The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Home

Image of a Home for SaleBuying a home is one of the biggest purchases of your life, so it’s important to get it right, especially in today’s down economy. But with so many things to consider, sometimes buyers get overwhelmed and overlook important things. That’s why polled its panel of experts for the most important (and least-remembered) things to do during the buying process. The result is a wealth of information for anyone buying a new or pre-owned home, whether that’s you personally or a relative or friend.

Modern Health Talk founder Wayne Caswell was one of the experts consulted and was happy to share tips from his experience as a consumer advocate. Here’s the collective response from the expert panel [my additional tips at end]:

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Tools & Gadgets for Independent Living

The Illustrated Guide to Assistive Technology: Tools & Gadgets for Living Independently

Using a “lively narrative style,” Suzanne introduces readers to new and existing technologies, where to find them, and how to pay for them.

“The Illustrated Guide to Assistive Technology and Devices” by Suzanne Robitaille reached #1 on Amazon’s Assistive Technology List, and I’m happy to republish this excerpt with her permission. This book has been universally praised since it cuts through the clutter surrounding assistive devices with a simple conversational style. It’s organized according to disability and easily explains the best type of device for a multiple situations, home, work, on the road, or at school.

The book “combines research and personal insight to help even the most novice user make better, more informed choices about assistive technology.”
– Frances West, IBM Human Ability and Accessibility Center

Chapter 1


Having a disability isn’t easy. Believe me, I know. I have had a hearing disability since I was four years old. Growing up profoundly deaf impacted my education, my lifestyle, and eventually my employment. Indirectly, it affected my parents, my sister, my teachers, my friends, and my bosses.

But being deaf was also a blessing. It helped me build character; it gave me insight into a more realistic world than the one in which my peers lived; and it brought for me a love of books, and of writing, which my wonderful mother–who, like the rest of my family, was hearing– encouraged me to pursue as a career.

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