Some Cool New Assistive Technology Products

“For people without disabilities, technology makes it better; For people with disabilities, technology makes it possible…” John D. Kemp http://www.viscardicenter.org Cognitopia exhibited and presented on its innovative platform of self-management applications for individuals with cognitive disabilities at the 2017 Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) conference in Orlando, Florida last month.

More Snap Peas Please

There was one moment using the Picture Planner visual calendaring program back in 2001 that particularly sticks out for me. Through the Eugene 4J Schools Community Living Program, students have the opportunity to volunteer at a nearby community garden. Like many people with autism spectrum disorders, my students that year

Goal Guide Saves Christmas and Other Cool Features

Each December, a bit of holiday magic blows down from the North Pole and brings Oliver the Christmas Elf to life. While all of our children are dreaming of sugarplum fairies and life-like wooden soldiers, Oliver cleverly hides his fluffy little body in a place that delights, yet challenges, the

Design for Everyone

Cognitopia creates life management apps for people who see the world a little differently. In developing technology that is both intuitive and easy-to-use, accessibility is key to product design at Cognitopia. In other words, “How are we improving someone’s quality of life or helping them better manage daily life, regardless
PicturePlanner - 1st Cognitopia Software Product

How Technology Enriches Personal Autonomy

I remember first meeting Tom Keating in 2001 at the Community Living Program (CLP) in Eugene, Oregon. The CLP is a special education program for students ages 18-21 with a range of exceptionalities who have either graduated with a modified diploma or high school equivalency. What makes CLP unique is

Back to School and the IEP

Well, it’s back to school time, time to get off your butt and work, time to focus on your life, time to keep the time. It’s also time to get your goals established. Yeah, you have to deal with those people that want to make you jump off a cliff,

Using Goal Guide and My Life for IEP Planning

In the past few years I have used Goal Guide app for many of my escapades, a job interview, presentations, and setting goals of course. The Cognitopia website has helped me exponentially with these ventures and I hope they will help you with yours. In February 2016 I presented at

Using Goal Guide to Find Yourself

Cognitopia stated out as an idea, much like a seed, now it has grown into a beautiful tree with flourishing branches that give ideas, encouragement and motivation. My name is Davan Overton and I have worked with Cognitopia for some years now through 4J Connections program and through an internship
Tom and brother James

Siblings as Caregivers

The Sibling Leadership Network shared a nice concise information sheet from The Arc on how siblings can begin to think about and plan for the future of their brothers and sisters with disabilities. It’s available in both English and Spanish; click here. As someone who was a caregiver for many

Using Kickstarter to Build a Community

In his opening remarks at The Big Mix V2 event in March, Skip Newberry, president of the Technology Association of Oregon (TAO) sited 20% overall growth for tech companies operating in and out of Eugene and Springfield, Oregon. Founded in the entrepreneurial spirit of the Oregon Trail, it’s no surprise