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Assistive Technology

Observations From Below: Automan's Utility Belt

Bryan Dooley | Posted 05.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Bryan Dooley

Batman has his utility belt, James Bond has Q, and Supercrips like me often rely on assistive technology. Assistive Technology is any item, equipment...

6 Awesome Assistive Devices for Those With Motor Control Issues

Lucinda Watrous | Posted 05.14.2017 | Healthy Living
Lucinda Watrous

Several conditions including autism, cerebral palsy, Parkinson's, and dyspraxia can make it difficult to nearly impossible to perform simple tasks, everything from holding items, to turning knobs, signing a signature, and cutting food.

Accessible Internet, Communication, and Technology (ICT) - Bottom-line, Accessibility Benefits Everyone

Debra Ruh | Posted 05.05.2017 | Impact
Debra Ruh

Universal accessibility in the Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) sector holds unparalleled promise and opportunity for people with disab...

Perkins Access Makes Improving Digital Accessibility Easier than Ever

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 03.25.2017 | Technology
Sarah Blahovec

For most people who log onto the Internet every day, the accessibility of a webpage is one of the last things that enters their minds. If you aren't b...

Designing Prosthetics That Give Female Veterans Confidence

Shelley Zalis | Posted 11.11.2016 | Impact
Shelley Zalis

Over the past decade, the aftermath of military combat in Iraq and Afghanistan has seen an increase in the number of veteran amputees. Female veterans face additional challenges as standard prosthetics tend to be ill suited for their bodies, which are naturally narrower at the shoulder and wider at the hips.

How the Americans With Disabilities Act Helps the Able-Bodied

Alexis Ander Kashar | Posted 07.27.2016 | Impact
Alexis Ander Kashar

Debbie and I had a normal childhood, except that, Debbie was the family's ears and voice. Since the age of four, Debbie interpreted for our parents, translating between spoken English and sign language. Due to the lack of telephone access for the deaf, Debbie often relayed conversations between hearing people and our parents on the telephone before she was old enough to understand what they were saying.

The US DOT Leaders in Accessible Transportation Technology?

Eric Lipp | Posted 06.17.2016 | Impact
Eric Lipp

This is not some crazy named technology company from famous Silicon Valley but a group of people in DC who are actually diving into inclusion and pushing the technology industry to solve some really difficult but pressing issues.

Guess Who is ABLE to Work?

René Bryce-Laporte | Posted 02.17.2015 | Business
René Bryce-Laporte

People with disabilities can use more programs like PATF's that prepare them for life and the workforce Passage of the ABLE Act is a movement in the right direction, as could be adjustments to IDAs and other anti-poverty programs that permit people with disabilities to participate in them on their way to greater independence.

Mainstream Technology Gives Lift to Assistive Learning

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 05.31.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

The concept of assistive technology to help special education students achieve more in K-12 classrooms is nothing new, but the portability of many of ...

Assistive Technology: A Necessity for Student Success

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 03.31.2014 | Technology
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

At its core, the American educational system is about democratization of knowledge for all students, regardless of their circumstances. In 2011, 22 pe...

Farewell Google Reader, We Knew Thee Well

Joe Entwisle | Posted 08.03.2013 | Technology
Joe Entwisle

I haven't figured out exactly why Google decided to no longer provide access to Reader software, but it comes at a horrible time.

College Seniors Designing For Seniors

Gary M. Kaye | Posted 07.14.2013 | Impact
Gary M. Kaye

Some of the teams have already been approached about taking their inventions into commercial development. Others are still in the relatively early design stages. But collectively they show that many of today's engineering students have a social conscience.

Survey: Telecommuting Is More Than a Perk for Workers With Disabilities

Barbara Otto | Posted 07.08.2013 | Impact
Barbara Otto

That tells me something I've been saying all along to hiring managers and HR executives: Qualified people with disabilities can be recruited just like anyone else, and very rarely do they need special treatment.

Science, Engineering, and Innovation (for Everyone)

Robert St. Amant | Posted 03.28.2014 | Science
Robert St. Amant

Chad Ruble's mother had a stroke some years ago and was left with aphasia. Ordinary phone conversation and email pose challenges. Chad built a system that helps his mother "Kinecticate" with her friends and family.