Apple TV Supports Close Captions


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Accessibility in Apple TV

You probably know that Apple TV supports close captions, but did you also know that you can customize the close captions on your Apple TV to suit your needs exactly?
Source: Custom Closed Captions With Your Apple TV | ATMac
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The Best List of Behavioral Apps | Apps for Kids with Social/Emotional Needs


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Between the Lines App

NESCA Director of Behavioral Services and "Behavior Code" author, the very formidable (and famous) Jessica Minahan, created this incredible list of 150+ helpful apps for kids with social/emotional needs, including;
  • Self-regulation
  • Self-monitoring
  • Behavioral data collection
  • Executive function support
  • Mood tracking
  • Depression
  • Biofeedback
  • Positive thinking
  • Social Skills
  • Meditation
  • Self-calming
  Source: NESCA News & Notes: The Best List of Behavioral Apps EVAH!
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GrayMatters App | Preserve Past Memories 


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Gray Matter App

The app aids patients and families preserve past memories, as well as today’s moments. Gray Matter – Reaching Beyond Dementia app (free with in-app purchases) is described as an interactive life storybook, paired with music & games.  The developers believe ” that people with dementia are “still here,” as Grey Matters taps into the abilities that remain to keep individuals engaged andconnected.” There are many story telling apps that have recording, video, picture and text features, however this app appears specially suited for individuals with dementia.
Memory Cards in the Gray Matters app

Memory Cards

The Huffington Post ” GrayMatter App Aims to Help People Connect to Love Ones Suffering from Dementia” provides more background information and resources on dementia that is worth reading.
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Supports for language learning | All-in-One-Visual-Support Tool


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Tabi Jones-Wohleber

Tabi Jones-Wohleber

I am constantly in awe of the creativity and generosity of AAC practitioners, particularly those like Tabi Jones-Wohleber who make fabulous materials and share them with colleagues that they’ve never even met. Tabi is an SLP on the AT Team for Frederick County Public Schools in Maryland.  A graduate of Penn State University, her career has focused on AAC.  Though she works with many schools and addresses a variety of AT needs, most of her time and creative energy is devoted to working with students with the most significant disabilities.  In this post, she introduces us to the All-in-One-Visual-Support Tool. You wont want to miss Tabi’s treasure trove of prAACtical materials.
If/Then Communication Board

If/Then Communication Board

Source: PrAACtical AAC | Supports for language learning
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Bilateral Arm Amputee Puts on Prosthesis – Uses Dressing Tree – YouTube


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For bilateral arm amputees, doing regular daily tasks without assistance from another person is very challenging. A device called a "dressing tree" makes it possible for bilateral amputees to get dressed or put on prosthetic arms independently. In this video segment, John Mitchell (Texas) and Hank Esmond (Indiana) demonstrate how a dressing tree helps them get dressed and ready for the day. Specializing in the latest technology in upper extremity prosthetics worldwide, Advanced Arm Dynamics works with arm amputees, hand amputees, finger amputees. We work with the Michelangelo hand, bebionic 3, i-limb ultra, i-limb digits and upper limb prosthetics for children. New technologies have transformed artificial limbs into robotic arms and robotic hands, bionic arms and bionic hands, sports prostheses, work-out prostheses and electric fingers. Source:  Dressing Tree on YouTube
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Blind Girl Applies Makeup | YouTube Tutorials


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Blind Girl Applies Makeup

Lucy Edwards is a 19 year old who lost vision in her right eye when she was 11 and left eye two years ago because of a rare genetic disorder called Incontinentia Pigmenti. Lucy has a great fashion sense and is very much into fashion, make up and being a social butterfly. Not being able to do her makeup anymore after her vision loss was somewhat of a setback. However, to stay positive and  to continue to do what she loved, she learned to do make up without a mirror! She didn't stop there though - along with her boyfriend, she recently started a youtube channel called yesterday's wishes where she shows both blind and sighted people how to apply make up in a very detailed manner, gives her opinions about  make up products, and shares several tips and tricks that are especially helpful for blind people.
Source: Assistive Technology Blog
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Children’s Websites: Usability Issues in Designing for Children


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Jakob Nielsen

Jakob Nielsen

New research with users aged 3-12 shows that older kids have gained substantial Web proficiency since our last studies, while younger kids still face many problems. Designing for children requires distinct usability approaches, including targeting content narrowly for different ages of kids.Millions of children use the Internet, and millions more are coming online each year. Many websites specifically target children with educational or entertainment content, and mainstream websites often have specific "kids' corner" sections — either as a public service or to build brand loyalty from an early age.
Source: Children's Websites: Usability Issues in Designing for Kids
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Google’s Guide To Designing With Empathy | Accessibility


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Screen Capture of Google Maps

Screen Capture of Google Maps

According to the World Health Organization, more than 1 billion people worldwide have a disability. To Astrid Weber and Jen Devins, Google's resident accessibility experts, that stat should be stamped on the back of every designer's hand, because it means that one out of every seven people on the planet is potentially left behind by thoughtless design decisions. At this year's Google I/O conference in San Francisco, I sat down with the two UX experts and asked them what designers could do to make their apps more accessible. The key, they told me, was using your imagination and having a little more empathy. Here are six ways designers can reach that extra billion.
Source: Google's Guide To Designing With Empathy | Co.Design | business + design
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Telepresence | Disabled People Pilot Robot with Thoughts


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    Using a telepresence system developed at EPFL, 19 people – including nine quadriplegics – were able to remotely control a robot located in one of the university laboratories. This multi-year research project aims to give a measure of independence to paralyzed people. This technology has shown that it works well and is easy to use.For someone suffering from paralysis or limited mobility, visiting with other people is extremely difficult. A team of researchers at the Defitech Foundation Chair in Brain-Machine Interface (CNBI), headed by José Millán, has however been working on a revolutionary brain-machine approach in order to restore a sense of independence to the disabled. The idea is to remotely control a robot from home with one's thoughts. The research, involving numerous subjects located in different countries, produced excellent results in both human and technical terms. The conclusions are discussed in the June special edition of Proceedings of the IEEE, dedicated to brain-machine interfaces.
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Source: Disabled People Pilot Robot with Thoughts
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Atlanta Hospital First To Use Exoskeleton Built For Children


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Exoskeleton for Children

Exoskeleton for Children

In cases of complete paralysis, an exoskeleton can help, at least partly, power an immobile arm or leg. A number adult facilities have been working with exoskeletons for some time, but Children’s Healthcare is the first in Atlanta to get an exo suit by Ekso Bionics. What this suit does is allows kids to get up and start moving quicker – maybe earlier than they’s be able to after an injury, Erin Eggebrecht, a physical therapist with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Center for Advanced Technology and Robotic Rehabilitation said during an interview on “A Closer Look.” The first exoskeletons were made for paralyzed patients. “Now we can also work with individuals that have some movement in their limbs.”
Source: Atlanta Hospital First To Use Exoskeleton Built For Children
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