A Message From Our CEO

With effective vaccines, declining infection rates, and the gradual reopening of our schools, communities and businesses, many of us are seeing light at the end of what has been a very long and dark tunnel. But these encouraging and much-awaited developments do not change the fact that this has been a very difficult year.

I’m sure many of you have seen the headlines in the newspapers. The most shocking to me was in the New York Times: “How The World Ran Out of Everything.” Often, headlines are written to sell newspapers; sometimes they are exaggerations, or overstatements. This one wasn’t.

Microchips, circuit boards, and motors; wire and fasteners—the guts of our devices—have become scarce and more expensive. As the price of oil rises, so does the price of the plastic we use for the base molds. Our purchasing team works overtime to source everything we use, right down to the rivet, and even as I write this, prices continue to climb. Unfortunately, we believe that these supply chain disruptions will last for some time.

That said, we are working harder and smarter to minimize the impact on you—our customers. We’re redesigning some products to make them better and more resource efficient. We’re working with our vendors to secure what we need at a reasonable price and get it delivered when on time. Still, sometimes we cannot get what we need when we need it and at a price that makes sense.

We are aware that everyone’s patience has been stretched for some time now, but we ask that you bear with us again now as we work hard to fulfill our commitment to getting you the products you need and depend on. We know that asking you to wait longer than usual to receive your order is frustrating and inconvenient. We know how disappointing it is when a product you really want and need is not available and we can’t tell you exactly when it will be. This is a lot to ask when so much has already been asked of you and we are grateful for your continued support and your belief in what we do.

It feels like a battle out there, fighting for parts and answers from vendors, but we are up to the fight. We will find a way to continue to build what you need, so that you can keep doing the work that amazes and humbles us.

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for everything that you do, and we thank you for sticking with us during these difficult times.

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Seth Kanor, CEO

ANNOUNCING THE LAUNCH OF OUR NEW DIGITAL CATALOG!

Digital Catalog 2021

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new resource for our customers: our digital catalog! Now you can browse our entire product line easily right from your computer, tablet or phone. Just click on the link on our home page and you are connected to everything you need. No more hunting for your catalog or having to bring it from client to client. It is all right at your fingertips.

The digital catalog has so many advantages. It is convenient, easy to navigate and environmentally friendly. If you need to print a page or two, you can do that easily. Or you can download the entire catalog to use when you are offline. While we will still provide print catalogs for those who request them, we will be saving a lot of wood and water resources needed to make paper.

Take a look now and let us know what you think! Send us an email at sales@enablingdevices.com with your comments and suggestions.

Click here to start browsing!

Order Processing During COVID-19

The COVID-19 virus pandemic is having global effects and that includes our operations here at Enabling Devices. We are located in Westchester County, New York, where there are a high number of cases. In order to protect the health and safety of our team, we are limiting the number of staff allowed in our offices and manufacturing space. These precautions may delay the processing and shipment of orders.

If you have questions or concerns or an immediate need for a product, please call our CEO Seth Kanor at 914-747-3070 ext. 338 or Donna Devaul at ext. 311. We will be picking up our messages remotely and will return your call as promptly as possible.

Please stay safe and healthy!

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Seth Kanor, CEO

2020 Catalog Spotlight Feature – How to Submit Your Entry

Enabling Devices Spotlight Feature

How to Submit Your Entry for a 2020 Catalog Spotlight Feature

Would you or someone you know want to be featured in Enabling Devices’ 2020 catalog? Do you have a story to tell about your child? Is there a teacher or therapist who you admire and would like to thank? Is your school doing fabulous work with children with disabilities that you’d be proud to share? We’d like to hear from you!

Each year we feature more than a dozen customers in our catalogs – children with disabilities and their parents, special education schools & classrooms, and teachers & therapists. Now you can be one!

If you are interested in participating, please contact Donna Devaul at donna@enablingdevices.com with the subject line: Spotlight Feature. We will be requesting a digital photo(s) and some fun and/or interesting information about the person, therapist or school in the photo.

Requirements: Photo should be in landscape (horizontal) format, the background should be uncluttered, and the subject should be in focus and centered in the photo. Showing Enabling Devices’ products in use would be a plus!

Deadline: Photos and background information must be received by October 18, 2020 for consideration.

Please Note: We will be reviewing all submissions for photo quality and descriptive information and will be choosing the photos that work best in our catalog and in a particular product section. We do not guarantee that your photo will be selected.

Everyone submitting will be notified of our decisions. Our copy editor may contact you with additional questions. Those selected for the catalog will be sent a final draft page for their review, editing and approval before publication.

By providing the photo, the submitter grants permission to Enabling Devices to print or publish these photos in Enabling Devices catalogs, on their website, and in social media owned by Enabling Devices.

 

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Enabling Devices Featured on We Are Teachers Website

This month We are Teachers is featuring an article about our products. Entitled “12 Classroom Supplies You’ll Want for your Special Ed Classroom“, the article highlights iPad accessories, communicators, adapted musical toys and sensory products. Click here to read the article. We Are Teachers is an online community whose mission is to inspire teachers and help them succeed by sharing practical classroom ideas and more.

Enabling Devices Launches New Website

Enabling Devices (formerly Toys for Special Children) is pleased to announce the launch of a new state-of-the-art website and online catalog. The re-designed, mobile-friendly site is accessible, easy to navigate, and features larger, sharper, multifaceted images of products. The new enablingdevices.com is also chock full of resources and multimedia product information and offers consumers a streamlined approach to selecting and ordering products.

Since 1978, Enabling Devices has been creating and adapting toys, tools, devices and assistive technology for children, teens and adults with a variety of disabilities. From the beginning, the company’s primary mission was meeting the needs of its customers and developing products that enrich their lives. Personalized customer service is emblematic of the company’s peoplecentered approach and Enabling Device’s new website was designed with people in mind.

“In creating our new website, we wanted to feature the people we serve by profiling some of our customers,” says Enabling Devices CEO Seth Kanor. “I wanted the website to show how our products make it possible for people with disabilities to reach their highest potential.”

Enablingdevices.com features clear yet concise product descriptions and online instructional videos that help consumers understand how products work and how they support skill development and learning. Downloadable activity charts and product tips help users to get the most out of the products they buy.

Product comparison charts (also downloadable) help customers identify the products that best meet their needs while online skills charts match products with users based on the skills they seek to develop.

Additionally, enablingdevices.com includes a blog with news and information of interest to members of the disability community, regularly updated lists of the best apps for switch users and people on the autism spectrum, and guidance for creating a sensory space in a home, classroom or office.

“It’s important that we stay close to the people and practitioners who use our products,” says Kanor. “We visit clinics and consult with the therapists who work with people with disabilities so that we can continually improve our products. As always, we welcome customers’ calls and comments, and whenever possible, are happy to provide personalized solutions. With the right tools, people with disabilities are doing great things and finding great joy in their lives. Our mission is to increase their joy as much as possible.”