IoT devices may have big impact on people with disabilities
Sensor technologies, often linked to wireless applications, are one way the Internet of Things may help people with disabilities. Examples of IoT tech include iBeacons, which help vision-impaired shoppers, and the MIT Media Lab's development of connected insoles, which use vibrations to help people navigate a route without needing to glance at a smartphone for directions. CMSWire.com
World CP Day winners announced
Engineers and innovators from around the world have rallied for World Cerebral Palsy Day to create customizable and stylish solutions to help people with disabilities lead more independent lives. The top prize for the Change my World in 1 Minute Invent It competition goes to the Strider, an advanced mobility aid system, with hands-free operation, hydraulically assisted sitting and standing, exoskeleton attachment, adaptable suspension and a high-tech streamlined look. Strider is the creation of childhood friends Emmanouil Michellis of Greece and Alexander Mathioudakis who works at the University of Connecticut in the U.S.
First Hand Foundation offers funds for children
It can be difficult for parents of children with disabilities to find the funds necessary to pay for all their child's medical needs, even when they are connected with first-rate service providers such as affiliates of United Cerebral Palsy. The First Hand Foundation attempts to bridge the gaps in health systems for children in need by funding clinical necessities such as medication, therapy and surgery, medical equipment and travel necessary to secure a child's care. This valuable resource for funding distributes 100% of donations to children in need, directly assisting individuals. You can find more information and apply on their website.
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) educates, advocates and provides support services to
ensure a life without limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities. Together
with nearly 100 affiliates, UCP has a mission to advance the independence,
productivity and full citizenship of people disabilities by supporting more than
176,000 children and adults every day—one person at a time, one family at a time.
UCP works to enact real change—to revolutionize care, raise standards of living
and create opportunities—impacting the lives of millions living with disabilities.
For more than 60 years, UCP has worked to ensure the inclusion of individuals with
disabilities in every facet of society. Together, with parents and caregivers,
UCP will continue to push for the social, legal and technological changes that
increase accessibility and independence, allowing people with disabilities to
dream their own dreams, for the next 60 years, and beyond. For more information,
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