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The beach is one place that could use more accessible tech! 
Beach trips for 38-year-old Kelly Kennedy have never been easy. Kennedy's cerebral palsy makes it necessary for her to use a wheelchair - a piece of equipment that is nearly impossible to operate on the sand.
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Jorja Jankowski

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I may have a 2nd party that will pay for a new seat cushion. 16x16. No foam. No honeycomb. Gel maybe. No $50 air rojo on amazon. Something I can clean after days like today when I'm pure sweat. Ideas?
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Andrew Daley
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Cool tech.
A Korean startup is developing wearables for the visually impaired
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+Tom Snyder let's hope they bring it to market. I know of several people who would buy one of these in a second..
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Silicon Valley Vows To Improve Tech For People With Disabilities. Because tech should be for everyone.
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The population of persons with disabilities is as high as 20 percent worldwide. Given that they have family and friends, the impact is much greater. In economic real terms the impact (if you count those family and friends) is closer to 50 percent of the population has disability and/or supports in mind everyday. That equals economic impact and business opportunity alike. 
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1800wheelchair

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The SandRoller claims to be the only self-propelled #wheelchair capable of rolling on the sand. Beach, anyone? 
SandRoller is raising funds for SandRoller on Kickstarter! SANDROLLER is the only self-propelled wheelchair in the world able to roll on sand.
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Millennium Park is one of Chicago's crown jewels. Not only because of its beauty and splendor, but because of its universal design. #universaldesign   #ADA   #disability  
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1800wheelchair

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Kudos to Nike for this cool new accessible shoe!  
Nike's latest high-top sneakers look as flashy as any in its line-up, but they've got a secret power. The Zoom Soldier 8 Flyease (above) was designed specifically for people with disabilities, and...
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An article about "easy" phones for people with disabilities.
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Great news for our friends @ TobiiDynavox! Read more on the the "Steve Gleason Act" and what it means here: http://ow.ly/PJhLf
U.S. Congress approves bill to make it easier for people with communication disabilities to receive funding for assistive technology
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A community where sharing knowledge about disabilities is key with a focus on adaptation, assistive technology and learning strategies. /r/Dattshow

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This came from Vice, (may be NSFW content depending on where you work but there wasn't anything too out and out wacky on this page). But this article is genuine. Ties in well with Andrew's piece about Silicon Valley a few days ago. 
This isn't just a job for Ian Hamilton—it's a mission to spark lasting cultural change.
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Jeff Kang

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*Francis Feoko, a C5 quadriplegic, and sophomore in the Bay Area shares with Assistive Technology Blog how he takes care of home and school work - Notes Plus, Notability, Splashtop, Read&Write Gold*

>Francis uses different apps for different classes - For his math class, he uses Notes Plus, an app that gives him lots of flexibility in terms of drawing graphs and using various shapes and symbols for his math homework
Since he is C5 quadriplegic, he cannot use his fingers, so he uses his pinky finger's knuckle to write his equations
(he has used a stylus in the past but has gotten used to his pinky for writing now) Once done, he likes to email his homework to himself so he could review, reorganize and make changes as needed, before submitting it to his teacher
Francis used to have a notetaker who would take notes for him in class, but now he just uses the iPad to take notes himself.

Notability is another app he uses for "visual learning"
Notability lets Francis copy and paste images from the internet, so if he is learning something and wants to use pictures to help him understand the concepts better, he uses Notability that lets him add and organize pictures into his notes to make them more visual.

Since he is a computer science student, Francis has to write code for his C++ or HTML homework
In order to do that, he remote logs in to his laptop computer through his iPad using an app called Splashtop
Sometimes it is not easy for him to take his laptop to school, but thanks to Splashtop, he can access his laptop even when he doesn't physically have it with him

Francis also uses Read&Write Gold to have his notes read back to him, although later in the conversation he suggests that many iOS apps now have the ability to read notes back to the user
 
[VIDEO] Assistive Technology For Quadriplegic Student: Conversation With Francis Feoko
I recently got a chance to talk with Francis Feoko, a C5 quadriplegic, who is a sophomore in the Bay Area in California. Francis wanted to share with Assistive Technology Blog's readers how, being a college student, he takes care of his home and school work...
I recently got a chance to talk with Francis Feoko, a C5 quadriplegic, who is a sophomore in the Bay Area in California. Francis wanted to share with Assistive Technology Blog's readers how, being a college student, he takes care of his home and school work and how technology has made him more ...
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New Unicef and WHO paper #AssistiveTechnology for Children with #Disabilities = availability of repair services is just as important as supply.
Latest procurement and supply chain news, opinion, analysis, practical advice and tips from Supply Management, the official publication of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS)
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Andrew Daley
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Great story about +The AbleGamers Foundation efforts to make gaming accessible to those who have a disability. 
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Check out this great app created by +CanAssist UVic to assist those with cognitive difficulties while at work.  

http://go.shr.lc/1KkJbpT

#WorkplaceWednesday  
CanAssist is an organization at the University of Victoria with the mission of creating a better quality of life for people with disabilities. They have
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1800wheelchair

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Ad blitz rips Uber for lack of accessibility.
An advocacy group is hitting Uber with a mailing blitz over its lack of wheelchair-accessible cars.
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Andrew Daley
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Cool read from one of the community members +Jacob Wood
 
I had the honor of writing this guest article for +Hans Cummings. I'll be heading to #GenCon  this year for the first time, and I've provided some advice for fellow con-goers about how to be more aware of attendees with disabilities.
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Jeff Kang

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Self-Driving Cars Open Up New Opportunities for the Disabled
Transportation is one of the main obstacles that those with disabilities face.  Though public transport tries to be accommodating, there are still several obstacles that the disabled have to navigate in order to get to a specific location -- walking from tr...
Transportation is one of the main obstacles that those with disabilities face. Though public transport tries to be accommodating, there are still several obstacles that the disabled have to navigate in order to get to a specific location -- walking from train or bus stops, shelling out money for ...
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Hopeful as this makes me for folks like my blind friends, until someone makes this technology accessible to wheelchairs it's not gonna help everyone. A blind person at least has the option of a taxi; seems like half the cities in the US don't have any wheelchair taxis available, and renting a van is insanely expensive compared to renting a regular car. While my powerchair gives me back a lot of ability, all too often I find myself having to choose between it and a vehicle - a privilege a lot of wheelies don't have. (Some of us who can use a manual chair can throw a manual chair into the trunk or backseat, but that's not easy. Powerchairs? Forget it.)

And that's a secondary problem - vehicles tend to assume that all wheelchairs must be strapped down by someone other than the occupant. Which means that even if the car can drive itself, I either would have to skip the tie-downs (surely there's a better system available) or have another person around to secure my chair for me. I know there's a lot of variation in chair designs and technology, but there's got to be a better way than a bunch of greasy canvas straps and ratchet buckles designed for someone other than the chair user to lock down.
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Andrew Daley
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Great message +IBM Accessibility, thank you for sharing.
 
By understanding ‪#‎accessibility‬ and designing for inclusion, IBM is creating better products. ‪#‎ada25‬
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Andrew Daley
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This is really cool.  To bad Uber is not in my area.
If you’ve ever used Uber, you know how convenient it is. Their newly released uberASSIST function aims to ensure their service is just as convenient for passengers with disabilities.
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