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University of Michigan Researchers Invent Augmented Reality Game to Improve Inclusion of Kids with Disabilities

Recently, there have been notable advances in technology that allow kids with disabilities to engage in more equitable competitions with non-disabled peers. For example, the organization AbleGamers is working hard to promote adaptive video game technology, such as Microsoft’s new adaptive controller for Xbox (which you may recognize from this viral Superbowl commercial). However, when…

AbleGamers: breaking down barriers for people with disabilities

When people outside of the disability community think of “accessibility,” they may picture wheelchair ramps, large bathroom stalls, or designated parking spaces. However, these are just some very basic aspects of accessibility: it really goes far beyond the entrance and use of public places. Even in virtual worlds, accessibility is important. Mark Barlet, a veteran…

Recent Research Indicates That 3D Gait Analysis Can Help to Predict Success of Achilles Tendon Lengthening (ATL) Surgery in Children with Cerebral Palsy

Achilles tendon lengthening (ATL) surgery can help to treat ‘equinus foot,’ also known as tiptoe walking, which is a common symptom of cerebral palsy (CP). However, many children who have ATL surgery experience overcorrection, and end up walking with a crouch gait. Therefore, it would be valuable to identify individual characteristics that could predict the…

VocaliD: Creating Unique Voices for Nonverbal People

There are many forms of adaptive technology that give voices to non-verbal people. Famously, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking is able to talk by moving only his cheek. He has an infrared sensor on his glasses that can pick up on muscle movement; this is connected to a computer with advanced word prediction software. Once he…

9 Apps for Children with Special Needs

In recent years, software companies and parents have worked to develop many apps that utilize modern technology such as iPhones and iPads for the benefit of people with cerebral palsy. Technology is not a one-fits-all approach for all types of disabilities, but it can help some people with disabilities to better connect with the world…