Easterseals Camp Sunnyside Hosts eAccessibility Council of Iowa

August 29, 2019

Brianna Lewin and Tracy Keninger from Easterseals Camp Sunnyside in Des Moines graciously hosted the June meeting of the eAccessibility Council of Iowa, including members of the eAccessibility team at ISU.

Easterseals Iowa (https://www.easterseals.com/ia/) serves the entire state and has been supporting individuals (and their families) with disabilities and special needs for more than 90 years.  Some of the services provided by Easterseals Iowa include:

  • Adult and children’s services
  • Camp and respite
  • Assistive technologies
  • Employment and training
  • Refurbishing of assistive equipment
  • Hosting a lending library of more than 1000 devices, which can be loaned out for as many as 30 days, for trial/testing or short-term assistance

While at Camp Sunnyside, members of the ISU eAccessibility team were able to test, and learn about some of the many assistive technologies available through their lending library, including novel devices like the Tap Bluetooth keyboard (https://www.tapwithus.com/), a wearable keyboard that works with Bluetooth devices and lets users tap on any surface to type (below).

Tap bluetooth keyboard on person's hand

The eAccessibility team is grateful for the support of the Easterseals Iowa Assistive Technology Center in hosting their visit, which was invaluable for learning about existing and emerging technologies that move us closer to creating and sustaining an organizational culture that includes those with visual impairment.