Technology

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 […]

The season’s best gifts for the blind or visually impaired

By: ALIX  HACKETT  Want to make someone smile this holiday season? Assistive technology can be a game-changer for people who are blind or visually impaired, offering ingenious solutions in the classroom, at home or in the workplace. Right now, Perkins Solutions is making it easy to give the gift of accessibility with theirHoliday Gift Guide, […]

Thought-Controlled Genes Could Someday Help Us Heal

People can control prosthetic limbs, computer programs and even remote-controlled helicopters with their mind, all by using brain-computer interfaces. What if we could harness this technology to control things happening inside our own body? A team of bioengineers in Switzerland has taken the first step toward this cyborglike setup by combining a brain-computer interface with […]

Video-on-Demand Children’s TV Programming Now Accessible for Thousands of Students with Visual or Hearing Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education announced the availability of free, video-on-demand children’s television programming for thousands of students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing. Dozens of children’s and family TV episodes may now be viewed online featuring closed captioning and descriptions through the Education Department’s Accessible Television Portal project. Among the […]

Free Currency Reader Program for Blind and Visually Impaired Offered by Bureau of Engraving and Printing

As an interim measure in advance of issuing tactile-enhanced Federal Reserve notes, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) is providing currency readers, free of charge, to eligible blind and visually impaired individuals. Download the application to order a currency reader here. On July 3, 2014, the BEP announced its distribution plans for the U.S. Currency […]

Top 10 Reasons to Attend MI Council for Exceptional Children Conference from March 4-6

And the Top 10 Reasons are… •Collaborate and network with experts in the field and other professional colleagues from around the state •Be a presenter and share your knowledge • Be a part of the largest and longest running special education conference in Michigan • Celebrate Michigan students, teachers, administrators, parents and community members for […]

KnowBullying, a Free App from SAMHSA, Can Prevent Bullying.

Research shows that parents and caregivers who spend at least 15 minutes a day talking with their child can build the foundation for a strong relationship and help prevent bullying. The time you spend will help boost your children’s confidence and build effective strategies for facing bullying—whether children are being bullied, engaging in bullying, or […]

FingerReader Reads Printed Text to People Who are Visually Impaired

A team at MIT has developed a prototype for the FingerReader, a wearable device that helps a person who is reading printed text. The assistive technology can be used by people who are visually impaired and require help with accessing printed text, and those who need aid with language translation. Wearers scan a text line […]