Assistive tech gear

I often find myself describing the stuff I use to get things done (or just to play around), particularly assistive technology—something I make extensive use of as a person with spinal muscular atrophy. So I thought I would make a page with some stuff I use should it be of use to anyone. I’ll do my best to keep this page up to date. I’ll put links to lesser known items where appropriate.

Updated August 13, 2023.


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It’s hard to separate assistive tech from, well, any tech. I’m not really attempting to stay within any given definition of assistive tech. I’m just covering what I use and what I use it for.

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Closing thoughts

Every tool has to pass the “does this fit into my SMA-friendly workflow?” test. Sadly, many cool things don’t pass that test. Tools come and go. I always keep one eye on the future. What will my capabilities be like in 5 to 10 years? What tech will exist then to help me compensate for decreasing strength and motor function? So far there has always been an answer. We live in a truly wondrous time, my friends. If you have questions about this or anything else just hit me up. Also, if you have a page like this on your website, please send it to me and let me know if you are okay with me sharing it. :-)

  1. Ok sometimes my Mac will drop a call so it’s not always perfect. But phone calls can be glitchy in general anyway so this is a wash in my opinion. ↩︎

  2. I realize I could use a laptop only and merely use it standalone or with a docking setup, depending on whether I’m laying down or sitting at my desk. But because my job and much of my personal life is dependent on my computer, I like to have two machines for redundancy. ↩︎

  3. For added security I don’t use Dropbox to sync my work files. I have a direct Mac-to-Mac process for that. ↩︎

  4. I use the section sign (§) as a trigger because it’s not commonly used in writing but is easy for me to type since I have a customizable onscreen keyboard. :-) ↩︎