Eye tracking technology

Individuals with ALS, a spinal cord injury, muscular dystrophy, Rett Syndrome, and more may all have little to no upper body strength.  The inability to move upper extremities once meant these individuals could no longer independently operate something like a PC, but eye tracking software changes that. Tobii Dynavox is a company offering several products and […]

The Future of Braille

Why use Braille? Technological developments are bringing more and more assistance to those who are blind or have visual impairment. A standard iPhone ships with the VoiceOver screen reader app, allowing users to have information read to them. Speech synthesizers, once infamous for their robotic and sometimes difficult-to-understand timbre, have become more and more naturalistic. […]

Voice Banking Allows People to Communicate Using Their Own Speech

There are many assistive technologies available today to help people who have some sort of speech impairment, known collectively as the Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) field. Usually these communications involve some type of computer-generated speech, or recordings of common sayings performed by an actor. Voice banking is one option that lets those who can […]

National Cristina Foundation Connects Nonprofits with Technology

When the National Cristina Foundation was established three decades ago, nobody had yet come up with the term “digital divide.” But that’s what their mission has been for more than 30 years: to connect nonprofit groups with technology needs to donors of reusable hardware so the disadvantaged can have access to computers, mobile devices and […]

Ideas for Assistive Technology Holiday Shopping

The latest Assistive Technology Update podcast is now out, and in keeping with the holiday spirit it focuses on shopping ideas and available help. Click here to access the podcast. This is actually the second part of the sixth annual holiday assistive technology shopping episode. If you missed part one, you can access it by […]

A BuZoo Story – Early Learning in a Touch-Free Way

“Cool!” said Emmanuel, an 11-year-old with autism. Emmanuel had recently finished playing the touch-free, interactive and fun learning app dubbed A BuZoo Story. A BuZoo Story is a touch-free mobile app designed to give children living with complex communication impairment related to autism and other developmental disorders an engaging, fun and interactive learning experience. Shailah […]