Have You Heard about the Penfriend?

What is the Penfriend?penfriend

The PenFriend is a portable audio labeling device that pairs with self-adhesive stickers or magnetic badges.  You can record a label, rather than write it, then play it back instantly using a PenFriend.

 

How Can a PenFriend Help Me?

A PenFriend can help you:

  • Focus on Your Strengths! The Penfriend can help you use the strengths you have – like speaking and hearing. We all have strengths.  Let’s use them!
  • Get Organized! The PenFriend is a great organizational tool. You can use it to create reminders on a calendar or to break down complicated instructions into simple step-by-step instructions.
  • Record and Listen! You can use the PenFriend to record short messages, lists, or instructions, without having to write them out and read them.

What Should I Label?

Your options of items to label are endless! Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • School Assignments and Calendars
  • Work Calendars
  • “To-do” Lists
  • Shopping lists
  • Instructions
  • DVD’s
  • CD’s
  • Prescriptions
  • Vitamins
  • Boxes
  • Important documents
  • Mail

Where Can I Buy a PenFriend?

If you’re receiving Promise services, talk to your Promise counselor.  Promise may be able to help!

Or, check out these vendors:

  1. MaxiAids
    http://www.maxiaids.com/penfriend2-voice-labeling-system
  1. Independent Living Aids, LLC
    http://www.independentliving.com/prodinfo.asp?number=756633
  1. LS&S
    http://www.lssproducts.com/product/PENfriend2-audio-labeler/labeling-and-identification

This blog was created in cooperation with WisTech.

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About the Author

Jaclyn Wilsey

Jaclyn is an Assistive Technologist at the Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute (SVRI) and also part of Wisconsin’s Assistive Technology Program, WisTech. I live in the country with her husband, Luke, and their dog, Zip.
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