The Abilities Expo, held in seven U.S. cities annually, offers a peek at new assistive technology and trends as well as product test-drives
Every industry has its trade shows and the granddaddy for the disability community is the Abilities Expo. Introduced in 1979, the Expo’s target audience is people with disabilities, their family members, caregivers, seniors, wounded veterans and health care professionals.
Build a custom video gaming rig that maximizes your abilities
"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...
What’s ready now and what’s in your future
Entering into the world of disability should come with a giant neon sign that reads “Warning: Technology Ahead.” It’s inescapable. Not only is it all around us but for many of us, technology keeps us alive well beyond what the naysayers predict.
Different neuromuscular diseases progress at different rates, but eventually we all start losing mobility, strength and/or dexterity. Some of us will...
More than 33 million people in the United States are gamers with disabilities. That number grows every year. Once considered frivolous, video games have become an important part of modern culture. Decades ago, no one could have foreseen the video game craze — or the impact it would have on the lives of players with disabilities.
Here’s yet another way technology lets the music come through
"I hear cymbals, but I don't see them," Stephenie Och recalls a fellow parade watcher announcing as the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Area High School Marching Band marched by this summer.
Don't let hand weakness interfere with using a tablet, e-reader or smartphone
Technology has put the world into the palms of our hands through hand-held mobile devices such as the iPad, smartphone and e-reader. But when disability caused by muscle disease takes the “hand” out of “hand-held,” the tips and products detailed in this article may help.