Assistive Technology Fair at Roseville Library

Disability or impairment can strike people at any age. But sometimes life can be enriched by a rapidly expanding range of services, devices and technologies.

Many of those products will be on display at the Adaptive Technology Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, at the Roseville Library. The library is located at 2180 Hamline Ave. N.

Among the assistive services at the fair will be adaptive cycles to increase mobility and independence; a new phone app that creates safer interactions between police and people with autism or other special needs; telephones designed for people with physical or memory issues; medicine reminders and other aids.

There also will be at least three real live library reading therapy dogs at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. for 50 minutes each — as well as robotic dog and cat “companions.”

One provider, the State of Minnesota’s STAR Assistive Technology Program, offers simple and complex devices and software that can help with vision, hearing, speech, mobility, daily living activities, computers, recreation, sports and other areas of life. Some of it can be borrowed, and the program maintains a website where people can donate, buy or sell used equipment.

Other providers demonstrating at the Assistive Technology Fair will be the Learning Lab for Eldercare Technologies; Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute; Strauss Skates and Bicycles; Ramsey County Library; Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance; Autism Society of Minnesota and VITALS Aware Services.   

The event is sponsored by Roseville Community Health Awareness Team (CHAT), Roseville Alzheimer’s and Dementia Community Action Team (Roseville A/D), the City of Roseville, the Roseville Area Senior Program and the Ramsey County Library system.

The Roseville Library is the first in the county system to host the Assistive Technology Fair. Other libraries are considering sponsoring similar program in the future.

 

— Warren Wolfe retired from the Star Tribune, where he wrote about aging and health care policy. He is active in the Roseville A/D

 

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