Category Archives: Assistive Technology

Adaptive Mushing

A nonprofit startup called Noble Paws has taken adaptive technology in a new direction: dog mushing.  Based in Fairbanks, Alaska, they have developed two specialized sled designs; one is wheelchair accessible and the other is accessible for people who have difficulty standing. … Continue reading

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Airlines Mishandle Wheelchairs, Stranding People

(Sigh.)  Here we are 27 years since the Air Carrier Access Act was passed in 1986, and they’re still doing stuff like this. How an airline can smash up a $26,000 wheelchair, return it to the owner in pieces, claim they’re … Continue reading

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Mind Over Matter Is Becoming a Reality

Years ago Cathy Hutchinson suffered a stroke that left her completely paralyzed and unable to speak.  Today, even though she is still just as paralyzed, she can steer a wheel chair  and take a drink without another person’s assistance.  All she has … Continue reading

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Exploring the “Apps Jungle”

How do you determine if an app is accessible prior to buying it? How do you navigate the mass of available apps to find assistive and accessible apps relevant to you?  Would you like to improve your app-buying experience? The World … Continue reading

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Healthy Computing

Computers have evolved from from the salvation for people with disabilities to the cause of many disabling conditions. Our current computer-laden work and school environments have the potential to significantly damage our bodies. It is critical that we establish new … Continue reading

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How Stephen Hawking Uses a Computer

You’ve probably seen Stephen Hawking on TV.   The world-famous physicist and author of A Brief History of Time, has a degenerative motor neuron disesase that, after several decades, has left him almost completely paralyzed, yet he still manages to speak using a computer generated … Continue reading

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Voter Accessibility Feedback Wanted

Call me naive, but I would have thought that this long after the ADA was enacted, accessibility in voting places would be fairly well handled.  Silly me!  During the last election in 2008, only 27% of polling places were barrier-free.  That means … Continue reading

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Take a Survey on Assistive Technology

The  Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) program is conducting a survey to assess the assistive technology needs of people with disabilities. They want to ascertain both the current availability of such technologies as well as the potential for new innovative devices. With this … Continue reading

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Talking Prescriptions

En-Vision America, along with the Walmart Mail Order Pharmacy, is conducting a pilot program called ScripTalk that offers talking prescription labels for the visually impaired. All the usual prescription label information is encoded into a special ScripTalk label which can be … Continue reading

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Grand Opening of The Shop @ CIL

Come and celebrate the Grand Opening of THE SHOP at the Center for Independent Living on May 4 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm with demonstrations of assistive technology, information about The Shop, refreshments, and door prizes. The Shop provides wheelchair repairs and distributes donated … Continue reading

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