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Accessibility Minute - Assistive Technology Tips and Tricks for Everyone

Sep 16, 2022

Hey there! Welcome to Accessibility Minute, your weekly look at Assistive Technology, those clever tools, and devices designed to help people who have difficulties with vision, mobility, hearing, or other special needs!

Did you know infant and child car seat buckles require a minimum release force of 40 Newtons, or about 9 pounds to unbuckle?  While this is great for kiddos, unbuckling these can be challenging for individuals with arthritis, poor dexterity, and more.  Shark Tank featured a revolutionary product that can make unbuckling car seats easier: introducing UnbuckleMe!

UnbuckleMe was invented by an occupational therapist who had spent her career adapting equipment for patients with disabilities of the hand.  She created this small tool that uses leverage to make it easier to unbuckle car seats.

Features of UnbuckleMe include:

  • Uses a type II lever (the same concept as a nutcracker) to reduce the force by more than 50%
  • Works on a wide range of car seats and push-button buckle shapes, as well as many strollers, high chairs, and other push-button devices
  • The top handle is covered with a soft “grippy” material to provide greater comfort and stability
  • And more

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I’d like to take a moment to thank InTRAC, the Indiana Telephone Relay Access Corporation for sponsoring our transcript today.  You can find out more about InTRAC at

That was your Accessibility Minute for this week! I’m Laura Medcalf with the INDATA Project at Easterseals Crossroads, in Indiana.