iMerciv. Wearable Assistive Technology
Buzz Clip alerting device for the blind

Buzz Clip

Feel the Buzz, Not the Bump.

The BuzzClip is a small and discreet wearable for people that are blind or partially sighted. The device uses ultrasound to detect obstacles that may lie directly in one's path. It then notifies the user of these obstacles through intuitive vibrations, allowing the user to safely navigate around any objects that they may encounter. The BuzzClip offers essential head level obstacle detection and can be easily attached to many forms of clothing, making it a highly versatile and useful device.All aspects of the BuzzClip from its design to its functionality have been created with our customers in mind. It is a new spin on existing ultrasound technology and can dramatically change the lives of people living with blindness or severe vision loss, particularly for those who have just recently lost their vision. It is an extremely practical mobility tool that can reduce fears of travelling and it provides a reliable way to inform a user of their immediate surroundings and prevent collisions.
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The iPad & Students with Visual and Multiple Disabilities: Making it Easier to Get Started | Paths to Literacy
The iPad is an awesome tool for children with disabilities, including those with visual impairments as well as other multiple disabilities (MD/VI).  Now you have an iPad – but how do you and your kiddos get started? First, change your settings to make it easier for kids with motor difficulties to successfully access the screen.  The iPad has features that are cool for most people, but for our kids with motor issues they can make it really hard and confusing.
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For example, if they accidentally swipe left or right, it can switch between open apps.  What’s happening?
Source: The iPad & Students with Visual and Multiple Disabilities: Making it Easier to Get Started | Paths to Literacy
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Tecla | Access technology hands-free


Tecla is for anyone who can’t easily use a smartphone, tablet or computer. This includes those with limited upper-body mobility resulting from spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, ALS, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, brain injuries, or stroke.
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Tecla E


Tecla allows an individual to interact with their iOS and Android devices, computers, and smart home systems -- hands-free. This includes the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android smartphones and tablets, and smarthome automation systems. It works with all assistive switches on the market including buttons, sip-and-puff controllers, head arrays, joysticks and the driving controls of a wheelchair.


This means you can use Tecla and your smart devices literally anywhere you are. Use it from your wheelchair during the day, or from your bed at night. Tecla moves with you. Unlike other assistive devices that aren't portable, Tecla adapts to where you are.
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Sue Austin: Deep sea diving … in a wheelchair | TED Talk |
When Sue Austin got a power wheelchair, she felt a tremendous sense of freedom — yet others looked at her as though she had lost something. In her art, she conveys the spirit of wonder she feels wheeling through the world. Includes thrilling footage of an underwater wheelchair that lets her explore ocean beds, drifting through schools of fish, floating free in 360 degrees. Interactive transcriptInteractive transcript Sue Austin Performance artist In repurposing her wheelchair to create fantastical art, Sue Austin reshapes how we think about disability. Source: Sue Autin: TEDxWomen 2012
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App Search Resource List – 2017 | OT’s with Apps & Technology

App Search Resource List – 2017

               Updated App Search Resource List


Searching for the right app can be a timely process.  Many app lists these days are dated, making it hard to sift and winnow for the right app when considering there are thousands of possibilities. Further, we now may be considering apps across Chrome, Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac when considering the multiple devices used by clients or within an educational systems for client served. All considered, it can be a difficult and timely task. Although lists don’t hand you the answers for apps, they can provide some guidance for app choices when they come from reputable sources. When looking for apps I also strongly consider the following app details when making a choice:
  • Has the app been around for a while?
  • Has it been updated recently ? I steer clear of apps that have not been updated in the past year ( or less) as system changes are so frequent. Recent updates tell me the developer is committed to supporting the app so that it will function appropriately.
  • What are recent comments that may reflect how currently changes may affect the app function? Is it now working solidly as reflected in reviews or comments?
  • What OS is required to support it? Will it work on your current device or operating system?
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Listed below is an updated list of app/extensions/resources related to assistive technology. Although there remain areas not represented, it is a current list of app search engines and resources that may be helpful to you. OT’s with Apps eToolKit App Resource List 4-2017 If you have suggestions for current lists of apps or technology for special needs, please share!
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Unite for Literacy Resource | OT’s with Apps & Technology
Unite for Literacy is a free online picture book resource supporting non-readers of individuals of different cultures. It counteracts book scarcity for non-readers of different languages with this online resource of digital books. A community based organization supported by business who have partnered to supply online digital books to promote literacy. This is an exceptional, free resource which promotes early literacy learning via digital devices. Unite for Literacy  offers easy to navigation of the digital book selections, ability to change language, provide narration by different languages and search by categories. Unite for Literacy image 1 Unite for Literacy image lang 2 The interface is extremely simple with a picture menu and ability to navigate through the book shelves and within a book using arrow at the right and left sides of the screen. Unite for Literacy pg navigation 2 Developed for computer and mobile device access, books are easily accessible by young and old as well as for individuals with sensory, intellectual or mobility challenges using the web based book library.
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What a wonderful resource to support early literacy learning for all ages! Have you used Unite for Literacy? Share with others who have the need for an early literacy resource!
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Download Gazespeaker ⋆ Free Software Downloads
Gazespeaker AAC software interface

Gazespeaker AAC

"Gazespeaker is a free software designed to help people with disabilities to communicate and interact with their environment and the web uniquely with their eyes."This is a fantastic free suite for eye gaze which is developing at pace. AAC options include symbol grids (using ARASAAC) and keyboard entry - predictive text and numerous languages and keyboard layouts are provided.


Multiple users are supported and a capable grid editor included.The software includes built-in support for very reasonably priced eye gaze units such as Tobii EyeX and provides built-in dwell or blink selection. In mouse mode Gazetalker will work with any pointing device - including head mice (see the related downloads at the base of this page) or other cheap eye gaze systems which include mouse emulation - eg Gazepoint GP3.
Source: Download Gazespeaker ⋆ Free Software Downloads
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Waypoint Adventure
Adventurer in Kayak

Adventurer in Kayack

Waypoint Participant

Waypoint Participant

Waypoint Adventure is a non-profit educational organization founded in 2010 that uses quality experiential and adventure-based programs to transform the lives of individuals with disabilities.Waypoint works with school groups, social service organizations, families and individuals to offer custom designed adventure programs that meet their goals and objectives.These programs are not just about having fun on a boat ride, climbing high on a rock or sliding down a zip line – They are about positive individual and group development. They’re about building social and character skills, forming teams and transforming people’s views of themselves and their abilities. Waypoint believes that all people, regardless of ability, will have opportunities for adventure, and through them realize their personal value, strengths and abilities. The challenge faced and support discovered in these experiences challenge people to become stronger individuals and community members.
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Braille Blaster Transcription Software

Braille Blaster

A New Leader in Braille Transcription Software

BrailleBlaster is a braille transcription program being developed by the American Printing House for the Blind to help transcribers provide blind students with braille textbooks on the first day of class.

What is BrailleBlaster?

BrailleBlaster takes advantage of the rich markup contained in NIMAS (National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard) files to automate basic formatting and gives you tools to make advanced tasks quicker and easier. Designed primarily for editing textbooks that meet the specifications published by the Braille Authority of North America, the purpose of BrailleBlaster is to help braille producers ensure that every student has their braille textbooks on the first day of class.BrailleBlaster relies on Liblouis, a well-known open-source braille translator, for translating text and mathematics to braille.
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Introducing the Gazepoint GP3 HD – Gazepoint

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We are very happy to announce the release of our newest eye tracking system, the GP3 HD. The GP3 HD system maintains all the great features of the GP3, it’s very easy to setup, quick to calibrate, interfaces with all existing hardware accessories (Laptop & VESA screen mounts) and software (Gazepoint Analysis & Remote Viewer).
Gazepoint device


And it’s still the most affordable high performance research system on the market.As the names suggests the GP3 HD has an upgraded imaging system which uses a larger HD image sensor and a USB3 interface to allow for a larger field of view. The GP3 HD will also be offered in either 60Hz or 150Hz variants. The GP3 HD is a significant upgrade with the following benefits:
Source: Introducing the Gazepoint GP3 HD – Gazepoint
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