Saturday, March 7, 2015

Govt resource guide: Recruiting, Hiring, Retaining, and Promoting People with Disabilities

On Tuesday, Feb. 3, at a Summit on Disability and Employment, the White House announced a new guide for employers that compiles key federal and federally funded resources related to the employment of people with disabilities. The resource guide, Recruiting, Hiring, Retaining, and Promoting People with Disabilities, provides employers with plain language technical assistance tools in an easy-to-use question-and-answer format. The guide was produced by the Curb Cuts to the Middle Class Initiative -- a federal interagency effort working to increase equal employment opportunities and financial independence for people with disabilities.

You can view the resource guide here (PDF).

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Visual assistive technology demonstration

See how new technology from Microsoft, charity Guide Dogs UK and urban design firm Future Cities Catapult can help people with sight loss navigate cities like never before. Narrated by Jen Taylor, the voice of Cortana.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Lift Labs (assistive technology company) acquired by Google Life Sciences

Lift Labs is a startup company that has developed a special spoon designed to make eating easier for people with essential tremors or Parkinson's disease. Lift Labs will be integrated into Google Life Sciences which is a part of Google X.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Technology assures deaf medical student learns surgery at UC Davis

This video was shared in 2011 and it tells the story of Amanda Mooneyham, a deaf medical student at the UC Davis School of Medicine:

Amanda Mooneyham has a 90 decibel hearing loss in both ears, which is considered profound. She can read lips and, with the help of hearing aids, can hear speech as long as the words are spoken clearly and in her direction. In a hospital operating room, where physicians are more apt to mumble than use complete sentences and where everyone wears masks and directs their attention toward the patient, Mooneyham faced a frustrating — if not entirely ineffective — surgical learning experience.

Using tablet technology to link the sounds in the operating room to an off-site medical transcriptionist, Mooneyham is able to "listen" — in real time — to every word uttered by the surgeon performing the operation.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Inforgraphic on the price of sight

Here is an interesting infographic on the price of sight. How valuable is your vision?

Via: King Lasik
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