the assistive technology industry, except they happen twice a year, once in Orlando and once in Chicago. We heard great things about the ATiA Chicago conference back in November, and we can’t wait to see what they bring to Orlando.

With over 100 exhibitors and a jam packed schedule of presenters, we know this year’s conference brings great things. With so many respected industry professionals speaking, it’s difficult to plan your day, so we picked two of the sessions we are most looking forward to. Unfortunately, they are both at the same time–Thursday, January 26 from 8:00-9:00 AM, but make sure you send representatives to each.

“AT year in review: 2011’s Hits/Misses Cliffs Notes Style” 

Michele Paley, Enablemart

With so many emerging AT products, it’s difficult to know which ones really help and which ones are just fads. Michele Paley, Product Manager for Enablemart, a leading reseller of assistive technology (including orbiTouch), knows first hand. Ms.Paley will address how to determine the efficacy of new technologies on a user by user basis. We know she will do an incredible job and look forward to hearing about her product experiences.

“Accommodating Individuals with Limited Dexterity: Common Workplace Situations and Solutions”

Elizabeth Simpson and Teresa Goddard, Job Accommodation Network

Multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, prosthesis, hand and wrist injuries, carpal tunnel: All of these conditions produce limited dexterity and pose multiple challenges is at work. While employers initially balk at outfitting workspaces for persons with special needs because they think it will be too expensive, top leadership of multi-national companies such as Marriott tell us otherwise.

Elisabeth Simpson and Teresa Goddard of Job Accomodation Network (JAN),  the prevailing experts on disability employment, will illuminate the issues individuals with limited dexterity encounter in the workplace. Ms. Simpson and Ms. Goddard will show us actual workplace accommodations JAN has used to improve special needs employability.  We at orbiTouch are knowledgable about the ramifications limited dexterity has on typing and computer interface, but we are eager to learn about other issues individuals who have limited use of their hands face in the workplace and how to use assistive tech to overcome these challenges.

Interested? Check out the ATiA Orlando 2012 Official Website and download Conference Schedule for more information. If you are attending the conference and would like to meet up, give us a shoutout on Twitter or Facebook. Hope to see you there!