"Hello, Computer,” Star Trek’s space engineer Scotty says pleasantly, while holding a computer mouse up to his mouth as if it were a microphone. No response. “Just use the keyboard,” he’s advised. “The keyboard,” he says. “How quaint.”
In the 1986 movie “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home,” the starship Enterprise’s engineer has traveled back in time, where Scotty can’t fathom a computer without voice...
An interactive electronic system puts musical performance at just about anyone’s fingertips, regardless of disability
Update (Nov. 9, 2012): A trio of entrepreneuers recently announced the development of an adaptive, hands-free digital musical instrument; they are currently raising capital to fund their first production run. For more information on the Jamboxx, see the sidebar at the end of this artcle.
Nineteen-year-old swimmer Joe Wise has overcome numerous challenges to make it to the Paralympic Games
Update (Oct. 16, 2012): Joe Wise placed fifth in the 400-meter freestyle at the London Paralympic Games. Watch an interview with Joe to learn more about his experiences at the Paralympics.
AbleGamers Foundation is offering a grant for assistive gaming equipment for children; application deadline is Aug. 31, 2012
The AbleGamers Foundation (AFG) — a volunteer-run nonprofit organization dedicated to making video gaming more accessible for people with disabilities — has launched its 2012 Children’s Grant Program that will provide one piece of assistive technology (AT) gaming equipment to a child age 15 or younger who has a disability that makes playing digital games difficult.
For someone with a mobility problem, social situations can be nice — or nightmares
Peek into the inner workings of a disabled person's mind contemplating various extracurricular activities. There are so many considerations to be taken under advisement.
Author Kristal Hardin
Otherwise, the consequences may range from slightly humorous to somewhat humiliating to ultimately disastrous.
Iconoclast and author Mike Murphy wants a revolution in the way characters with disabilities are portrayed
I love movies. Always have, always will. I pumped my fist in the air (metaphorically) when Captain America beat the snot out of Red Skull, held my breath (also, metaphorically) while Frodo and Sam scaled Mount Doom, and teared up when the starship Enterprise first appeared in the latest Star Trek movie.
Mainstream appliances are becoming more accessible every day
You don’t have to do a total renovation of your kitchen to make your lifestyle more accessible. From storage solutions to preparing meals, minor changes can improve the functionality of a kitchen for someone with muscle weakness.
Kitchen designers and houseware manufacturers are incorporating universal design elements into their work. People who have disabilities have more choices than ever when...