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People with lung failure are usually connected to a machine that pumps their blood through a gas exchanger to provide oxygen and remove carbon dioxide – but this often confines them to bed. The longer they are bedridden, the weaker their muscles become and the less likely they are to recover.
#lungfailure #oxygen #tech #assistivetech #disability 

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This is the second to last installment in my series "Pray That They Listen to the Man With No Voice" in which the story comes full circle to that desperate prayer request there I made on December 12, 2016.

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>We recently published an article in PLOS Biology demonstrating direct brain communication of completely paralyzed, locked-in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehring's disease.
In our study, four completely paralyzed patients (including eye paralysis) were able to answer many questions with a "yes" or "no" over extended time periods just by thinking yes or no.
The thoughts were detected with a functional near infrared spectroscopy-based (fNIRS) auditory brain-computer interface at the bedside of these patients.
These results may be the first step towards abolition of completely locked-in states, at least for patients with ALS.

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The 2 major Linux distros for blind people are merging their resources together instead of competing! Story from Vinux:

Sonar merges with the Vinux Project. and team up.

Exciting news for the Sonar and Vinux communities.
A special meeting was held early 2017 between core Sonar and Vinux team
members. It was agreed that the two projects will be working together
toward common goals. Whilst Vinux has recently indicated to move the
distro base from Ubuntu to Fedora, several meetings have been held
between Vinux and Sonar core members with an agreement taking place
toward common goals that will freshen up both projects. Some teams have
been expanded, and new teams have been created within Vinux, with the
influx of Sonar developers and users. Project leader Rob Whyte said that
the merge will minimize fragmentation and combine resources. Most
importantly, having a larger active community will allow us to develop
some visions we have had for some time.

Going forward in 2017, Vinux hopes to become a not for profit
organization and to step up what we can deliver to our loyal user base.
Under the new arrangements, Vinux has agreed to stem into the ARM
architecture, offering exciting new possibilities, and has also
committed to again provide Vinux hardware, focusing primarily on ARM

Though mainstream distro accessibility is paramount, we believe after
much consultation that a specialised distro is still required.
Together with Linux-a11y, most commonly known for the active development
of the Fenrir screen reader and the OCRPDF and OCRDesktop text
recognition tools, Vinux has agreed to continuously push for and
contribute to accessibility inclusion within main line distributions.

Vinux plans to produce images based mainly upon the Mate desktop
environment, but also Gnome; and builds for Arm devices, including the
Raspberry Pi, Odroid XU3, XU4 and C2 and hopefully others, depending on
the availability of hardware.

We at Vinux are excited for this new chapter we are embracing.

Kind regards

Rob Whyte

Vinux Project Manager

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(Maybe this could fall under vision?)

I commissioned someone on Fiverr to create a Chrome extension for reading:

Sentence Segmenter

It puts each sentence of a webpage on a new line.

If you need to reread, it can be faster to find the beginning of sentences.

Sentence structure can also become clearer.

If you’re skimming, you can abandon a sentence, and quickly find another sentence.


You can activate the segmentation by clicking on the top-right icon, or right-clicking (context menu).

You can segment the entire page, or a smaller section.


For highlighting and segmenting smaller sections, you can turn on an element highlighter that appears as you hover the mouse.

It’s similar to the the Chrome element inspector, and the EasyReader extension that pops out content into a more presentable view.

Spacing between sentences is similar to the Microsoft Word setting:
Microsoft Word -> Home -> Paragraph -> Indents and Spacing -> Spacing ->
Line spacing single
Before After 6 pt

In addition to spacing, you can place line separators between sentences to further distinguish between sentences.


Segmenting a page is like creating a snapshot.
Certain elements can't be clicked on and expanded anymore, like comment threads.
Expand first if necessary, and then segment.

You can refresh the page to turn off the segmentation effect.
Going further, there's a “Turn Off” check box to turn off the extension.

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Buying an accessible vehicle isn't like buying a new cellphone: it's a serious commitment and one that can feel overwhelming. Check out this blog post that gives you the tools you need to get started on your mobility search all in one place. 

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@Blackwood_HC we have finally received the trophy. Thank you for experience and nomination. #design #award #trophy #technology

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Amazon Echo, Google Home and other voice controlled assistants will be the future of smart electronics

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>Last year, IBM announced a major milestone in conversational speech recognition: a system that achieved a 6.9 percent word error rate.

Since then, we have continued to push the boundaries of speech recognition, and today we’ve reached a new industry record of 5.5 percent.

Others in the industry are chasing this milestone alongside us, and some have recently claimed reaching 5.9 percent as equivalent to human parity…but we’re not popping the champagne yet.

As part of our process in reaching today’s milestone, we determined human parity is actually lower than what anyone has yet achieved — at 5.1 percent.
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