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A 3-D printed brain, wearable robotics, and a tactile computer…I think I hear the future knocking. Read all about it here, in this week’s AT News Wrap up for 9/8 thru 9/12

Air Canada improves access for the vision impaired

Speech generating device helps ALS patient

Blind riders claim discrimination, sue Uber

Natural sciences museum hosts STEM career showcase for students with disabilities

Auburn student aims to create apps for disabled

Playgrounds For All Children: Here’s How To Find One

Spinal Cord Injury and Wearable Robotics

U.S. Justice Department sues Kent State over student’s therapy dog

Doctors Use 3D-Printed Replica Brains To Guide Life-Changing Pediatric Surgery

Dementia hackathon to create innovative solutions for dementia care and management

Continuing the legacy: Assistive technologies at MIT

Stephen Hawking asks devs to help Intel build a connected wheelchair

Disabled 3-year-old gets very own iron man hand

Technology always delivers next, best thing for special education

Accessibility Problems Dog Amtrak

Apps4Android updates IDEAL Currency Identifier to read notes faster & recognize new $100 note

U.S. judge: Md. must offer online voting tool in Nov.

On education technology, college lobbyists are keeping disabled students behind

New App ShowMeQR from Gus Communication Devices Helps Millions of People Work and Live Independently

Concept: Tactalis Origin Tactile Computer

The Maryland Disabilities Forum Presents: 2014 Gubernatorial Candidates

Forum on Disability Issues

Join them on: Thursday, October 9, 2014 1:00-3:00 pm at National Federation of the Blind

200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place

Baltimore, MD 21230

Click here for Pre-Registration to this Free Event!


For more information on the Maryland Disabilities Forum, contact them at 443-539-0178, or email info@mddforum.org.

Learn more about them at: www.mddforum.org

Accessibility of User Flows

When implementing accessibility, the issues on the most visited or high profile pages are often the first to be addressed. While this is effective, also consider user flows or processes. For example, on an online shopping site, focus on making the entire checkout process accessible. While the final purchasing page of this critical process may not be as high profile or receive as much traffic, if it is inaccessible, the entire flow is essentially inaccessible. Unfortunately, the user may not realize this until they have spent considerable time on previous steps in this flow.

Today’s the day! It’s Web Accessibility Training Day 2014 hosted by the National Federation of the Blind and the Maryland Technology Assistance Program. Follow NFB_voice and MDTAP on Twitter, hashtag #WATD14, to get real time updates on sessions, speakers and more.

The session materials and audio recordings will be posted after the event at https://nfb.org/web-accessibility-day

It’s good practice to make things accessible. From equipment to electronic documents, making sure everyone can access an item or information is a universally beneficial choice. And now that so many people, agencies and organizations use social media, it’s vital to ensure that the information you’re posting, whether through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or some other platform, is readable by all users.

Queens University in Ontario Canada has recently created a great series of tips for users of many social media platforms – Social Media Accessibility – Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. For anyone using social media, whether personally or professionally, this provides great tips on captioning video, alt texting images, properly/accessibly constructing tweets, and much more.

Now, go forth and learn. And wow your friends (and colleagues) with how much you know about accessibility!

Medical engineering, musicians with assistive technology, tactile space books, 3-D printed body parts…it’s like the coolest liberal arts college. Ever.

Check out all the newest assistive technology happenings right here – AT in the news from 8/25 -thru 9/5

Wearable Fall Detector Without A Button

New iBooks® Textbook Helps Visually Impaired Visit the Stars Through Touch, Sound

“Researchers found that those given access to a tablet with a speech-generating app during therapy

DC to have more disability-friendly taxis by 10/1/14

Sony challenges Google Glass with its new ‘Smart EyeGlass’

For patients with macular edema caused by diabetes, a new self-administered treatment may be on the way

Inclusive latrines aren’t all about tech

Farm People Can Change Behaviors To Reduce Risk For Arthritis

For blind bus riders, a new app boosts independence

Cheap, Low-Tech Devices Help Paralyzed Patients ‘Speak Their Minds’

Clarkson University: Clarkson University Design Team – Inexpensive Mechanically Powered Laryngopharynx

Central High grad, Auburn senior developing apps for Google Glass to enable disabled

New neuro-stimulator device created to treat epilepsy

Eighth-Graders Create Device for Disabled Student Using 3D Design Software and 3D Printing

A great article on why an AT Assessment is a valuable piece of the puzzle

“Going screenless with YouTube: how blind users experience the service” (video)

Yes, you can use an iPad to teach braille. Here’s how

New blog post – volunteer to help students get accessible textbooks this school year through Team-Up for Textbooks!

Teacher-focused webinars showcase tech & tools to help readers with dyslexia succeed

MIT grads develop real-time head injury alert sensor for parents, coaches

Eye implant turns smartphone into a glaucoma monitor

Start the school year off with technology

5 Tips to Help Your Child Who Is Visually Impaired Move Up to Middle or High School

Surgeons replace a 12-year-old’s cancerous vertebra with a 3D-printed implant

The One-Handed Violin Virtuoso

Cheap tech for polio survivors

Science Changes Lives: The musician who composes in the blink of an eye

Researchers develop artificial lens based glaucoma sensor

New Stand Up Kids’ Wheelchair a Game-Changer

Speech Apps to Smart Pens: Tech Aids Students With Learning Disabilities


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