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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
Robotic technology for any button
MicroBot Push’s robotic technology enables pressing virtually any type of button that humans can press.
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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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.
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 (https://goo.gl/KuK99a) for $26.95 cents.
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.Source: Search | Tinkercad or Amazon
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? 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
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
Zuby Onwuta, a legally blind US Army veteran and ex-IBM engineer, has been officially recognized by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as the inventor of “Think and Zoom: Brain-Control for Blind Assistive Tech”. The visually impaired, which includes people with low vision, and those who are legally or totally blind, are often restricted by their hand controlled assistive tech and thereby lose out on hours of productivity. It’s exciting to see a legally blind person invent a way for people like him to have the “holy grail” of hands-free use of blind assistive technology in order to improve user experience and increase productivity. We’re looking forward to seeing how Think and Zoom will transform the world for the visually impaired! Source: Think and Zoom – Hands free visual magnification powered by the human mind