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It’s like science fiction, without the fiction – there are sonar navigation watches, robots to help kids get to school, smartphones using facial recognition, and other feats of awesomeness. Read it all here. AT in the news for the week of 11/17 thru 11/21

New medical device to make the mines safer

Wearable Accessibility – great slideshow by TED Drake

The smartwatch that detects the skin’s electricity to predict a seizure

Blind From Birth, But Able To Use Sound To ‘See’ Faces

Justice Dept. Enters into Agreement with Peapod to Ensure Website Accessible to Individuals with Disabilities

Art project gives you 15 minutes of life with Parkinson’s disease

The New Electric Car Is Designed For People In Wheelchairs And It’s Amazing

Robot helping kids connect when they can’t

Hasbro, autism group create website to help explain toys to kids with developmental disabilities

Loyola students to provide live closed captioning for athletic events in new accessibility initiative

Modified toy car built at education workshop for Nolanville 3-year-old

New Post: 10 accessible gift ideas for friends or family who are blind or visually impaired

Are you an adult with an intellectual or developmental disability? A study on health outcomes needs you!

A ‘smart’ device for stroke rehabilitation

Touch free smartphone for people with mobility disabilities uses face recognition tech

Winston-Salem Foundation Grant helps Students with Disabilities Enhance Literacy Skills

Researchers Develop $60 Sonar ‘Watch’ to Help Blind People Navigate

Silvie Bordeaux Is Saving Blind Dogs From Being Put Down With This Brilliant Invention

Teen Lands Venture Capital For Accessibility Device

Schools Must Offer Communication Supports, Feds Say

Living beyond limits

New York’s MTA Offers $50,000 Prize for Navigation Apps

‘Go Baby Go’ cars give mobility to students with disabilities

Check out some of the latest items listed on Equipment Link!


Walker – $25 or Best Offer, Silver Spring, MD

Lo-Back Wrap Around Bath Support Chair – Free, Columbia, MD

Rifton Blue Wave Bath Chair – Free, Columbia, MD

Convaid Cruiser Stroller – Free, Columbia, MD

Hospital Geriatric Recliner – Free, Olney, MD

Power Lift and Recline Chair – Free, Olney, MD

Rifton Gait Trainer – Free, Columbia, MD

Surefoot Cane – Free, Bethesda, MD

Lumex Easy Lift to Stand – $1,800, Bethesda, MD

Rollator – Free, Bethesda, MD

Bed Pan – Free, Bethesda, MD

Wide Width Walker – Free, Bethesda, MD

Elevated Toilet Seat – Free, Bethesda, MD

Hospital Table – Free, Bethesda, MD

For more information on these and other items please visit Equipment Link at www.equipmentlink.org.


Pop-up Windows

Pop-up windows (new windows that are triggered automatically or when a user activates a link) can cause confusion and disorientation for all users. While screen readers typically indicate that a new window has opened, managing multiple windows can be complicated, especially for blind users. Because of the various difficulties with pop-up windows, they should generally be avoided. If pop-up windows are triggered via a link, the user should typically be informed within the link text that the link opens a new window.

Contributed by Lori Markland, Director of Communications, Outreach & Program Development, MDTAP

Here at MDTAP, we like to share information on all sorts of AT, and especially free AT. So when we come across cool new apps, we want to get the word out. And this app is no exception. It’s cool, easy to use, and free.

SnapType for Occupational Therapy is actually, really for anyone. Developed for the iPad, it allows a student (or anyone, really) to take a picture of a worksheet and use the iPad keyboard to type in the answers. This way, for someone who has difficulty writing (dyslexia, dysgraphia, etc., etc.), the answers are written right into the worksheet. When done, save the image into the camera roll and email over to the teacher.

Voila! Easy as peas. And free!

Directions for using the app directly from the App Store:
1) Use the on-screen shutter button to take a picture.
2) Tap where you want to add text.
3) Start typing using the iPad keyboard.

4) Tap and drag to move the text boxes.
5) Resize the image by pinching using two fingers.
6) Resize the text using the slider at the top of the screen.
7) Save your work by pressing the iPad home button and power button at the same time (this saves as screen capture to your iPad’s camera roll).
8) Start over by flipping the iPad face-down for 2 seconds.

It’s getting cold outside but these stories will warm up all our thinking gears. There are dictionaries for those with dyslexia, a head controlled smartphone, some AT-related webinars (to get your learning on), and much more. So, put your reading & thinking cap on and cozy up with this week’s AT in the news, 11/10 thru 11/14.

Can Our Eye Movements While Watching Television Reveal the Presence of Glaucoma?

More customizations in our educational & accessible iPad keyboards – AssistiveWare

New assistive technology makes strides within the disabled community

The Center on Technology and Disability (CTD) is pleased to announce the first Café event

Going green is good, but could architect be doing more for aging people and veterans?

Tech tools for writers w/dyslexia. Free webinar w/ AT consultant Jamie Martin, 11/19 @ 1-2pm ET

The Practical Guide to the Future of Medicine

The Prosthetics Industry Gets A Human Touch

Head-controlled smartphone is perfect for the disabled

Robotic legs for the disabled

Refreshable Braille gets an engineer’s touch

Easter Seals Washington receives Comcast Assistive Technology Grant

AT & Employment Webinar Series- A Review of Lesser Known Funding Sources and Strategies for Work-Related Assistive Technology

For Dyslexics, A Font And A Dictionary That Are Meant To Help

In Self-Driving Cars, a Potential Lifeline for the Disabled

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