When Sam Schmidt gets behind the wheel of his Corvette, he starts the engine with the sound of his voice, accelerates with a puff of air and tilts his head to turn the car — a semi-autonomous vehicle called SAM designed by Arrow Electronics — around a corner.
“I believe that losing my hearing was one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever received,” says Elise Roy. She says: “When we design for disability first, you often stumble upon solutions that are better than those when we design for the norm.”
Decades ago, few pediatricians had heard of autism. In 1975, 1 in 5,000 kids was estimated to have it. Today, 1 in 68 is on the autism spectrum. What caused this steep rise? Steve Silberman points to “a perfect storm of autism awareness” — a pair of psychologists with an accepting view, an unexpected pop culture moment and a new clinical test.
Michael Conway was born with Spina Bifida and has never been able to walk, but the 28-year-old has never let his “unique ability” stop him rolling forward. When Michael was offered a job in Auckland a few years ago, he didn’t hesitate to make the move. Unfortunately, the work dried up and Michael needed to shift back to Wellington to be nearer friends and family.
Cosmin Mihaiu is the CEO and co-founder of MIRA Rehab, which develops software that engages patients in interactive and therapeutic games, making physical rehabilitation fun.
As a competitive wheelchair racer Rob Smith spends a lot of time training in the gym. Without his gym workouts he would not be able to compete at the world-class level that he does. Rob shows how, with only the Active Hands gripping aid range, you can perform a variety of exercises.
Source: Wired.com Entrepreneurs love to claim they’re “reinventing the wheel.” So what do you say when you’ve actuallyreinvented the wheel? “I love spokes, I’ve just come up with something different,” explains Sam Pearce, a British designer who, if you haven’t guessed already, created a spoke-less, shock-absorbing wheel that’s being used on wheelchairs and bicycles. Loopwheels,…
Daniel Kish has been blind since he was 13 months old, but has learned to “see” using a form of echolocation. He clicks his tongue and sends out flashes of sound that bounce off surfaces in the environment and return to him, helping him to construct an understanding of the space around him. In a…
Any parent will tell anyone who will listen that their child is special – often gifted, sometimes challenged but definitely special.
So what happens in the education system when our kids really are special, gifted or challenged, kids with disabilities or special abilities? Sadly, the answer is very dependent on the school zone and more importantly, on the school’s principal and the Board of Trustees.
By AliceAnn Meyer Jameson has a very rare disorder, his family believe he has Pfeiffer Syndrome. Fed up with cruel comments directed at her little boy, his mother, AliceAnn Meyer penned a touching blog post which has gone viral. She shared it with The Herald. We’ve had some encounters recently that have inspired me to…