Bessie Blount Griffin, physical therapist, and inventor of assistive technologies
Bessie Blount

Bessie Blount

Bessie trained as a physical therapist at Panzer College of Physical Education (later Montclair State University), and upon completing her training transferred to a veteran’s hospital in Chicago to assist World War II amputees. With many severe disabilities brought on by the war, this work was in high demand, and Bessie spent several years guiding the veterans in new ways to perform simple tasks after the loss of the ability to use their hands and feet. It was during this time that she began to pioneer groundbreaking assistive technologies that would help her patients conduct their everyday tasks unassisted.In light of the major challenges that these disabilities posed to eating, Bessie was first inspired to invent an electronic feeding device for patients who could no longer raise food to their mouths. The device was controlled by the patient biting down on the delivery tube, which administered small mouthfuls of food with each bite, allowing the patients to eat their meals at their own pace without requiring assistance.
Source: Bessie Blount Griffin, physical therapist, inventor and forensic scientist | The Valentina Project
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Grow with Google

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Grow with Google

Grow with Google is an initiative to create economic opportunities for all Americans and help them access the best of Google’s training and tools to grow their skills, careers, and businesses. For military service personnel, transitioning to civilian life can be very difficult. Many people begin their job searches on Google, so we started with Search to help those who have served and their families.

Begin your job search

You can search “jobs for veterans” on Google and enter your Military Occupational Specialty code (MOS, AFSC, NEC) to see relevant civilian jobs that require similar skills to those used in your military roles.
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Xbox Adaptive Controller

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Xbox Adaptive Controller

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View of Xbox Adaptive Controller ports for gaming

Game your way

Designed primarily to meet the needs of gamers with limited mobility, the Xbox Adaptive Controller is a unified hub for devices that helps make gaming more accessible.

Top down view of the Xbox Adaptive Controller with added accessories connected to the controller Via Xbox
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Lynne, get ready to push the button 🎵  | NEW from Skoogmusic
Skwitch is the brand new musical instrument from Skoogmusic. But we think it is so much more.Think of it as Skoog’s compact, nimble little brother. Or sister. And it clips straight on to your iPhone, so within minutes you have a piece of accessible tech that you can use to create music, learn coding + more.It’s a bit like magic, but better.
Source: NEW from Skoogmusic
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Meet the advanced smart gadgets that connect your things and places to the Internet, turning the analog into the digital.

Robotic technology for any button

MicroBot Push’s robotic technology enables pressing virtually any type of button that humans can press.

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Carl’s Own Home – Technology Integration

The State of Tennessee is diving into technology integration for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A yearlong project focused on Enabling Technology seeks to provide community engagement and increased independence. AbleLink is proud to be part of this effort as a provider of technology and training. Multiple agencies around the state, along with national software and service providers, are committed to deployment and implementation support as the project kicks off this fall. Via YouTube
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Adaptive Clothing Hits the Mainstream

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Child wearing sensory broadshorts For some parents, the morning ritual of getting their child dressed is a dreaded battle, a frustration exasperated by buttons in wrong places, seams that dig into skin, tags that itch, shoes impossible to put on correctly and fabric that feels inhumane to sensitive skin. Putting clothes on a child with a disability – whether that child uses a wheelchair or leg or arm braces, wears a feeding tube or has sensory issues – has never been easy. Parents often opted to have clothes professionally tailored for their child (expensive), tried to alter the clothes themselves (time-consuming and possibly aggravating), or chose a wardrobe straight from a hospital patient catalogue (functional and convenient but lacking in any kind of personality or style). The fashion world – a $3 trillion global industry according to Fashion United – has rarely paid attention to the needs of people with disabilities, even though the U.S. Census reports that they make up 19 percent of the population. Adaptive clothing lines have traditionally been super-small organizations with designers working out of their basements or garages, often for little to no profit. But things are heating up for adaptive clothing in the fashion world. The runways of L.A. and New York, department stores and online shopping portals are now championing adaptive lines, building a connection between functionality and fashion – and not just for adults, but children, too. Addressing specific physical needs, garments are more than just something to wear – they can provide emotional relief, long-lasting recognition and personalized joy.
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Two Book Page Holder: Carving vs 3D printing
Below are two examples of book page holder. One was created using wood and the other using a 3D printer. The first project can be purchased on Amazon (  for $26.95 cents. Book page holder on Amazon
Book page holder on Tinkercad

Book page holder on Tinkercad

            This tool can be created on a 3D printer by using the files downloaded from Tinkercad.    
 This is a reupload of one of my first ever designs on Tinkercad. Basically you slip your thumb in the hole and place the bottom wedge in the middle where the pages meet. It's meant to hold the pages down so you can read with one hand and not have to worry about the pages coming up so much.
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Make-A-Thon in Reston, VA – Accessible Community
Make-a-Thon Do you live in the Washington, DC area, live with a disability, and have a challenge that you would like assistance in overcoming? Do you know someone who fits this description? Child in wheelchair and group looking at a DIY device Nova Labs in Reston, Virginia is gearing up to do a 72-hour make-a-thon in which teams of makers/engineers/designers work directly with individuals with diverse abilities to develop solutions to everyday challenges. The event will take place September 14-16, 2018. They are looking for volunteers to participate as “knowers” – people who have a deep understanding of the challenges faced by people with disabilities and are eager to discuss ideas to improve quality of life through making. These volunteers would join the team in-person for the make-a-thon. You can learn more at Empower2Make. You can also volunteer or suggest a challenge. It should be an exciting and impactful event.
Source: Make-A-Thon in Reston, VA – Accessible Community
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GBraille Trails: Helping the Visually Impaired Experience Nature
At age 11, Evan Barnard came across a vandalized Braille nature trail, one of the few places in his home state of Georgia where the visually impaired could comfortably explore the outdoors. As he began fixing up the trail and working with the Georgia Council of the Blind, Barnard promised to do whatever he could to help his new friends. A few years later, he created his own Braille trail. As he searched for other Braille trails around the world, he founded Nature for All, an online community for the visually impaired to find nature experiences near them. The website now includes over 200 Braille trails and sensory gardens from 35 countries.
Source: Great Big Story : Braille Trails: Helping the Visually Impaired Experience Nature
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