Vibrating ARC Pen Helps Those with Parkinson’s Write

Something many individuals often take for granted are daily tasks such as eating and handwriting.  However, when an individual is affected by Parkinson’s, these tasks are anything but simple.  Last year I wrote about a utensil called Liftware, a spoon that helps cancel tremors making it easier to eat.  And now there is a new device being tested to […]

Project RAY: Devices for the Blind and Visually Impaired

When commuting to work, we select our favorite albums on our smartphones to sing along to.  When traveling, we often type in the destination using a maps app.  Throughout the day, we check our email, make phone calls, send texts, and so much more–all on our smartphones.  We hold onto these handheld computers with white knuckles because it’s our […]

Snap&Read Universal

From childhood through adulthood, many individuals face challenges in reading.  Fortunately, there are assistive technology options available to help these individuals.  For some students, “simply hearing passages aloud is enough to understand them.  Other students need leveled text.”  The creators behind Snap&Read Universal believe that a reading accommodation should do both.  So what exactly is Snap&Read […]

AM125 – Accessibility Minute Relaunch with Laura Medcalf

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Show Notes: Hey there! Welcome to Accessibility Minute, your weekly look at Assistive Technology–those clever tools and devices designed to help people who have difficulties with vision, mobility, hearing or other special needs. Welcome to the re-launch of the Accessibility Minute podcast! My name is Laura Medcalf and […]

Meld: The smart new way to cook!

I am all about connecting appliances to the Internet of things; doing so helps me live more independently.  Thanks to home automation and an app in my smartphone, I am able to lock/unlock doors, adjust the thermostat, turn lights on/off, and more!  Now there is a new, sizzling gizmo, called Meld, that I’m looking into to further my […]

Bloomington Recognizes April as Accessibility Awareness Month

It’s estimated that nearly 1 in 5 Americans (or 43 million individuals nationwide) have some form of disability.  The City of Bloomington in Indiana is on a mission to spread accessibility and disability awareness.  During the entire month of April, the City of Bloomington’s Council for Community Accessibility (CCA) celebrates Accessibility Awareness Month.  Throughout the month, […]