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AbleData is the premier source for unbiased, comprehensive information on products, solutions and resources to improve productivity and ease with life’s tasks. We provide a wealth of information to assist domestic and international customers and their family members, vendors, distributors, organizations, professionals and caregivers in understanding assistive technology (AT) options and programs available. AbleData is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). Visit www.abledata.com to view our extensive directory of products and solutions, information about conferences, and publications related to assistive technology. AbleData does not sell products and we do not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications. This is a moderated channel and all comments will be reviewed for appropriate content. Please show respect to those you are addressing when submitting comments. Comments that are off-topic or include abusive or vulgar language, spam, hate speech, personal attacks, advertisements or endorsements of products or similar content will not be posted on this channel. We reserve the right to determine which comments are acceptable for this page. AbleData will not collect or retain comments in our records. This is a public forum and any information provided in comments may be publicly available on Facebook and the privacy policies of Facebook apply. As such, please do not include personal details such as your phone number, email, social security number, or any other information you do not want available to the general public. If you choose to post personal information you do so at your own risk. AbleData disclaims any liability for any loss or damage resulting from any comments posted on this page. This forum may not be used for the submission of any claim, demand, informal or formal complaint, or any other form of legal and/or administrative notice or process, or for the exhaustion of any legal and/or administrative remedy.

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Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a neurological disorder characterized by misreading common sensory information (e.g...
07/14/2020

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a neurological disorder characterized by misreading common sensory information (e.g., the sound of a car horn, the feel of a wool scarf, etc.), causing a person to experience discomfort and react in an atypical or inappropriate manner. It can affect one or more of a person’s senses, such as sight, smell, taste, hearing, touch, vestibular (i.e., balance and body orientation), and proprioception (i.e., muscle and/or joint movements). If you have a child with SPD, it may be difficult for them to carry out daily activities. To address this issue, assistive technology (AT) developers have created a wide range of AT products to help meet your child’s sensory needs. Read more athttps://abledata.acl.gov/sites/default/files/AT%20for%20Sensory%20Processing%20Disorder.pdf

If your child has an upper- or lower-extremity disability, they may need an adaptive stroller that comes with more posit...
07/09/2020

If your child has an upper- or lower-extremity disability, they may need an adaptive stroller that comes with more positioning supports (e.g., additional securing mechanisms, an adjustable headrest, an adaptable footplate) than a standard stroller. Read AbleData's new guide on Adaptive Strollers for Children with Disabilities at:https://abledata.acl.gov/sites/default/files/Adaptive%20Strollers%20for%20Children%20with%20Disabilities.pdf

Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects roughly 2.3 million individuals worldwide and wearable technology has the ability to pro...
06/30/2020
Next Steps in Wearable Technology and Community Ambulation in Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects roughly 2.3 million individuals worldwide and wearable technology has the ability to provide objective, comprehensive, and sensitive measures of gait in people with MS. Read more in this article: Next Steps in Wearable Technology and Community Ambulation in Multiple Sclerosis

Walking impairments are highly prevalent in persons with multiple sclerosis (PwMS) and are associated with reduced quality of life. Walking is traditionally quantified with various measures, including patient self-reports, clinical rating scales, performance measures, and advanced lab-based movement...

06/18/2020

AT for Writing & Journaling

06/15/2020

Due to a realignment of National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) priorities, AbleData will be discontinued on September 27th, 2020. We will post additional information as it becomes available.

06/10/2020

AT for Being at Home: Fidgets

The Northwest Association for Blind Athletes has announced the formal launch of their Sports Adaptations Video Resource ...
06/05/2020
NW Assn. for Blind Athletes launches online video resource library - KTVZ

The Northwest Association for Blind Athletes has announced the formal launch of their Sports Adaptations Video Resource Library. This library promotes equity and inclusion for learning, and is a huge step in helping make the current electronic learning environment more equitable and accessible nationwide and worldwide.

VANCOUVER, Wash. (KTVZ) -- The Northwest Association for Blind Athletes has announced the formal launch of their Sports Adaptations Video Resource Library. This library promotes equity and inclusion for learning, and is a huge step in helping make the current electronic learning environment more equ...

06/05/2020

AT for Being at Home: Do It Yourself

https://coolblindtech.com/googles-latest-augmented-reality-app-tells-you-if-youre-staying-2-meters-away-from-other-peopl...
06/04/2020
Google’s Latest Augmented Reality App Tells You If You’re Staying 2 Meters Away from Other People - COOL BLIND TECH

https://coolblindtech.com/googles-latest-augmented-reality-app-tells-you-if-youre-staying-2-meters-away-from-other-people/

Google has launched an experimental social distancing app that uses augmented reality to help you keep the recommended two meters away from other people when you’re outside. Sodar, short for ‘social distancing radar’) is a web app that displays footage from your phone’s camera and superimpos...

APH's Crossword is an accessible cross-platform web app that employs universal design concepts to provide effective tool...
06/03/2020
Crossword User Guide

APH's Crossword is an accessible cross-platform web app that employs universal design concepts to provide effective tools for solving crossword puzzles with a screen reader. It runs inside your browser and can load puzzles from multiple sources like ones from the New York Times Crossword Page.

APH's Crossword is an accessible cross-platform web app that employs universal design concepts to provide effective tools for solving crossword puzzles with a screen reader. It runs inside your browser and can load puzzles from multiple sources like ones from the New York Times Crossword PageHere ar...

https://coolblindtech.com/researchers-develop-method-to-draw-letters-and-shapes-directly-on-the-human-brain/
06/02/2020
Researchers Develop Method to Draw Letters and Shapes Directly on the Human Brain - COOL BLIND TECH

https://coolblindtech.com/researchers-develop-method-to-draw-letters-and-shapes-directly-on-the-human-brain/

Scientists give blind people ‘sight’ by drawing shapes directly on their brains A team of researchers from UCLA and Baylor have developed a method for drawing symbols, including letter and shapes directly on the human brain using electrical stimulation. The result allows individuals who’ve ent...

https://coolblindtech.com/haptic-speaker-lets-blind-and-visually-impaired-people-read-braille-in-midair/
06/01/2020
Haptic Speaker Lets Blind and Visually Impaired People Read Braille in Midair - COOL BLIND TECH

https://coolblindtech.com/haptic-speaker-lets-blind-and-visually-impaired-people-read-braille-in-midair/

German researchers have developed an ultrasonic haptic speaker that allows them to display Braille numbers without contact. Researchers at Germany’s Bayreuth University have been working to develop a special speaker system that emits ultrasound waves with the purpose of letting people read braille...

05/29/2020

AT for Being at Home: Staying in Touch

05/26/2020

Exercising during Older Americans Month

05/22/2020

Home Cooking & Baking: Vanilla Pudding

05/21/2020

AT for Being at Home: Tending Indoor Plants

These Smart Glasses Help Monitor COVID-19 Patients Remotely
05/15/2020
These Smart Glasses Help Monitor COVID-19 Patients Remotely - COOL BLIND TECH

These Smart Glasses Help Monitor COVID-19 Patients Remotely

In response to COVID-19 more and more institutions are using Smart Glasses and Augmented Reality (AR) technology to facilitate patient care. Vuzix Corporation is the leading supplier of smart glasses. Leveraging medical expertise is a world problem. Tele-medicine is the remote delivery of healthcare...

05/14/2020

AT for Being at Home: Games and Puzzles

05/12/2020

Home Cooking & Baking: Coconut Cream Pie

Google Launches Read Along to Teach Kids to Read at Home
05/12/2020
Google Launches Read Along to Teach Kids to Read at Home - COOL BLIND TECH

Google Launches Read Along to Teach Kids to Read at Home

Google has debuted a kid-focused voice assistant named Diya as part of its new educational app for Android called Read Along. Designed to teach children how to read, Diya and Read Along is aimed squarely at parents home-schooling their offspring during the current COVID-19 health crisis. The Read Al...

05/07/2020

AT for Being at Home: Hiking

VR Researchers Unveil Haptic Wearable that Lets you Feel Objects
05/06/2020
VR Researchers Unveil Haptic Wearable that Lets you Feel Objects - COOL BLIND TECH

VR Researchers Unveil Haptic Wearable that Lets you Feel Objects

As companies continue to solve virtual reality’s biggest hardware and software challenges, many researchers have been working on next-generation VR peripherals that will enable users to “feel” digital objects. Now, a Carnegie Mellon University team announced a new option: a wearable multi-stri...

05/04/2020

Home Cooking & Baking: Orange Ricotta Pancakes

How to Keep Your Glasses From Fogging Up While Wearing a Face Mask
05/04/2020
How to Keep Your Glasses From Fogging Up While Wearing a Face Mask - COOL BLIND TECH

How to Keep Your Glasses From Fogging Up While Wearing a Face Mask

You know what’s not fun? Wearing a face mask to help slow the spread of COVID-19 like a responsible citizen, and then getting fogged-up glasses. Yes, we’d rather get foggy glasses than catch or spread this unprecedented virus—or go against CDC recommendations to wear a face covering in public....

05/01/2020

AT for Being at Home: Cycling

04/30/2020

Home Cooking & Baking: Bubble Tea

Most mobile devices come with assistive technology (AT) that can help with reading, writing and organization. Common bui...
04/29/2020
Assistive Technology That’s Built Into Mobile Devices

Most mobile devices come with assistive technology (AT) that can help with reading, writing and organization. Common built-in AT features include text-to-speech and dictation technology.

Mobile devices like iPhones and Android phones have built-in accessibility features that can help with learning and attention issues. Here's what they offer.

04/24/2020

Home Cooking & Baking: Zucchini Bread

One of the latest updates to Nintendo Switch gives players the ability the make changes in button layout as part of new ...
04/23/2020
Nintendo Switch Update Adds Accessibility Feature - COOL BLIND TECH

One of the latest updates to Nintendo Switch gives players the ability the make changes in button layout as part of new accessibility features.

Looking for some other gaming information or AT? Check out our guide on AT for Video Gaming https://bit.ly/2VwNoUZ or Pinterest board on AT for Gaming https://bit.ly/3aynrZz

Nintendo has given players the ability to change the button layout of Joy-Cons and Pro Controllers. In the latest update The newest Switch update, 10.0.0, brought a ton of great features to the console, including the ability to transfer downloaded content back and forth between the system memory and...

04/22/2020

Home Cooking & Baking: Jelly Beans!

04/21/2020

AT for Being at Home: Reading

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