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Assistive technology to help keep your new year s resolutions

Assistive Technology to Help Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

January 23, 2014

MATP Staff

Michigan disability rights coalition mdrc
Michigan Disability Rights Coalition (MDRC) Resolutions

  • A disability justice movement working to transform communities.

  • Home of Michigan’s Assistive Technology Program

  • MDRC’s Web Page:


Assistive tech for
Assistive Tech For Resolutions

Managing Stress

Getting Healthy

Saving Money/Managing Debt

Getting Organized

Quitting Bad Habits

The good news
The Good News! Resolutions

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?

Why we fail
Why We Fail Resolutions

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.

Tips to stick to your new year s resolutions
Tips to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions Resolutions

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

More tips
More Tips Resolutions

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!

At for managing stress
AT for Managing Stress Resolutions

Relaxation and Meditation Apps

White Noise Machines

Apps and Music to help with Sleep

Lightbox to help with sleep

Fidget Toys

Software to simplify your computer screen

At for getting healthy
AT for Getting Healthy Resolutions

FitBit, Upband and Pebble SmartWatch

Take a Break Reminder Apps

Medication Reminders/Devices

Talking Pedometer

Talking scale (body and kitchen) blood pressure cuff, glucometer

At for healthy food prep
AT for ResolutionsHealthy Food Prep

Rocker knives and utensils (can be used one-handed)

Pivot/angled knives

Stabilizing cutting board

Cordless can opener

Cutting guides

At for healthy food prep 2
AT For Healthy Food Prep 2 Resolutions

Microwavable Cookware/Steamers

Adaptive Peelers

Plate guards, built up plates, scooper dishes

Picture-Based Cookbooks

At for money management
AT for Money Management Resolutions

  • Bill Organization

  • Budgeting

  • Low Tech:

    • Envelope systems

    • Bill Management books

    • Bill/mail organizers

    • Locking cash box

  • Automation (Payments, deposits, etc.)

At for money management 2
AT for Money ResolutionsManagement 2

Reminder systems

Budgeting software

Online budgeting systems/apps

Low vision tools for money management
Low Vision Tools For Money Management Resolutions

Check writing template

Portable money Brailler

Talking Calculator

Money identifying devices/apps

At for getting organized
AT for Getting Organized Resolutions

  • Fridge Binz

  • Urbio™ Magnetic Modular System Components

  • Style Station Organize

  • Sock Tuckers

  • Laundry Folding Board

  • Labeling apps and PenFriend

Organization Resolutions

  • Color Identifiers

  • Cord Organizers

  • Spinning Desk Organizer

  • To-Do Lists (apps and online)

  • LivescribePen

  • Evernote, Other notes apps

At for quitting bad habits
AT for Quitting Bad Habits Resolutions

  • Raise awareness, identify triggers, replace habits

  • Large Rubber band on your wrist

  • General apps to help change habits

  • Devices which provide prompts at intervals, such as the “Motivaider”

  • Habit specific apps

Michigan assistive technology program matp
Michigan Assistive Technology Program (MATP) Resolutions

(800) 760-4600


Twitter: MIAssistTech

Final thought
Final Thought Resolutions

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” – Vincent van Gogh