Technology

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 […]

Teen who is Paralyzed to Kick World Cup’s First Ball with Mind-Controlled Exoskeleton

Colorado State University’s Idea-2-Product 3D printing laboratory has developed a robotic exoskeleton that allows individuals with mobility limitations the ability to walk. The fascinating device will be worn by a volunteer who is paralyzed who, with the help the assistive technology, will rise from her wheelchair, walk to the center of the field, and then […]

Two Northern Michigan Beaches to be Accessible in Early June Thanks to Community Efforts

As a part of their Access for Everyone Campaign, Disability Network has collaborated with community members to raise funds to make the beaches at Bryant Park in Traverse City and Camp Petosega in Alanson accessible in early June through the purchase of beach pathways. Ribbon Cuttings for the projects will be held on June 19 […]