Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities

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This dialogue seeks to identify the resources that would prove most effective for people with disabilities pursuing education, training, and employment opportunities across all arts and culture disciplines, not only as artists but cultural workers as well.
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As you look to add new ideas, comments and votes please consider the following question: What resources and programs would be most useful in helping people with disabilities prepare for and obtain employment in the arts and culture sector? Similarly, what resources and programs would be most useful in preparing arts employers to train job seekers with disabilities?
Source: Careers in the Arts - Accessibility Statement
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Bestic Feeding Device: Mealtime Independence

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Bestic : Increase your mealtime independence

There are many reasons for trying Bestic

  • Improve your quality of life and well-being
  • Facilitate communication
  • Easy to clean and handle

Bestic is suitable for...

...people with difficulties lifting or using their arms/hands. Do you get exhausted when using your arms during a meal? ...people with big uncontrollable movements/spastics Are you able to eat food from a spoon that is “parked” in front of your mouth? ...people who want to increase their activity level Missing or lacking energy to eat a full meal? Source: Caminio
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Blindfold Song Name on the App Store

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Blindfold Song Game

Blindfold Song Name is a fully accessible music game inspired by the TV Game Show "Name That Tune". In each turn, you first hear all of the song title choices. Then you will hear the song. As soon as you know which song it is, tap the screen, and then swipe up or down to your answer, then double tap. If your answer is correct, the faster you picked your answer, the more points you scored. You keep playing until you get 3 answers wrong. Blindfold Song Name comes with 3 games: Name the song, Name the song w
Source: Blindfold Song Name on the App Store
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SafeTracks GPS – Personal GPS Tracking Devices
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TRiLOC™ GPS Monitoring

Safetracks™ offers a reliable GPS Personal Monitoring Device which is ideal for communicating and locating those with living with Alzheimer’s/Dementia, Autism, those suffering from PTSD, Lone Workers and other high-risk applications.     Key Features:
  • SOS button
  • Fall detection
  • Up to 1-minute location updates
  • PING for updated location
  • 2G/3G/4G connection variable reporting parameters
  • 2-way
  • Hands-free voice
  • Lockable class
  • Splash resistant
  • SafeTracks TrackNow™ Mobile App iOS & Android
  • Electronic Geo-Fence zones
  • Email and SMS notification
  • Rechargeable battery pack
Source: SafeTracks GPS - Personal GPS Tracking Devices
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Object Recognition Apps – What Apps Might Work for Individuals with Learning or Intellectual Disabilities?

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The science of object recognition  continues to evolve combining the science of artificial intelligence, computer vision and cloud based networks providing  greater recognition accuracy of objects and entities. Application of this science to apps have also become increasingly available on mobile devices for consumers with some targeted to specific needs and individuals with disabilities.  The OT’s with Apps post entitled “Object Recognition App Feature Match” presents a variety of such object recognition apps identified for individuals with learning or intellectual disabilities. While there are numerous object recognition apps currently available,  identifying the best app for AT clients serviced has been a need to determine potential application for individuals evaluated for their AT needs. Specifically, identifying potential apps for individuals with learning or intellectual disability was important as possible AT solutions. Recognition apps for individuals with visual impairment have been available for several years and have been a population offering recognition apps specific to their needs however may have features not considered optimal for individuals with learning or intellectual challenges. Available recognition apps as “Be My Eyes app”, “Braigo app”, “Be Spectacular app” or Aipoly app target specific users and innately present features that are barriers to others (i.e. require typing user names, password, require registration,  email accounts or subscription based services for operation). While the Object Recognition App Feature Match document targets potential apps, trial of the apps appeared to be the best method to begin to determine functional application of these apps. Employing basic object recognition trial appeared to be the first step to identification of potential apps for individuals with learning or intellectual disability. Although just a start, application to clients needs would require further evaluation of their specific skills, specific task, environment and tools using evaluation frameworks as SETTor HAAT framework.
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Thanks to OT with Apps for the Tip!

Understanding the tools and tasks as simply trialed with the object recognition apps and basic objects or products begins to provide information on which apps might be most accurate, have easy operation and product information helpful for individuals with intellectual or learning challenges. Continue reading
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Knork: Ergonomically Designed Flatware

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Knork Fork

  KNORK Flatware is ergonomically designed to correctly fit the way we naturally eat. Its patented design combines innovation and function to produce a complete line of modern flatware designed with comfort, style and stability in mind. Each piece features attributes unique to KNORK including smooth stem fingertip platforms, ergonomic shape and a heavier, balanced design that won't bend or fall from a plate.

Anatomy of a Knork

The Head

Knorks broad and curved outside tines make cutting through food a breeze.

The Finger Platform

Knorks unique finger platform provides more comfort with less effort while cutting food.

The Handle

Knorks handle is smooth and enlarged for balance, stability, and leverage whether used with your right or left hand.

Features and Benefits

  • Outer Beveled Tines

    Provide highly effective cutting without being sharp, safer for children.
  • Contoured Handle

    for balance, stability, and leverage.
  • Dual Outer Beveled Tines

    flank both sides of the head for single hand usage—allows your to cut and spear food with either the left or right hand.
  • Finger Platform

    provides more comfort with less effort while cutting food. Source: Knork
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UPLIFT Height Adjustable Sit Stand Desk | Human Solution
Uplift Desk Stop, sit, and think. Now stand and do the same. Feel the difference just one small change can make? It's time to banish negative health effects from less-than-optimal working posture with the UPLIFT Height Adjustable Sit Stand Desk. Stand and move when you want to with an adjustable height desk, which allows you to alternate between sitting and standing at work for better health and productivity, giving you more energy to focus on your next big idea. The entire sit stand desk raises and lowers in seconds with the press of a button, elevating your work to where it's most comfortable for you. Our ergonomists agree this is an ideal solution for most users, but if you're working with limited space, the UPLIFT Space Saver Standing Desk has our most popular desktops in 24" depths.
Source: UPLIFT Height Adjustable Sit Stand Desk | Human Solution
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Microsoft & Tobii Dynavox – Eye Tracking Access For Everyone

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  Tobii Dynavox is beyond excited that Tobii’s eye tracking technology will be compatible with Microsoft Eye Control, Microsoft’s newest standard input method in their upcoming Windows 10 update. Every Windows 10 device will be pre-configured to use a Tobii Dynavox eye tracker (PCEye Mini, PCEye Plus, EyeMobile Plus and I-Series+), from the start, as a critical lifeline and means to communicate. To read more about this exciting news, click here. Once you have read through the most frequently asked questions and the latest information, feel free to learn more about Microsoft Eye Control in the Tobii Tech Blog. 
Source: Microsoft & Tobii Dynavox - Eye Tracking Access For Everyone. Computer Access For You. |Closing the Gap
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Motion Stool by UPLIFT Desk | Shop Human Solution

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It's time to rethink the concept of what an ergonomic office chair should be. The stylish and ergonomic UPLIFT Motion Stool has what your body needs for any type of perch-standing at your desk. The functional, weighted base keeps the stool standing tall when not in use, while rubber treading on the underside of the base won't slip as you sit, stand, perch, or tilt. The UPLIFT Motion Stool is just what you need to add to your sit-stand desk to keep you motivated throughout the day. This isn't your average sit-stand stool. Soft fabric on the seat gives you maximum breathability for even the warmest environments, while the padded convex cushion with waterfall edges reduces pressure points all over. The Motion Stool by UPLIFT Desk is a winning combination your body will appreciate from the first perch.
Source: Motion Stool by UPLIFT Desk | Shop Human Solution
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Open Sesame! Touch Free Control – Now on Google Play
Never-before-seen Touch-Free control for your smartphone or tablet. Utilizing the front facing camera with advanced computer vision algorithms, the entire phone can be controlled with head movements, with any app downloaded from the Play Store.
Sesame Enable developed the world's first completely touch-free smartphone and tablet, created for people with disabilities by people with disabilities. Sesame's application opens a new world of communication and independence to a population that needs it most: people suffering from Spinal Cord Injuries, Amputees, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy and others with limited to no use of their hands. Sesame's users regain control over their lives - making independent and private phone calls, completing school assignments, overcoming barriers to education, connecting with family and friends, engaging in social media, controlling a smart home and TV, and even managing businesses. Our users can, for the first time in their lives, gain private access to smart devices and through them – to the world.
** Supported on Android 7.0 and above **
Source: Open Sesame! Touch Free Control - Android Apps on Google Play
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