Technology

Adapted in TC: The necessity for invention

Featured in The Traverse City Record Eagle on Jan. 14, 2017. WRITTEN BY SUSAN ODGERS Local columnist. As a person with a disability, I currently use both manufactured and homemade assistive devices. Like many people, I need help with activities of daily living, health care and recreation. Assistive devices allow me to do things independently. However, no […]

Is Your AT Considered Durable Medical Equipment?

Is Your AT Considered Durable Medical Equipment? – by AbleData Published: 11/09/2016   Is Your AT Considered Durable Medical Equipment? What is the difference between durable medical equipment (DME) and assistive technology (AT)? According to the Assistive Technology Act of 2004, P.L. 108-364, AT is any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired […]

FCC Clears Path for Real-Time Text

Media Contact: Will Wiquist, (202) 418-0509 will.wiquist@fcc.gov For Immediate Release FCC CLEARS PATH FOR TRANSITION FROM TTY TECHNOLOGY TO REAL-TIME TEXT Commission Moves Toward Modernizing Wireless Phone Text Compatibility WASHINGTON, December 15, 2016 – The Federal Communications Commission today amended its rules to allow phone companies to replace support for an outdated form of text […]

A New Era of Assistive Technologies for People with Disabilities

Featured on the website Motherboard.Vice.com on Oct. 31, 2016. Written by Joseph Neighbor. 3D cameras have ushered in a new era of assistive technologies for people with disabilities. One such project, the Wheelie, allows users to control a wheelchair using only their facial expressions. Designed by Paulo Gurgel Pinheiro — a Brazil-based Intel® Innovator, co-founder and […]

6 Awesome Assistive Devices for Those with Motor Control Issues

BY LUCINDA WATROUS posted on Huffpost Healthy Living Blog on May 13, 2016. In the United States, 18.7 percent of the civilian population between the ages of 18-64 lives with some kind of disability. Of that group, 1.9 percent of them live with a self-care disability, whether physical, mental, or emotional, that affects their ability […]

Navy funds autism-screening app, hoping for help with PTSD

By JENNIFER McDERMOTT, Associated Press | Sunday, 20 Mar 2016 | 10:47 AM ET The Associated Press   PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Navy is paying for research into an app to screen for autism in the hopes that it could eventually be tweaked to look for signs of post-traumatic stress disorder. While developmental and trauma disorders […]

Scam Alert – Fake Social Security Emails

Posted on SSA Blog on January 27, 2016 by Amy Herbert, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC The subject line says “Get Protected,” and the email talks about new features from the Social Security Administration (SSA) that can help taxpayers monitor their credit reports, and know about unauthorized use of their Social Security number. It even cites the […]

Adapted in TC: The Special Challenges of the Sight-Impaired

BY SUSAN ODGERS Local columnist Melinda Hollands is a wife, mother, social worker at Munson Medical Center, cross-country skier and person who is legally blind and is helping me learn what it’s like to navigate northern Michigan. I am extremely respectful of what Melinda knows experientially. As my friend, she is one of the most […]

“Mouth Operated Mouse” wins Thingiverse Assistive Tech Challenge

BROOKLYN, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MakerBot Thingiverse, the world’s largest 3D design community, is pleased to announce the winning designs from the Assistive Technology Challenge. The challenge asked the Thingiverse community to create 3D printed devices for people with disabilities and make them available for others. There are more than 200 million people with disabilities around the world […]