All I Want For Christmas is my Two AT (2015)


By MATP Staff Member Laura Hall

Dear Santa,

I can’t believe a whole year has passed since my last blog “letter”, All I Want For Christmas is My Two AT in 2014.  Thank you so much for the not one, but two Fork with a red checkered grip shown twirling spaghetti noodles. A thumb depresses the button on the side of the forktwirling spaghetti forks I received.  It’s been another great year for me and for the Michigan Assistive Technology Program.  We have offered many exciting and informative webinars, expanded our device demonstrations, and have several new programs in the works.  Our Assistive Technology Team has been hard- working, and of course, is never naughty.  Look for their letters coming soon.

Green and blue trub treads shaped as owls with big eyesHaving married this year, my friends and family were extra thoughtful and bought us some wonderful assistive technology as gifts.  Good Grips kitchen utinsels, a crockpot, a shower curtain with pockets, and tub treads were just a few of the wonderful gifts we received.  There are just a few things left on my list that I present for your consideration.

Living in the North Pole, I’m sure you’re used to the early dark nights and cold A woman, eyes closed looking relaxed in front of a round light box with standweather.  I unfortunately, am not, and seem to be struggling with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  I would really like a desktop light box  to use during the mornings to boost my mood and energy.  This would also help with my vitamin D deficiency.  My colleague, Aimee, has done some great research on SAD and broad spectrum lights.  If you need any more information or have questions, I’m sure her blog “The Night are Longer and SAD is Here” will serve as a great resource.

Overhead view of a metallic touchless trash can. The lid has two buttons for opening and closing or two movement sensors.


Finally, I recently discovered the gloriousness of a touchless garbage can.  I need only to waive my hand over a sensor for it to open and there is no need to touch the “icky” lid or figure out a way to depress a foot petal from a wheelchair.  I am becoming a much better housekeeper and the cat is completely mezmerized, perplexed and entertained all at the same time trying to figure out how it works.  I sure would love another one for other areas of our home, and so would Lucky.

I hope your holiday prep is going well.  Thank you for considering my wishlist, and don’t worry, I won’t forget the cookies!




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