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Reveal is a new wearable from Awake Labs seeking funding on Indiegogo. The small device, worn on the wrist like a watch, measures and tracks anxiety to help better understand behaviour and prevent meltdowns. It uses sensors and advanced algorithms to track physiological signals, and then alerts the parent or caregiver about the changes when they occur.

If you’d like to learn more about the product or lock in to the base price, visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/reveal-empowered-care-for-autism#/. 

CrowdViz – Video Streaming Assistant for the Blind

Join us for a live demonstration on August 1, 2016. Noon-1 pm EST 

@ Workforce and Technology Center, Room T-130

2301 Argonne Drive

Baltimore, MD 21218

CrowdViz, an innovative mobile application for both Android and IOS, gives individuals who are blind or visually impaired the ability to immediately connect with a trusted sighted helper through a live video connection. Through remote visual support, CrowdViz empowers people to live as independently as they choose.

CrowdViz aims to push the boundaries in 3 main categories: quality of assistance, availability, and security.

Quality of Assistance: Our assistants go through a strict and carefully selective hiring process based on months of feedback provided from our blind or visually impaired beta testers.

Availability: We provide 24/7 sighted staff availability.

Security: We believe the security of our end users is extremely important. For that reason our assistants undergo careful background checks during the hiring process.

Registration is free but limited to 30 attendees.
To request an accommodation, please email Lori Markland

The Role and Impact of Vocational Rehabilitation in Inclusive Higher Education for Youth with Intellectual Disability and Autism

Study Purpose: 

  1. To determine the frequency of interaction and role played by Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies in supporting students with intellectual disability/autism (ID/A) in accessing inclusive higher education as a path to employment, and if these differ by Institutes of Higher Education (IHE) characteristics.
  2. To determine the relationship between the frequency and type of VR involvement and student outcomes (credential attainment, course access, career development activity engagement, employment rate during program and at exit).
  3. To provide in depth program descriptions as well as highlight effective VR strategies and promising practices evident across the IHE programs that have established effective partnerships with VR, documenting the types of agreements, services, and practices that are being used to support the employment outcomes of individuals with ID and autism in the context of a higher education program.


Study Impact: 
Results of this study will inform the development of effective VR intervention and practices to support postsecondary education and employment outcomes for youth with ID/A.



Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, Grant Number: 90RT5034-02-01

The news this week has done nothing but slay our hearts. If you don’t want to read any more about it, I don’t blame you. At least the articles below are a testament to the better side of humanity, the ingenuity of our minds, and the compassion of our hearts. This, here, is something to hold on to. AT in the news for the week of 7/4 thru 7/8

Cochlear implants boosted by gene therapy plus tiny LEDs

How Apple made the Watch work for wheelchair users

What to Consider When Looking at Assistive Technology

Air travelers with disabilities hope for more accessible skies

Synthetic Stingray May Lead To A Better Artificial Heart

This team devised a pair of gloves that turn sign language into audible words. Show us your tech and apply now!

Google wants to use artificial intelligence to detect eye diseases and help prevent blindness

5 Amazing Inventions That Are Helping the Visually Impaired

Google’s AI has started training neural networks to recognize the signs of eye disease

The story of how a touch screen helped a paralyzed chimp walk again

UNG, Georgia Tech students join forces to help kids with disabilities

The role of telepresence robotics in workforce inclusion

Camp Grassick’s Techno Camp helps students with disabilities learn about science, technology

Windows 10 Anniversary Update will offer improvements for Assistive Technology users

Microsoft is adding a wheelchair option for its Xbox avatars

Try these expert-approved apps to help your child with learning and attention issues

ALS Assistive Technology Challenge
The ALS Assistive Technology Challenge is a program focused around accelerating the development of communication technologies for ALS patients with development funds of over $500,000.  The Prize Phase of the challenge is now open for registration.  Final deadline for submission of the letter of intent is July 29, 2016.  The ALS Assistive Technology Challenge, a joint initiative by The ALS Association and Prize4Life, is offering a $400,000 prize for the development of flexible, accessible technology to help people with ALS communicate with ease. The challenge is open to academics, industry, young start-ups and anyone that believes they can make a difference for people living with ALS.  To learn more, visit: http://www.alsa.org/research/als-assistive-technology-challenge-2.html.

The Deadline to Submit Artwork for the 2017 IOD Calendar has been extended to Friday, July 8, 2016!

In order to give more people an opportunity to participate in the IOD Calendar, we have decided to extend the deadline. This year the IOD calendar will center around the theme of “Community”, and for the first time will feature both original two-dimensional artwork and original photography.

The submission process:

  • All artwork must be two-dimensional (i.e. drawings, paintings, or photography). Artwork may be created for the purpose of this calendar or may be selected from an existing portfolio of work that reflects the theme of “community”.
  • Each artist is welcome to submit a maximum of three (3) works of art for consideration. Submissions can be sent via email as a JPG or PDF to contact.iod@unh.edu or printed copies (please do not send originals) by mail to: Institute on Disability/UCED,10 West Edge Drive, Suite 101, Durham, NH 03824, Attn: Communications & Marketing
  • Submissions must include the artist’s name, city, state, phone number, and email. If selected, artists will receive 5 free copies of the calendar and will be asked to complete an Artwork Release Form. Unfortunately we are not able to feature any artwork without a completed release form, so please make sure you are willing and able to comply with the terms prior to submission.
  • The submission deadline is Friday, July 8, 2016.

Selected artists will be contacted no later than Friday, July 29, 2016. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us via email at contact.iod@unh.edu or by calling (603) 862–4320.

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