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

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Dec 3 is International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 3 is International Day of Persons with Disabilities. 29% of adults with disabilities report unmet health care needs compared to 12% of adults without disabilities.

Over one billion people, or approximately 15 per cent of the world’s population, live with some form of disability!

The commemoration of this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities provides an opportunity to further raise awareness of disability and accessibility as a cross cutting development issue and further the global efforts to promote accessibility, remove all types of barriers, and to realize the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in society and shape the future of development for all!
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