Shedding Light on a Hidden Disability

Brain injury (BI) is one of the leading causes of death and disability across the globe. Every year, an estimated 1.7 million Americans sustain a BI. And approximately 5.3 million are living with a disability caused by a brain injury. As discussed in a previous Easterseals blog, a TBI is “caused by a bump, blow […]

Inclusion Drives Innovation

Inclusion drives innovation. A prime example of this concept lies in the story of Internet pioneer Vinton Cerf. Despite his hearing loss and difficulty speaking, Cerf found himself heavily involved in communications with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in the ’70s. His frustration with verbal communication — and his colleagues’ openness to alternatives — […]

Exploring Emotions: Social Tools and the Autism Spectrum

Every year, INDATA hosts four full-day training sessions that take people from all walks of life inside the intricate, ever-expanding world of assistive technology. “These training days open the door to all kinds of important discussions and discoveries,” said Brian Norton, Director of Assistive Technology at Easterseals Crossroads. This year’s slate of sessions concluded at […]

Accessible Adventures in Indiana

“Indiana is becoming more accessible now than ever before,” said Ric Edwards, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Program Director for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR). A wheelchair user since 1970, Edwards has watched closely as the state’s level of accessibility has evolved over the years. His work for the DNR involves keeping […]

Steve Swain: An Assistive Technology Champion

While looking back at when he started as Indiana AgrAbility’s rural rehabilitation specialist, Stephen J. Swain, ATP, let out a hearty laugh and said, “I really had no idea what I was getting into.” Swain has family members with disabilities, but the world of assistive technology (AT) and the language of accessibility was foreign to […]

Creating a Social Experience Through Video Games

People with disabilities can need assistance in many different ways – getting trained for and finding a good job, communicating with others and even negotiating some of the basic necessities of life. But some have chosen to provide a helping hand by making video games more accessible. One of the foremost in this field is […]