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Rob Pafford
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Paralysis  - 
 
Advanced AT in the news this morning. I can't fathom this would ever become an option in my lifetime. Giant leaps indeed!
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Wow! Truly incredible, thanks for sharing.
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Am attending the Learning Disabilities Association of New Brunswick's Symposium on Education and Learning Disabilities. Great chance to learn, great chance to meet others.
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Looking forward to it :)
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The Mitch Ebeling interview on Q I mentioned earlier hasn't been put up on their YouTube channel, sadly, but here's his 2011 TED talk on coming up with the EyeWrite - which is Open Source too. #opensource  
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Awesome +Rob Pafford ! thanks for sharing this!
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This might be old news to some, but I only heard about this today on The Current. 3D "printing" of organs - while they're looking at internal organs in this TED talk (a kidney, specifically), I could see this for things like corneas, maybe parts of the inner ear, etc, if they can get to that point. 

Anthony Atala: Printing a human kidney
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MIT Online offers a slew of free courses, and I found this offering in their Education section. I'll report back once I've gone through some of the material. 

http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/media-arts-and-sciences/mas-771-autism-theory-and-technology-spring-2011/index.htm
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Awesome find Rob. Let us know how you make out with that.
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I witnessed a high school student using this particular tablet + eye gaze product today. This student went from non-verbal a year and a half ago to now potentially attending university. It's one thing to read up on how these devices are changing the lives of so many, but another to see it in action. Awe-inspiring. 

http://accent.prentrom.com/
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This is great Rob, it is always awesome to watch someone interact with any Assistive Tech.
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Lots of innovations come from the gaming industry. Here's one person's story of how the new Oculus Rift gaming headset works around his stereo-blindness. 
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And I have a co-worker who's ordered one of them too (he's a hardcore gamer). I'm hoping to get a look this week.
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iOS 7 has a Switch Control feature via the camera. This will definitely be useful. 
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Can not wait for this feature.
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Paralysis  - 
 
I'm currently listening to an interview on CBC Radio's Q with Mick Ebeling, the philanthropist behind the EyeWriter. It was designed to help a well-known artist with ALS use his eyes to make art again. I know they're video recording the interview so I'll post it once it goes up on YouTube. 
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Now how about this..... :) 
 
I recently found that I have a number of blind followers, & I want to do right by them: I will record & tweet more sounds of the Station.
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Here's a follow-up on that MIT OpenCourse on Autism Theory and Technology. Haven't had a chance to get through the available readings yet, but there is one video lecture that was included.

This video looks at Autism from the clinical side, but helped improve my understanding greatly. The speaker does a good job breaking everything down and is very easy to follow and understand. 

Ted Carr Guest Lecture | MIT MAS.771: Autism Theory and Technology, Spring 2011
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Thanks Rob, this is great!
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This sprung out of an earlier post of mine and pointed out by +Andrew Daley. Google+ Hangouts have a lot of accessibility features it turns out - Hangout Captions, for example.
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