Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Muppetts St. Patrick's day

Happy St. Patrick's Day

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Braille in Advertising

Interesting use of Braille in an advertisement for dish gloves via I Believe in Advertising. Careful, it's quite an addictive site.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Maine Antique Digest on Assistive Technology

I never suspected Maine Antique Digest to get into Assistive Technology, but there it is. In their March 2009 edition, in their computer column is an article entitled, Assitive Technology
Geared towards antique users, not those collecting antique AT, it's not the most detailed article, it does introduce the idea those unfamiliar with what AT is. It covers vision, mobility and speech impairments. I would have liked to see a bit more detailed information, but it's a start.

"Many antiquers depend on their computers for things such as writing letters and using the Internet for research, buying, or selling, but suppose reduced vision or mobility interferes with using a computer. Such problems can arise suddenly because of injury or illness, develop gradually, or exist lifelong. Perhaps the following ideas will help you or allow you to help someone else.

Information on computer technology to overcome reduced vision or mobility is available. In fact, there is so much information that it is hard to sort out. We can only do a broad survey and point out possible directions. The Internet is a rich source, but every hardware or software solution found should be evaluated. Some will be obsolete or unsuccessful. Others still will be under development. The successful current products will vary greatly in price."
-Maine Antique Digest

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Monday, March 9, 2009

Aimee Mullins Running on Prosthetics from TED

I've written about the TED conference before regarding Jill Bolte Taylors speech on witnessing her own stroke. Here's another interesting speech from TED with runner Aimee Mullins. She is a double amputee who ran in college and the paralympics. She talks about her prosthetics and design of the various legs she uses. I love the story of running in the paralympics and her competitors and difficulty getting high heels.

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Friday, March 6, 2009

Cerebral Palsy at Work

An excellent piece on high schools students from Commack High School getting involved and solving some assistive technology needs for an individual with cerebral palsy. It shows it doesn't need to be expensive or complicated, just well thought out and executed. .

New Office Workspace (NOW) from CommackHighSchool on Vimeo.

Via Core 77

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Libraries and Autism: Training Video for Librarians

An interesting piece on autism designed as a training video for librarians. Good information for anyone who may meet or work with an individual with autism in a public setting.

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Monday, March 2, 2009

Disabled Drivers Ahead

Courtesy of David Plotzki

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