iTunes – Books – Inclusive Design for iBooks Author by Greg Alchin


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Inclusive Design for iBooks Author

 
Greg Alchin is a specialist in Inclusive Learning Design with over 30 years experience as an educator in K - Tertiary contexts. In his book, Greg distills research based universal design principles and learning design strategies into clear and easy techniques to incorporate into your iBooks Author project. Implementing these proven principles and strategies can enable any learner without exception to personalise how they perceive, operate and understand your book. By designing your iBooks Author project for inclusion, you permit personalisation, create choice, build engagement and sustain learning. In other words, you design a better book that is more usable to a wider audience.

Source: iTunes - Books - Inclusive Design for iBooks Author by Greg Alchin

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Accessible TV for the Visually Impaired | Comcast


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TV is universal. Access should be as well. XFINITY on the X1 Entertainment Operating System has accessibility features built right in. We’re bringing customers innovations like the industry’s first talking guide, video description, accessible mobile apps and the new voice remote. All designed to bring the magic of entertainment to everyone.

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Thanks to Disability Scoop for the Tip!

Source: Accessible TV for the Visually Impaired from Comcast

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ii-Music |Musical Instrument for Eyegaze and Head Trackers


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ii-Music

ii-Music is a new musical instrument for eyegaze, designed to be played with your eyes.  It operates using cursor position and "dwell to click” meaning that you can use it with almost any cursor control-based system, including head-trackers.  No need to read music or memorise scales to give this a go - all you need is a love of music. The software is also compatible with Skoog, so you can also use it to enhance your performance by changing notes or adding effects on the fly.

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The Teen Building A Cheaper, Better Prosthetic Arm


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Prosthetic Arm

Easton LaChappelle taught himself robotics and combined open source designs with 3D printing to create a completely functional prosthetic arm. Even as Easton refines his designs, he’s using new and more powerful tools such as the HP Sprout to post his designs online for anyone to refine, repurpose, and use. He’s not just creating one thing, he’s giving everyone the ability to be their own engineer, to take what was once an involved, arcane process and make it one anyone can do. As tools such as the HP Sprout continue to proliferate, making 3D modeling and object scanning as simple as placing the object under a camera, we’ll continue to find new luminaries, and seeing how they redefine the world.
Video Demo: http://bcove.me/p0fxuaj5

Source: Meet Easton LaChappelle, The Teen Building A Cheaper, Better Prosthetic Arm

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Hi-tech Contact Lenses That Zoom


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High Tech Contact Lens

High Tech Contact Lens

Agence France-Presse – Swiss researchers are developing contact lenses that contain tiny telescopes to boost vision and zoom in and out with the wink of an eye. latest advances in vision aids – some of which could potentially help the 285 million people worldwide with some form of vision impairment –  were discussed at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in California. The contact contains an extremely thin, reflective telescope, which is activated by winks and embedded inside a 1.55 millimeter-thick lens.  First released in 2013 and fine-tuned since then, the prototype was unveiled by Eric Tremblay from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland.The lenses come with smart glasses that respond to the wearer’s winks – but not blinks – so that the user can switch almost effortlessly from normal to magnified vision and back. The wearer blinks with the right eye to activate the telescope, and with the left eye to deactivate it.

Source: Blind hope: hi-tech contact lens zooms with wink of an eye - BizNews.com

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History of Assistive Medical Devices


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Assistive Technology from Ancient to Modern Times

 
A popular history of assistive medical devices that improve functional capabilities, and adaptive technology specifically designed for people with disabilities.Technology has haven’t so much in recent years, especially in this digital age, but some of the assistive technologies we have today were developed on the foundations of ancient society.

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Relax™ Accessible IR Learning Remote | Environmental Control


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Relax ECU

Relax ECU

Environmental Control | ECU | EADL The Relax™ is an accessible infrared (IR) learning remote that comes with an updated modern design and provides direct touch and switch control access.

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Don’s Keyboard | Free OnScreen Keyboard Resource!


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Free OnScreen Keyboard Resource!

After hearing Not Impossible Founder Mick Ebeling on the radio, Lorraine contacted Not Impossible to help create a digital solution for her husband. The Not Impossible team, led by volunteer Javed Gangjee, utilized its know-how, the HP x360 Convertible PC and SpeakYourMind Foundation software to develop a simple interface that replicated Don’s paper letter board.

Don was now able to access a new world of technology and communication for the first time since being diagnosed.Through this simple technology, Don independently wrote a love letter to his wife and was able to audibly say “I love you, Lorraine” for the first time in 15 years.

Using the device, incorporating HP hardware with SpeakYourMind Foundation software, Javed's engineering skills and Not Impossible know-how, Don was finally able to independently write and deliver a love letter to his wife around their 25th wedding anniversary. While his world at home remains constant, his life with technology has just begun.

Source: ALS Patient, Husband, and Father Voices ‘I Love You’ for the First Time in 15 Years - Not Impossible

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KD Smart Chair – Lightweight, Portable Power Wheelchair


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KD Smart Chair ( Lightweight, Portable Power Wheelchair ) is an FDA cleared mobility device and was designed to be the most convenient electric wheelchair on the market today. It can be easily folded in seconds and transported in your car, SUV or truck. It is also ideal for travel due to it’s compact size. Now you can bring your wheelchair on the cruise ship, airplane, bus or train.
Our wheelchair is built for durability, safety and reliability for people with mobility issues. It is made of strong aluminum alloy, which gives the chair a total weight of only 50 pounds. It is also more stable than the wobbly 3 wheel scooters. Plus, it can support passengers weighing up to 265 pounds!

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InftyReader | Optical Character Recognition


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InftyReader

InftyReader is an Optical Character Recognition (OCR) application that recognizes and translates scientific documents (including math symbols) into LaTeX, MathML and XHTML!
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