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AT in the news for the week of 5/16 thru 5/20

Pfizer & IBM Launch Research Project to Transform Parkinson’s Disease

Accessibility Checker is coming by the end of the year to Office for Mac

For Wheelchair Users, A RoboDesk For Electronic Devices

Enhancing Office 365 usability with screen readers on mobile devices and more

Welcome to the future: A Kindle-style braille tablet!

Wyss Institute collaborates with ReWalk Robotics to develop wearable exosuits

Affordable & Accessible–3D Printing Proves to Be a Realistic Technology for Helping the Disabled

MIT Device Makes You a Superhuman With a Third Hand – The Robotic Symbionts project is trying to bring

5 Accessibility Features Every Learner Should Know

Clinical trials of robotic legs helping patients walk again

Wearable For Visually Impaired Is A Guide For Indoor Spaces


Free webinar from the ABLE National Resource Center on May 26th from 2:00 – 3:30 pm EST.

Learn more and register online. 

Seeking public comment on website accessibility!

Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a “Supplemental Advance Notice on Proposed Rulemaking” on its long-awaited proposed regulations on ADA Title II website accessibility. This document revokes the “Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” issued in 2014, and seeks input on over 120 different questions regarding how DOJ should implement website accessibility regulations. Public comment is due before August 8, 2016.

Public comments online.

Sometimes called video magnifiers, sometimes called CCTVs, these devices (from desktop to portable) make it possible for individuals losing vision to read a book, check the numbers on a business card, and even do needlework. MDTAP has a wide variety of these available for demonstration and loan. From the DaVinci desktop magnifier to the handheld Ruby, there is a magnifier to meet your needs (and some are even apps for a smartphone!).

Check out our inventory of magnifiers, available for any Maryland resident with a disability.

Tetra Alarm (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.chillaxing.tetraalarm) allows you to easily set reminders for periodic, daily events. Alarms are easy to set and intuitive. Multiple alarms can be set to signal a user to complete necessary tasks throughout their day. Alarms can be signaled by various methods and can be customized to attract your most keen senses. Whether you need an audible, visual or tactile signal, you will find it available in Tetra Alarm.

Although the app can be used as a reminder for any task a user can dream of, some recommended alarms include:

  • Medication reminders
    • Meal or snack reminders
    • Scheduled medical tasks (ex. Bathroom breaks, health monitoring, stretch/rest breaks etc.)
    • Personal care or care-giving tasks
    • Household chores

Perhaps Tetra Alarm’s most distinctive feature is its ability to be set on the quarter hour. “Tetra”, meaning four, is meant to indicate not only the four quarters of an hour, but also to highlight the four limbs of the body. Tetra Alarm was inspired by the millions of people worldwide with tetraplegia. These people may have special considerations with regard to their bodies and their health, some of which may include completing tasks within a critical timeframe. Tetra Alarm is designed to be used by people of all abilities and to address an abundance of needs.

Other notable features of the Tetra Alarm include:

  • Easily set alarms on the quarter hour.
    • Easy to set and program regardless of age, literacy level or physical abilities.
    • Android Wear integration.
    • Highly customizable alarm settings.
    • Easy to read and easy to interpret interface.
    • Multi-option, repetitive alarms available (By the minute, hour, day, or week).
    • “Quiet time” feature. Alarms can be silenced when you’re asleep, in a meeting, or otherwise unavailable.
    • Availability of various alarm styles including sound, vibration and flash.
    • Sound options include recorded audio, built in ringtones and system alarms.
    • Each alarm can have a unique sound or alarm style.
    • Snooze feature is available on all alarms and with adjustable snooze lengths.
    • Notification adjustability.

Remember Tetra Alarm is your alarm. It can be used as frequently as you like and in any capacity you see fit. Just click, set and go!

Development of this application was supported by the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC), which is funded by a grant from the National Institute on Community, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under grant number 90RE5007-01-00. http://www.wirelessrerc.org/

The Department of Justice has launched a new Accessible Technology section for ADA.gov, its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Web site, to further assist covered entities and people with disabilities to understand how the ADA applies to certain technologies, such as Web sites, electronic book readers, online courses, and point-of-sale devices.  Covered entities have longstanding obligations to make their programs, goods, services, and activities accessible—including those they provide online or via other technology.  The new Web pages compile in one place the Department’s technical assistance and guidance about accessible technology, as well as information about the Department’s accessible technology enforcement efforts, regulation development, and other federal accessible technology resources and initiatives.

To find out more about the ADA, visit ADA.gov or call the Department’s toll-free ADA Information Line at 1-800-514-0301 or 1-800-514-0383 (TTY).

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