Undergraduate sophomore students invent SignAloud – gloves that translate Sign Language into text and speech


Thomas Pryor and Navid Azodi of the University of Washington are the $10,000 Lemelson-MIT “Eat it!” Undergraduate Winners for their invention SignAloud, gloves that translate sign language into text and speech.

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Monkeys drive wheelchairs using only their thoughts


Neuroscientists at Duke Health have developed a brain-machine interface (BMI) that allows primates to use only their thoughts to navigate a robotic wheelchair. The BMI uses signals from hundreds of neurons recorded simultaneously in two regions of the monkeys’ brains that are involved in movement and sensation.

Assistance dog changes lives for Palmerston North family


A Palmerston North family are hoping to pay it forward after realising the impact an assistance dog has had on their lives. Last year, after three years on a waiting list the family was given a black labrador assistance dog. They’re now trying to raise $20,000 to pay it forward to help another family with a disability.

New cochlear implant technology gives Deaf people a ‘new ear’


While remembering the cultural importance of sign language, it’s exciting to see the potential impact of technology to create access and participation. A young man from Lone Tree, Colorado, deaf since the age of 4, can now hear better than normal hearing people. That’s because he recently got the very latest technology in cochlear implants.

Catherine Frazee receivers her Order of Canada from Governor General David Johnston in Ottawa on Wednesday. Frazee, who was born in Canning, has been celebrated for helping change the way Canadians view disabilities.

Order of Canada awards includes disability activist


Catherine Frazee, a disability rights advocate, former chief of the Ontario Human Rights Commission and professor emeritus at Ryerson, was appointed to the Order of Canada last year but was awarded her official insignia by Gov. Gen. David Johnston at a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on 18 November.