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Curated links regarding technology and how it can be used to improve the lives of people with disabilities
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Laser-Guided Robot for People with Disabilities - Disaboom

Laser-Guided Robot for People with Disabilities - Disaboom | Technology and Disability | Scoop.it
Have you ever wished you had a robot to complete tasks that your disability makes difficult? Check out El-E, the latest effort from Georgia Tech's Center for Healthcare Robotics.
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This looks awesome!
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Mobility Debut at Detroit Auto Show 2012 - Disaboom

Mobility Debut at Detroit Auto Show 2012 - Disaboom | Technology and Disability | Scoop.it

A new exhibit showcasing transportation options for people who are physically challenged debuts at the Detroit auto show this year. This new feature will be located in Cobo Center’s Michigan Hall and will allow visitors to experience vehicles and accessories that have been adapted to meet a variety of needs.

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Massachusetts woman with disabilities moves robotic arm with her thoughts Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments

Massachusetts woman with disabilities moves robotic arm with her thoughts Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments | Technology and Disability | Scoop.it

Using only her thoughts, a Massachusetts woman paralyzed for 15 years directed a robotic arm to pick up a bottle of coffee and bring it to her lips, researchers report in the latest advance in harnessing brain waves to help persons with disabilities.

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Video - Robot Guide Dog

To help out people who could benefit from a service animal but don’t want to take care of a live one, Japanese engineers NSK have developed a quadruped robot that looks a bit like a biological dog. The robot performs the duties of a service dog for visually impaired people without the needs for bathroom breaks or socializing.

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The Chariot: New gizmo for getting around

The Chariot is a new wearable device that could help people with physical challenges as well as some professionals get around. Biomedical engineering company, Exmovere Holdings, has unveiled a prototype of the high-tech transportation device.
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System Lets Wheelchair Users Drive Using Pierced Tongues | Gadgets, Science & Technology

System Lets Wheelchair Users Drive Using Pierced Tongues | Gadgets, Science & Technology | Technology and Disability | Scoop.it
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App gives voice to people with disabilities - Technology & Science - CBC News

App gives voice to people with disabilities - Technology & Science - CBC News | Technology and Disability | Scoop.it

Thousands of people around the world with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, aphasia and Parkinson's are now using MyVoice, a state-of-the art communication technology developed by two University of Toronto students.


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Manufacturer Adapts Factory Plant for Disabled Workers

Manufacturer Adapts Factory Plant for Disabled Workers | Technology and Disability | Scoop.it
The sewing machines at the Peckham factory in Lansing, Michigan, churn out 300,000 garments a month for the American military, from long underwear to fleece jackets. About 1,200 employees work two shifts a day to meet production deadlines.
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MIT Assistive Technology: Universal Access

MIT's Assistive Technology Group is actively working towards implementing state-of-the-art solutions in order to make cutting-edge technology accessible to t...
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Technology: Expanding Options for the Disabled - nytimes.com

Recent advances in computer technology have given the disabled more options in the devices they use to communicate.
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Researchers create brain-computer interface that bypasses spinal cord injury paralysis | ExtremeTech

Researchers create brain-computer interface that bypasses spinal cord injury paralysis | ExtremeTech | Technology and Disability | Scoop.it
Scientists at Northwestern University in Chicago have successfully bypassed the spinal cord and restored fine motor control to paralyzed limbs using a brain-computer interface.
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Best Assistive Technology for Communication TapToTalk - Disaboom

Best Assistive Technology for Communication TapToTalk - Disaboom | Technology and Disability | Scoop.it
Assistive technology for communication doesn't get any better than TapToTalk.

TapToTalk makes communication cool for youngsters with autism, apraxia, Down syndrome, and a host of other conditions that make speech difficult or non-existent. TapToTalk is great because it helps a child fit it socially with the ability to have it on the Nintendo DS, a device that so many other kids have.

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Solar panel eye implant promises gift of vision to visually impaired

Solar panel eye implant promises gift of vision to visually impaired | Technology and Disability | Scoop.it
Scientists at Stanford University School of Medicine have recently devised a system for people suffering from vision deterioration using tiny solar panel like cells surgically implanted underneath the retina.
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Losing More to Gain More: Amputees’ Once-Unthinkable Choice

Losing More to Gain More: Amputees’ Once-Unthinkable Choice | Technology and Disability | Scoop.it
As artificial limbs are infused with better technology, some people are opting to amputate more extensively to regain something more akin to normal function.
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Smart Glove Turns Prosthetic Arms into Feeling Limbs | Gadgets, Science & Technology

Smart Glove Turns Prosthetic Arms into Feeling Limbs | Gadgets, Science & Technology | Technology and Disability | Scoop.it
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Exoskeleton allows paraplegic man to climb mountain

Exoskeleton allows paraplegic man to climb mountain | Technology and Disability | Scoop.it

Every journey begins with a single step – and for a disabled father, every step to the top of Mont Saint Michel in Normandy was a miracle. Seiji Uchida has been paralyzed from the waist down for more than 28 years, but with the help of a friend and a very cool futuristic exoskeleton, he was recently able to realize his dream of climbing the mountain.

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"HAL" (Hybrid Assistive Limb®) - CYBERDYNE

"HAL" (Hybrid Assistive Limb®) - CYBERDYNE | Technology and Disability | Scoop.it

The Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL), a 'wearable robot' which is in development and uses nerve impulses from the brain to create movement.

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Assistive technology - tech that changes lives

We’re flooded with new technological innovations, many of them advertising the way that they ‘change the game’ – but real technological innovations are those which actually change lives.
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The SimplyHome System™ Named Edison Awards Best New Product Finalist

Asheville, NC (PRWEB) April 20, 2012 SimplyHome, a leader in the Assistive Technology industry, announced that its SimplyHome System™ has been named a best new product finalist by the internationally renowned 2012 Edison Awards™.
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Assistive Technology Partners Overview

This video briefly describes Assistive Technology Partner's mission, how ATP helps people who need assistance, and what endeavors ATP is involved in.
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The best iPad apps for special needs kids

The best iPad apps for special needs kids | Technology and Disability | Scoop.it
Speech-language pathologist makes her picks for kids with learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders.
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