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.

Source: MicroBots
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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 (https://goo.gl/KuK99a)  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.
Source: Search | Tinkercad  or Amazon  
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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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Accurate and Private Speech Technologies

Finally, a way to verbally communicate and transcribe in complete privacy. Perfect sound anywhere – on a plane, in the street or at the office. Patent Pending Steno SR is a hand-held sound booth for use anywhere you want total voice privacy and noise cancellation. Compatible with all devices and speech recognition software it is the quietest and most accurate microphone on the market today.
INTERPRETATION / TALKSYSTEM®Learn More Affordable interpretation/translation equipment for schools, churches, community meetings or anywhere you need your message to be heard. The TalkSystem provides clear, quiet and accurate communication between a speaker and a multilingual audience without distraction, interruption or misunderstanding.
Source: Talk Technologies – Accurate and Private Speech Technologies
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Think and Zoom – Hands free visual magnification powered by the human mind

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
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Disability Cocoon


Making Disability Technology Possible

We are a disability technology catalyst organization.  We source and promote disability technology solutions and innovation, to inspire and foster increased independence.
What We Do

Tech:Fest Registration

Regional Tech:Festivals

Not conferences...festivals!  Cutting edge disability technology sessions and demos in a laid back environment.  Food trucks, breweries, massage, games, and more.  In person and virtual attendee options! Launching October 15th, 2018



Various national/regional in person training, online webinars, podcast, and Facebook Live educational sessions all on disability related technology innovations. Launching July 20th, 2018

Tech:99 "Daily"

Tech:99 "Daily"

We are testing 99 tech ideas over several months and sharing them!  Almost daily, real world short disability tech implementation stories & ideas on Facebook Live, Zooms, and our Podcast.  Follow us on Facebook for details, to submit your ideas, and share your stories with others. Submit your solutions! Launching Oct. 22nd, 2018
Source: Disability Cocoon - Tech:Festival Cincinnati | October 15, 2018
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Pocket Schedule Planner on the App Store

Pocket Schedule Planner app interface

Pocket Schedule Planner

MANAGE ASSIGNMENT Kinds of sections are designed to track down all your assignments easily and intuitively. You can either organize your assignments by date, by course or by priority, or sort them by completed or uncompleted. KEEP YOU ALERT Powerful notification feature makes sure that you will never miss even one class or assignment. The app allows you set general notification of all classes and separate alarms of each assignment. FILLED WITH FEATURES -Easily manage different semesters and holidays. -Manage detailed information of all your instructors. -Add a course, exam or assignment easily. -Each course has a well-designed icon. -Sort all assignments into different sections as you want. -Done an assignment easily, just by one tap. -Today’s classes are shown in specify module so that you can get them intuitively. -Each assignment and class has their own notification. -All classes are shown in a week view, you can scroll to get the information you want so that you will not forget even one class. Download and start to use Pocket Schedule to make your school life easier. Think of Pocket Schedule as your classes, exams & assignments alarm clock. If you have any problems or suggestions please send a mail to schedule@bluetgs.com, and you will get the response in a short time.
Source: Pocket Schedule Planner on the App Store
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