Stem cell-based cartilage could fix your broken hip


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Stem Cell Cartilage

3D Scaffold | Stem Cell Cartilage

Doctors want to 3D print transplantable organs from your own stem cells, but now they might be able to replace a bum hip, too. A team of scientists in St. Louis and Durham used stem cells to grow cartilage on a 3D "scaffold" that can be molded into the exact shape of a patient's hip joint. It could then be implanted onto the surface of the bone, replacing the regular cartilage that acts as a "lubricant" for the ball and socket-style joint. Since it would be made from your own stem cells, there's no chance of rejection.
The 3D scaffold is made from a woven material that can bear up to 10 times a patient's weight, letting them to exercise and otherwise live normally. It can even solve the original cause of the program, which is usually osteoarthritis. Using gene therapy, they genetically programmed the joint to release anti-inflammatory molecules on demand to keep the arthritis at bay. "Our hope is to prevent, or at least delay, a standard metal and plastic prosthetic joint replacement," says Washington University Professor Farshid Guilak.
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SuperKeys Assistive Keyboard


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SuperKeys provides a new, accessible keyboard for people with mild to moderate physical challenges and those with low vision. There’s no double-tapping and no scanning – just large, clear target areas to use in your own time. There’s even a shortcuts keyboard where you can enter whole customizable phrases with a single tap.Just seven keys instead of 30+The unique design of SuperKeys gives you just seven large keys to target instead of more than 30 small ones!
Just tap the cluster containing the letter you want, and then tap the letter in the enlarged cluster. There’s no double-tapping, no essential swiping, and no learning required.Intelligent word prediction. You will rarely have to type a complete word because SuperKeys includes our word predictor, developed over 10 years to minimize your key presses. The suggestions are displayed on large buttons to make selection easy, and up to four suggestions are shown.
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This Device Converts Any Manual Wheelchair Into a Power Chair


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The indieGo is an add-on power device built to be compatible with any existing wheelchair and aimed at portability, accessibility and affordability.
And now, thanks to partnerships with the Center’s assistive technologies department and theHurleyville Maker’s Lab, and a $1.125 million grant from Google.org’s Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities, the indieGo is becoming a reality. It’s currently being tested among residents at The Center for Discovery and is slated to be available to the public in late 2017. “Whether the user uses a joystick or access switches, has a folding wheelchair or rigid wheelchair, the indieGo is designed to accommodate as many people as possible,” marketing lead Jason Kean told The Mighty. “We also understand the intricacies of having a device fit into someone’s life; that’s why we are designing indieGo to be highly portable so it can be easily placed in the trunk of a car or carried up a flight of steps.”
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Skin into a Touch Screen | Artificial Electronic Skin


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Cell phone interface on a user's arm

Electronic Skin

07Technology can be awkward. Our pockets are weighed down with ever-larger smartphones that are a pain to pull out when we’re in a rush. And attempts to make our devices more easily accessible with smart watches have so far fallen flat. But what if a part of your body could become your computer, with a screen on your arm and maybe even a direct link to your brain?

Circet Bracelet wearable TechCircet Bracelet

Artificial electronic skin (e-skin) could one day make this a possibility. Researchers are developing flexible, bendable and even stretchable electronic circuits that can be applied directly to the skin. As well as turning your skin into a touchscreen, this could also help replace feeling if you’ve suffered burns or problems with your nervous system. The simplest version of this technology is essentially an electronic tattoo. In 2004, researchers in the US and Japan unveiled a pressure sensor circuit made from pre-stretched thinned silicon strips that could be applied to the forearm. But inorganic materials such as silicon are rigid and the skin is flexible and stretchy. So researchers are now looking to electronic circuits made from organic materials (usually special plastics or forms of carbon such as graphene that conduct electricity) as the basis of e-skin.
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One Switch – iOS: Easier Switch Access


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Guided Access and Switch Recipes
These two features available as standard in iPads and iPhones (iOS9 onwards) can make all kinds of things easier for all types of users. You can try them even if you don't own a switch. This PDF download can help you get set-up straight away: iOS Switch Recipes for Beginners.1. Guided Access: This feature enables you to lock a user within a single app and shield off parts of the screen that may get them lost in menus. It features a timer for shared or controlled use too. Video used with permission by Ian Bean.2. Switch Recipes: Enable you to repeatedly trigger an action on the screen. Really useful for taking timed photos, playing some games, turning pages in an electronic book and so on. Video used with permission from Ian Bean.3.
Accessibility Shortcut
This allows you to stop and start the above modes by triple-clicking the Home button (once set up).4. Apps that are great for one-switch recipes: Looking through photos or the pages of a book (use the default Turn Pages recipe). Taking lots of photos with no need to use complex switch menus (you'll need two custom recipes, one for portrait photos and one for landscape, as the on-screen "take photo" button changes position). Games. Music. Sensory activities and much more....Switch Hardware: Some excellent iOS switch interface and switches can be found at Inclusive Technology, Pretorian Technologies (I've been using their very nice iSwitch) and AbleNet.Creating a Basic One Switch Accessible iOS Game: The absolute basics are to make it compatible with the "Tap Middle of Screen" recipe to start, play and restart. Remember there's no such thing as too easy for some players. Make the difference between pressing the switch and not pressing the switch very clear to distinguish. Make it fun for a broad audience!For more help, see Ian Bean's Switch Recipes in iOS9 and Guided Access guides and AbleNet's Switch Control - The Missing Guide. You may be interested to view this plea to Apple video which they clearly listenend to. Thanks Apple!
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Accessibility in the workplace – a competitive edge


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Various consumer at computers People across Europe increasingly rely on technology to get their jobs done. But if you have a disability, this can be a challenge. Almost half (48%) of all EU citizens living with disabilities are unemployed. This means over 38 million people are missing out on the opportunity to participate fully and equally in society. Improving this state of affairs by creating workplaces adapted to the needs of those with disabilities is essential in order to empower individuals to make the most of their potential. But it also makes good business sense.A new study by Forrester Research examines how organizations across Europe have integrated accessible technologies and strategies within their organizations, and the tangible benefits this has delivered. Over 80% of organizations surveyed from across both the private and public sectors agree that their accessibility strategies have helped them build a more diverse workforce from a broader talent pool, or retain employees who have become disabled.Even more strikingly, the benefits of rolling-out accessible technologies across an entire organization were found to stretch well beyond the immediate value for employees with disabilities. 80% of private sector and 75% of public sector organizations highlighted  that in doing so, they were able to increase productivity and efficiency among their entire workforce.
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Adina Braha-Honciuc leads Microsoft’s Accessibility, Sustainability and Environment Policy for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
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Home | gpii.net


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The purpose of the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) is to ensure that everyone who faces accessibility barriers due to disability, literacy, digital literacy, or aging, regardless of economic resources, can access and use the Internet and all its information, communities, and services for education, employment, daily living, civic participation, health, and safety.As our countries build out their broadband infrastructures to ensure that broadband reaches everyone, it is important that 'everyone' includes people with disability, literacy and aging related barriers to Internet use. We need to be sure that we don't stop at just connecting people to the Internet - but that we also see to it that they can actually use it, and benefit from all that it has to offer.The GPII would not create new access technologies or services, but would create the infrastructure for making their development, identification, delivery, and use easier, less expensive, and more effective. Like building a road system does not provide transportation but greatly enhances the ability of car companies and others to do so -- and provides an infrastructure that car companies themselves cannot do. The Internet is the infrastructure for general information and commerce. The GPII enhancements to the Internet would provide the infrastructure to enable the Internet to be truly inclusive for the first time.
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Accessible Grills & Firerings – YouTube


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This video shows examples of Pilot Rock brand wheelchair accessible charcoal grills and campfire rings manufactured by R. J. Thomas Mfg. Co. and how they meet the ADA guidelines for accessibility.

Model ASW-20 park grill is ADA Compliant  

Grate

The cooking grate on this grill requires less than 5 lbs. of force to move, and requires only one hand to operate (ADA-ABA 309.4: Draft Final-Outdoor 1011.3).  The cooking surface is less than 34” high (ADA-ABA 902.3; Draft Final-Outdoor 1011.5).

Firebox

The grill firebox can also rotate 360 degrees in either direction on a theft proof swivel attachment. Standard 3-1/2” OD x 40” long base post for embedded installation (B2). The firebox is 6” high on the swivel side, and 10” high on the other side to provide wind protection above the cooking grate. This charcoal grill includes all welded firebox construction: 3/16” (7 ga.) thick steel, plus integral die-formed flanges to retain ashes and reinforce the firebox from heat. Plus all welded cooking grate fabrication: ½” diameter solid steel bars, mounted on steel tube allowing it to swivel 180 degrees.  The operator handle includes a 1/8” x ½” flat bar coiled spring grip.  All grate bars are welded on both sides. All components of this charcoal grill are finished with high temp, non toxic black enamel paint. Model B18 Surface Mount Base Post for ASW-20 Grill OPTIONAL: Model B18 surface mount base post (instead of standard embedded post). Surface anchor bolts are not included - use Model ANC1-4 Concrete Anchor Kit.  Becomes Model ASW-20 B18. Source: Pilot Rock Wheelchair Accessible Products
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Flip A Grip – Home


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Folding Grab Bar

The Flip A Grip is a must have for folks with difficulty walking and transferring. Consider the benefits and features of this patent pending invention: + Promotes independence! It is a big deal for people to be able to safely get in/out of their homes all by themselves. + Designed by a Physical Therapist to prevent falls
flip and grip grab bar attached to door frame

Flip  A  Grip

+ Non-Slip grip that glows in the dark! + Simple to install and folds easily out of the way. + Made in the USA of sturdy materials that will last in interior or exterior applications. The Flip A Grip meets the ADA strength standards for grab bars and meets ASTM specification 446-85. + The Flip A Grip allows you to push down and pull unlike grab bars which only provide something to pull on. + The Flip A Grip is small enough to fit in spaces where a large grab bar will not work- like doorways. It fits perfectly between your exterior door and screen door.
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Doormatic Automatic Door Opener | Drive Medical


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Automatic Door Opener

The Doormatic revolutionizes opening doors. No drilling, no tools, no structural changes to door or door frame Automatically opens and closes internal doors. Easy "tool-free" installation with hook and loop fastener. Battery operated. Simple "push" or "pull" activates the automatic door opener.Easy-to-read menu.Waiting time and speed can be preset.Operates on many different surfaces.Comes with obstacle
automatic door opener attached to base of door

Automatic Door Opener

detection for added safety. Add optional remote control  for those who cannot push or pull door. Add an optional motion sensor  for those who cannot push or pull door and cannot operate remote control. Door opens by breaking the beam. (Can be preset) Source: Doormatic Automatic Door Opener | Drive Medical
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