Wheelchair controlled by facial expressions to hit the market within 2 years


Brazilian researchers have developed a wheelchair that can be controlled through small facial, head or iris movements. The team says the technology could help people with cerebral palsy, those who have suffered a stroke or live with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and other conditions that prevent precise hand movements.

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Rob using Active Hands gripping product to lift weight

“Active Hands” Products Enable Accessible Gym Workout


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.

Glastonbury Festival — a sign of how society is changing


This year’s Glastonbury festival is the first ever to be awarded “gold” status by campaigners who want better access for deaf and disabled people at concerts and music venues. Festival organisers said the award was a sign of how “society is changing the way it thinks and acts towards disability”.

Amputee holds orange in prosthetic hand

More access-improving technology


“The researchers at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EFPL) in Switzerland and the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA) recently developed a completely new sensory feedback channel which allowed a Danish 36 year-old amputee, Dennis Aabo Sørensen, to feel objects in his hand in real time. This was the first time in nine years that Sørensen experienced the sensation of touch.”…

Wheelchair in water

Wheelchairs for the Water


The New York Times reports: Beachgoers with mobility issues visiting Trinidad and Tobago can now use amphibious wheelchairs at a flagship beach that allow people with disabilities to safely enter the water. Four amphibious wheelchairs are available free to visitors at Maracas Beach through the country’s new Amphibious Wheelchair Service. Two lifeguards per wheelchair take visitors…

The “Access Dollar” – a growing opportunity in tough times


Businesses and organisations throughout New Zealand are being challenged to think differently about how to attract new customers via the Be. Welcome Accessibility Programme and capitalise on the ‘access dollar’. In this tough economic climate, Be. Accessible is encouraging businesses to look at accessibility as a way of increasing customer bases and making themselves stand…