A New Zealand designer is revamping the traditional wheelchair design with a new model that frees the arms of the user. Instead of using the hands to create movement, the user moves their upper body to direct the two wheels.
Simple solutions are often best, even when dealing with something as complicated as Parkinson’s. In this inspiring talk, Mileha Soneji shares accessible designs that make the everyday tasks of those living with Parkinson’s a bit easier.
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.
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.
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.
Source: Herald on Sunday Teina Boyd is paralysed from the chest down but the young mum of one says her goal isn’t to walk again – it’s to get her laugh back. Boyd broke her neck in a freak accident last year on Labour Weekend while horsing around with friends. A miscalculated dive on to a…
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.
A US-based start-up company, Open Bionics, is getting help from Disney to replace the boring prosthetic limb with the cool superhero-themed prosthetics for kids. These 3D-printed hands that will turn an amputee into a superhero.
If the Ryan Phillips life story were made into a movie, the McGuffin, the most desired thing the determined 11-year-old hero could imagine in the opening scene, would be to live on his own. Phillips knew in middle school he wanted to be free to come and go as he pleased, beholden to no one and in charge of his life.
A Christchurch earthquake survivor and double amputee is heading to the United States to be fitted with the latest prosthetic legs. Stacey Herbert is going to a clinic that specialises in making computerised legs for amputees like soldiers wounded by bomb blasts.