In research conducted by the University of Kansas, preschoolers with autism will use an iPad voice output app with their classmates. This will help determine whether the technology can improve deficits in communication, social reciprocity and play skills typical for children on the autism spectrum. Read more about the app for autism.
- Intellectual Disabilities
In an effort to commit to persons with disabilities and ensure that they are treated equally with dignity and respect, Singapore has ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCPRD). On August 18, 2013 the Convention will come into effect for Singapore marking a significant milestone. Singapore’s Masterplan, which gives Singapore a roadmap for an inclusive society where persons with disabilities are empowered to contribute to society, is credited for making it possible through the 3P (People, Public, Private) collaboration. Read more about Singapore committing to persons with disabilities.
Micah Lahren of Technibble.com discusses assistive technology (AT) for business clients who have disabilities. Some of the AT he mentions includes:
- Espeak – the default text-to-speech synthesizer for Ubuntu
- Assistive Mouse Adapter - a device that filters out unwanted movements, such as tremors, when using a mouse
- Trackball – a device that offers a better grip for persons with dexterity impairments
To read more about AT that helps clients with various types of disabilities, read Assistive Technology Solutions for Your Clients.
March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Developmental disabilities include cerebral palsy, down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, traumatic brain injury, and autism. Established by President Reagan in 1987, the commemoration depicts the achievements that persons with developmental disabilities have made and challenges that that they still face.
The following articles discuss Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in depth:
- March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
- Developmental disabilities month holds personal meaning
- Empower yourself, empower someone else
- County to Honor Support for Those with Intellectual Disabilities
- Gov. Fallin creates developmental disabilities panel
- Failing Those With Developmental Disabilities
According to Cornell University, in 2011 there was an estimated 14,144,300 (4.9%) people in the United States with a cognitive disability. Broadly speaking, intellectual disabilities pertain to difficulties with memory; problem-solving: attention, reading, linguistic, and verbal comprehension; math comprehension; and visual comprehension. Intellectual disabilities range from mild, moderate or severe and many people have one or more intellectual disability.
Are you attending the 28th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (CSUN) 2013 in San Diego, CA?
Interactive Accessibility's CEO, Kathy Wahlbin, will be presenting at two sessions and cordially invites you to attend:
Ensure that your product works with assistive technology
Assistive technology (AT) is a term that describes the tools that people with disabilities use to access websites and applications. To ensure compatibility between the assistive technology and your product, Interactive Accessibility will confirm that assistive technology can work with the product and that the product is usable for people with disabilities.