Adaptive Design Association | Among the Giants
The story of the Adaptive Design Association through the compelling experiences of two young women who rely on custom-made adaptive equipment. This film premiered in New York City in June 2009 and has been screened at over 15 film festivals across the US and abroad. It is a frequent selection at ReelAbilities film fesitivals
The mission of the Adaptive Design Association (ADA) is to ensure that children with disabilities receive the customized adaptations they need to achieve their full developmental, social, and academic potential. We do this by building child-specific adaptations in a model workshop in New York City; developing and testing curricula for a wide range of learners (from classmates to therapists to engineers); and creating guidelines, techniques, and devices that can be replicated in Adaptive Design Centers all over the world.
  • Challenge assumptions about disability.

  • Generate awareness that the vast majority of children and adults with disabilities need more adaptations than they currently receive.

  • Help teachers, therapists, and parents transform ideas into requests for child-specific adaptations through hands-on learning.

  • Contribute to skills training and job creation for US Veterans, the transitional workforce, and the unemployed.

  • Use the most affordable, safe, and durable building materials available, including triple-wall corrugated cardboard, wood, fabric, plastics, and electronics.

  • Advance the practical application of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM subjects).

  • Provide Service-Learning opportunities for high school, college, and graduate students.

  • Collaborate with colleges and universities to develop Adaptive Design courses and degree programs, for educators, clinicians, designers, and other related professions.

  • Encourage research studies on the impact user-specific adaptations have on those who use, those who request, and those who build them.

  • Coordinate information sharing through courses, articles, videos, and on-line programs, thus creating a thriving “Association” of Adaptive Design Centers and Adaptive Design Practitioners.

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Camp CreATe,

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Camp CreATe

Assistive Technology in New Hampshire(ATinNH) presents Camp CreATe, a week-long, hands-on experience making, taking, and exploring Assistive Technology for home, school, work, and play. Whether you join us for a single day or all five, it is sure to be an amazingly creative week!

Who Should Attend:

General and special educators, paraeducators, assistive technology specialists and providers, accessibility professionals, ADA administrators, physical and occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, rehabilitation engineers, vocational rehabilitation counselors, family members, individuals with disabilities, and others are encouraged to attend.

Presenter(s): Therese Willkomm, Ph.D, ATP and Stacy Driscoll, M.Ed, ATP

Therese Willkomm, Ph.D., ATP, directs the NH Statewide Assistive Technology (ATinNH) Program with the Institute on Disability, is a clinical associate professor in the University of New Hampshire Department of Occupational Therapy, and coordinates the graduate certificate in AT and the disability studies minor. Known internationally as “The MacGyver of Assistive Technology” and more recently as an expert in iPad modifications and apps for individuals with disabilities, Dr. Willkomm has provided AT services for over 30 years and authored 22 publications. Stacy Driscoll, M.Ed, ATP, is an Assistive Technology Specialist with the Assistive Technology in New Hampshire (ATinNH) program. In addition to her work at ATinNH she is a private consultant specializing in providing assistive technology to people of all ages. She presents regionally and nationally on a variety of assistive technology topics such as apps for executive functioning and aging.
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Google’s answer to Amazon’s Echo is code-named ‘Chirp’ and is landing soon
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Google Chirp

This particular rumor has been swirling for some time, but it's only just started to come into focus in recent days. According to reports fromRecode, Google is working on a competitor to Amazon's Echo voice control box, codenamed 'Chirp', and it'll be announced at I/O.

"OK Google, order some pizza."

The device apparently looks like an OnHub router, incorporating voice search and personal assistant features similar to Amazon's box. Other details are scarce, but it's not at all surprising to see Google bringing natural language interactions and Google Now into a standalone, home-based box. The Amazon Echo has shown huge potential thus far, and given the sheer number of services Google operates (not to mention its broad global reach), the possibilities for "Chirp" are endless.
Source: Google’s Chirp
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About | Fixperts
Why did we start this project?
We believe fixing is a valuable creative and social resource and we now know that people all over the world feel the same. Fixperts creates content that encourages people to use the power of fixing to solve everyday problems and that’s awesome.
Is there a vision?
We want everyone in the world to feel that they can fix stuff and solve problems. We believe that the design process applied to small fixing challenges has the potential to give people the insight and confidence to find solutions for themselves and others.
How did it start ?
A conversation between James Carrigan (co-founder of sugru) and Daniel Charny (curator of Power of Making). We’ve been talking about working together for a long while and fixing as a way of thinking seemed like the right thing.We loved the idea of involving as many makers as possible and decided to test it out so we set ourselves a 6 week deadline to build the pilot. It took a group of passionate people that believed in the idea to pull it together and we launched with the first 5 films in September 2012.We discovered that people connected with the idea and wanted to get involved.
Source: Fixperts Films
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MakerNurse | Solutions to Improve Patient Care

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two nurses working on a DIY project


MakerNurse is a community of inventive nurses who are creating solutions to improve patient care every day. We provide the tools, platforms and trainings to help these MakerNurses make the next generation of health technology. MakerNurse is working to understand how nurses have been innovating and making for more than 100 years, and how best to nurture that creativity and ingenuity. We want to empower nurses in bringing their ideas into realization. For ideas to go from napkin sketches into something we can hold in our hand they have to be made. Physically made. So our team at MakerNurse is really focused on understanding what tools and materials you’re using as you are out there trying things out, making everyday prototypes, and coming up with solutions.

MakerNurse Workshop Topics Include

  • Learn how to sketchdesign and prototype of your health technology ideas
  • Brainstorm how to improve existing bedside solutions you make Test out new prototyping tools and materials
  • Learn about the drivers and case examples from the Nationwide MakerNurse Study
  • Kick-start the MakerNurse community at your institution
  • Contact: for more information about MakerNurse workshops.
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Myo-controlled Prosthetic Arm | Surgical Technique

A pioneering surgical technique has allowed an amputee to attach the Modular Prosthetic Limb developed by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) directly to his residual limb, enabling a greater range of motion and comfort than previously possible. This is a first for the field of prosthetics, said Michael McLoughlin, chief engineer in APL’s Research and Exploratory Development Department. “This accomplishment has eliminated one of the biggest gaps in prosthetic development: the socket,” said McLoughlin. The socket — the part of the prosthesis that attaches to the body — is the most critical component of a prosthesis. If it doesn't fit correctly, the patient can experience pain, sores and blisters, and the prosthesis will feel heavy and cumbersome, said APL’s Courtney Moran, a clinical prosthetist who works closely with patients. Even with well-designed sockets, patients have reported problems with heat, sweating and chafing, Moran said. Source: Myo
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The Daily Moth | News in Video using American Sign Language
The Daily Moth delivers news in video using American Sign Language. The host covers trending stories and Deaf topics with a twist of humor and Deaf culture.

A Deaf Slant on the Universe

We are naturally drawn to light like moths. Under that illumination, we are free to communicate. We can’t hear, but we can feel the vibes of the world and create prisms of color with our hands. Here, we unleash our own brand of human. Alex Abenchuchan is a deaf individual who was born into a large deaf family and “overcame” deafness through vigorous signing and rapt attention to the animated signs of other people around him. He went to theFlorida School for the Deaf and the Blind and is an alumni of Gallaudet University with a degree in Religious Studies. He has a beautiful wife of seven years, Alexa, and three furry animals. Source: The Daily Moth
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DIYAbility |
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Switch Accessible Toy Makers

Electronics, programming and fabrication tools are becoming more accessible everyday. We believe people with & without disabilities can make their world with technology, creativity and collaboration. The goal of DIYAbility is to create a community for people who believe that technology is world opening. The tools and software available today can let anyone implement and make their own devices and make almost anything else. DIYAbility is not just about assistive technology and all that orthopedic looking stuff - it is about acting on an idea whether it is for personal fun or assistance. DIYAbility was started by John Schimmel and Holly Cohen (OT/ATP). John is a technologist and tinkerer who teaches Developing Assistive Technology and Web Development courses at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program. Holly is an occupational therapist and assistive technology practitioner and teaches Rehabilitation courses at NYU Steinhardt's Department of Occupational Therapy. Both have been involved with assistive technology design and implementation for several years and want to encourage more people to think creatively about technology and disabilities.
Source: DIYAbility
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Global Accessibility Awareness Day
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Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Join us on Thursday, May 19 2016 and mark the fifth Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The purpose of GAAD is to get people talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) accessibility and users with different disabilities.The target audience of GAAD is the design, development, usabilit13y, and related communities who build, shape, fund and influence technology and its use. While people may be interested in the topic of making technology accessible and usable by persons with disabilities, the reality is that they often do not know how or where to start. Awareness comes first. Read the blog post by Joe Devon that inspired GAAD.
Source: Global Accessibility Awareness Day
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EasyStand Glider

The EasyStand Glider is designed for Youth and Adults. The stander allows for active standing and is designed for easier transfers. The EasyStand Glider features state-of-the-art active standing technology found in no other stander. Designed for Active Standing Active standing provides lower body range of motion and upper body strengthening. Unlike passive standers, users move the handles with their arms (or a caregiver can assist) which creates a reciprocal movement in the legs.
Jadian Foley, T-5 Paraplegic in Easy Stand Glider

EasyStand Glider

Designed for Active Standing

Active standing provides lower body range of motion and upper body strengthening. Unlike passive standers, users move the handles with their arms (or a caregiver can assist) which creates a reciprocal movement in the legs. The full range seat has hinged, break-away sections for each leg that allow full leg extension while standing. This advanced stander enhances the medical benefits of standing and keeps the body in shape for medical breakthroughs. Numerous research studies suggest that use of an active standing frame can positively affect an individual’s health.

Designed for Easier Transfers

A wide, padded seat and flip-up knee pads make transfers easier. A positioning bar provides a sturdy hand hold during the transfer. If needed, a patient lift can also be used to transfer a person into the Glider.

Designed for Adjustability

It’s easy to customize the Glider for individuals of various heights and abilities for use in a rehab setting. The adjustable resistance cylinders are accessible to the user while in the standing position and the resistance is easily adjustable with twelve different settings. The seat depth, back angle, foot plate height, knee pad height, and handle height are also easily adjustable. Source: EasyStand Glider
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