Feb 28th, 2014 by MDTAP Blog
Feb 27th, 2014 by MDTAP Blog
With the extreme cold and snow that has been plaguing most of the country, not only people with disabilities but their service animals too are at risk during emergencies. How do you and your service animal prepare if the electricity goes out and the heating system fails? How do you and your service animal prepare if you’re using public transportation that gets stuck in icy gridlock? The scenarios are endless, and probable in some cases (as recent news stories have highlighted this winter). It’s important to have a plan in place, to know what you “might” do in case you need to take action.
The University of Kansas offers the video “Animal Emergency Preparedness”. This short video gives basic information on steps you can take to ensure the safety of your service animal or pet during an emergency.
We can’t change the weather but we can be prepared to weather through it.
Feb 26th, 2014 by MDTAP Blog
Feb 25th, 2014 by MDTAP Blog
Victor Stream Version 4.3
Contributed by Joel Zimba, Special Projects Coordinator, MDTAP
The second generation Victor Stream from Humanware has been available for some time now. It resembles the earlier model, but is a far superior device. While nearly every aspect of the Victor Stream was improved, from the smaller form factor to the higher-quality voices, one of the most useful changes was the addition of WiFi connectivity. It has taken a while for the software to catch up with the potential under the hood. With the release of the Stream Software 4.3, we are beginning to see how leveraging wireless connectivity will keep the Steam relevant.
There are certain obvious advantages to an always connected piece of hardware. You can listen to thousands of streaming Internet radio stations, and podcast feeds will update automatically. Also, personalized content from NFB NewsLine can be delivered for offline reading. This is of course the level of convenience we have come to expect from tablets and smart phones.
An innovative means of accessing other online content like Wikipedia and Wiktionary has also been added. This is more than just “cutting the cord” on the old paradigm. It’s making the Stream immediately more useful.
The Victor Stream is currently priced at $369. For some time I had thought that dedicated devices like the Victor Stream and the BookSense were going to vanish as nearly all of their functionality can be replicated with mainstream hardware such as an iOS device. However, the competitive price point, coupled with a team of dedicated developers, may keep the Victor Stream alive for some time to come.
Feb 24th, 2014 by MDTAP Blog
The HSC Foundation’s ADA Program is seeking the next generation of disability advocates! Young leaders with a disability are encouraged to apply for up to $10,000 in funding
The Advocates in Disability Award (ADA) program awards and encourages a young adult with a disability between the ages of 14 and 26 who is dedicated to positively affecting the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families. The program also supports an innovative project developed by the recipient to serve and empower individuals with disabilities.
Funded by both The HSC Foundation and the Sarah Beth Coyote Foundation, the selected recipient is awarded $3,000 in recognition of his or her disability advocacy and will receive up to an additional $7,000 in funding support for a project to benefit the disability community. Applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States at the time of application submission and recipient selection.
The Advocates in Disability Award Program is part of The HSC Foundation’s National Youth Transitions Initiative.
To apply, go to: www.hscfoundation.org/2014ADA.php.
Applications must be received by April 11, 2014 (by 5:00pm ET).
Feb 21st, 2014 by MDTAP Blog