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January 27, 2003

Filed under: Assistive Technology

I came across a fledgling web site that I thought might be of interest to some people with Dejerine-Sottas: SCI PILOT (Spinal Cord Injury Peer Information Library on Technology). Billed as a resource about spinal cord injured consumer’s experiences with assistive technology, it looks to have great potential as a sort as Epinions for the disabled.

Surfing specs open net for disabled

November 13, 2002

Filed under: Assistive Technology

_38459799_specs300.jpgResearchers at the University of Ulster, UK, have come up with technology that could bridge the digital divide for disabled people. A set of customised spectacles, dubbed the Look Device, allow individuals with severe physical impairments to surf the web using just eye movements.

The Handicapped, from The Age of Intelligent Machines

October 25, 2002

Filed under: Assistive Technology

The Age of Intelligent MachinesNext on my reading list: The Age of Intelligent Machines, by Ray Kurzweil. There’s an excellent essay taken from the book about the future application of technology for the disabled reprinted at Neuroprosthesis News.

Talking with your hands

August 24, 2002

Filed under: Assistive Technology

Since some people with Dejerine-Sottas experience deafness or hearing loss to some degree, I thought this story from CNN was applicable: Talking gloves to break barriers for deaf. (They don’t actually talk, they just display what the sign-language user is saying on a monitor.) For more details, visit the developer’s homepage.

When you think disability, think zeitgeist

August 12, 2002

Filed under: Assistive Technology

To kick off this site, I’d like to begin with one of my favorite articles on the subject of assistive technology, The Next Brainiacs by John Hockenberry, from Wired. (Hockenberry, by the way, is also the author of Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs, and Declarations of Independence, which is in my opinion probably the best autobiographical “crip book” ever… at least until I finish mine.)
An excerpt from the article:
"The greatest thing people with disabilities have done for the general population is to make it safe to look weird. It’s certainly true that the general population has glommed onto some principles of assistive tech. Just roll down the street and observe the folks with wires dangling from their ears. Look at the TV commercials featuring guys with computerized eyewear."