Living with Parkinson’s Disease: Review of Three Assistive Tools

By Daria Costello My grandmother came to live with my family when I was in high school, a few years after my grandfather died. Shortly after that, she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, and spent the next several years dealing with increasingly incapacitating tremors, stiffness, and muscle weakness throughout her body. Though her mind remained […]

Top Six Pen Scanners to Take You From Primers to Proust

Imagine a highlighter pen that not only underscores critical information, but also captures important text and digitally transmits it to your computer instantaneously, sort of like an advanced “cut and paste” function. That tool actually exists! It’s called a digital scanner pen, and uses a technology called optical character recognition (OCR) to digitize printed text […]

I Write, Therefore I Am: Assistive Technology Bridges The Handwriting Gap

As technology advances, there is help available for those suffering from impairments related to writing. Dyslexia, for example, creates problems for young people learning to write. When others can’t understand what they express with pencil and paper, their broader educational interests may be stifled.  In the context of social communication, writing is even more important […]

Buyer’s Guide: Top 5 Waterman Fountain Pens of 2020

For experienced calligraphists and typographers, and for greenhorns alike, the fountain pen offers an unrivalled sense of writing freedom. Researching and buying the perfect pen, however, is no mean feat. You’ll need to decide which features (such as the design, color, cartridges) are most important to you, while also considering your budget. Whatever your situation, […]

All About Repetitive Strain Injury

Repetitive strain injury, or RSI, is a general term for pain in the muscles, tendons, and nerves from repetitive overuse. RSI typically affects the upper limbs, but can also appear in areas such as the lower back. Commonly affected areas include arms, hands, neck, and shoulders. The injury affects humans as well as animals. Assistive […]