Seed and Weed board with a hand

Making gardening accessible through new inventions

A gardening tool is currently being used as an assistive device for blind people. The invention is called Seed and Weed, and was created by Earl Senchuk, who has also invented several other gardening tools. ABC 10 News spoke with…
pictures of various hearing devices decorated with colorful stickers

You can now buy Princess Ariel decorations for your hearing device

Most people have felt the fear of being ‘different’ at some point in their life. As adults, we learn that differences are often the parts of our lives or personalities that make us fun and interesting. As children, however, it…
Ricahrd using a remote with his mouth

How everyday technology can be adapted to make independent living possible – the life and times of Richard Devylder

This month the community of people with disabilities lost a valued member and friend to many. Called “a long time disability advocate and former appointee at the U.S. Department of Transportation,” by the National Council on Disability, Richard Devylder…
e-reader on a desk with a pile of books

National Federation of the Blind slams proposed education contract with Amazon

In letters sent to the New York City Department of Education on August 7 and August 13, the National Federation of the Blind criticized a proposed contract with Amazon Digital Services that would provide inaccessible e-readers to students. At…
Man in wheelchair next to his baggage in an animated airport terminal, outside beyond a wall of windows, sits a plane on a tarmac

Agency reports rise in disability related airline complaints

Disability discrimination complaints against airline carriers rose 9 percent in 2014, according to the Department of Transportation’s latest annual report [PDF] on disability related airline complaints. In 2014, 36 U.S. carriers that submitted data reported 24,044 disability related air travel,…
Man uses Uber app on cell phone and laptop

CA agency: Uber failing to provide accessibility information

Uber may face suspension in its home state for failing to provide data on its efforts to make its ride-sharing services accessible for people with disabilities. In 2013, California became the first state to enact regulations for ride-sharing companies, which,…
girl taps screen on tablet

Video explores how communication apps assist people with disabilities

An Australian news station recently ran a story about how communication applications on iPads and tablets can work as assistive devices for people with disabilities. The station, UOWTV, met with young adult Jordan Taunton and her mother, Jody Taunton, in…
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Mother uses social networking and technology to fight stigma

Technology is constantly changing the world we live in. In the video below, one mother describes how she has found ways of using social media and technology to break down social stigma around blindness. Jessie Lorenz says that her young…
Hand touching a board of color code shapes

Color recognition code associates shapes with colors

Think of all the instances in society where color recognition is essential. Correct identification of traffic signals when driving, appropriate workplace outfits and presentation, careers in fashion, architecture, or design – all of these areas require knowledge and recognition of…