Assistive Technology to Help Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions. January 23, 2014 MATP Staff. Michigan Disability Rights Coalition (MDRC). A disability justice movement working to transform communities. Home of Michigan’s Assistive Technology Program MDRC’s Web Page: www.mymdrc.org
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January 23, 2014
Saving Money/Managing Debt
Quitting Bad Habits
50% of the population makes New Year’s resolutions
People who make resolutions are more likely (10x) to make positive changes
Did you make any New Year’s resolutions for 2014?
People tend to set resolutions based on outcome not on the activity to achieve it.
People become overwhelmed and discouraged.
Lack of both support and accountability.
Believing it is about willpower alone
Failure diminishes confidence.
Combine the behavior (save money) with the skill needed to achieve it (stick to a budget)
Use don’t vs. can’t (I don’t want to risk my life by smoking vs. I can’t smoke)
Have support buddies
Be human, allow failure
Make your resolutions S.M.A.R.T.
Set one resolution instead of many
Take small steps
Reward yourself often
Get help from assistive technology!
Relaxation and Meditation Apps
White Noise Machines
Apps and Music to help with Sleep
Lightbox to help with sleep
Software to simplify your computer screen
FitBit, Upband and Pebble SmartWatch
Take a Break Reminder Apps
Talking scale (body and kitchen) blood pressure cuff, glucometer
Rocker knives and utensils (can be used one-handed)
Stabilizing cutting board
Cordless can opener
Plate guards, built up plates, scooper dishes
Online budgeting systems/apps
Check writing template
Portable money Brailler
Money identifying devices/apps
“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” – Vincent van Gogh