The [AT] Connects Blog

New AT Information Products

Posted By Anne Long | Jan 29, 2015
The NIDRR-funded AbleData project has released three new information products focusing on assistive technology (AT). AT for Parenting with a Disability highlights products that make day-to-day tasks like feeding, changing, transporting, and monitoring children easier for parents with disabilities. Make Your Own Tech Still Works for Many covers low- and medium-tech do-it-yourself AT solutions. Voting Success for People with Disabilities covers voting rights and technology to improve voting access. All are available as PDFs.

iPad App Brings Braille Keyboard to Blind Users’ Fingertips

Posted By Anne Long | Jan 26, 2015

iPad App Brings Braille Keyboard to Blind Users’ Fingertips

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The proliferation of touchscreen technology may have revolutionized mobile computer input for most everyone, but there’s one sector of the population that isn’t exactly feeling the pinch, the tap, or the swipe: the blind. It’s nearly impossible to interact with elements on a totally smooth screen if you can’t see.  Read more>



A Toy for Jadyn Highlights Socially Assistive Robots

Posted By Anne Long | Dec 18, 2014

Glus, a socially assistive robot toy in development at the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for the Advancement of Cognitive Technologies (RERC-ACT), is at the center of A toy for Jadyn: Pioneering work in socially assistive robots. The article and accompanying video introduce Glus and his playmate Jadyn, a boy who is helping to test the robot toy, and demonstrate how socially assistive robots encourage social and motor development in children with disabilities.


Justice Department Reaches Agreement with Online Grocery to Make Website Accessible

Posted By Anne Long | Dec 02, 2014

Disability.gov updates

Justice Department Reaches Agreement with Online Grocery to Make Website Accessible

The Justice Department has reached a settlement agreement with Ahold U.S.A. Inc. and Peapod LLC to correct alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Peapod is America’s leading Internet grocer, delivering more than 23 million orders across the U.S. The agreement resolves allegations that Peapod‘s website is not accessible to people with vision, hearing and manual dexterity disabilities. Under the agreement, Peapod will ensure that users with disabilities are able to effectively use the site to place orders. The company will also hire an independent website accessibility consultant who will evaluate the accessibility of the website and its mobile applications every year.

For more information about the ADA and other laws that protect the rights of people with disabilities read Disability.gov’s Guide to Disability Rights Laws.

31st Annual Pacific Rim Conference on Disability and Diversity

Posted By Anne Long | Dec 02, 2014

You can’t miss the 31st Annual Pacific Rim Conference on Disability and Diversity, May 18 & 19, 2015 at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. The theme for our 31st Edition is “Deep Impact,” and there will be over 200 exciting workshops and events all week long! The 2015 Call for Proposals will be open until January 31, 2015.  We want your proposals! This year we are featuring many diverse and innovative topic areas, such as Removing Roadblocks and Barriers to an Accessible World and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). We are looking for your creative ideas to build the just, sustainable and inclusive future we all want! To learn more, visit: www.pacrim.hawaii.edu, email prinfo@hawaii.edu or call us at (808) 956-7539.


Speech Generating Device (SGD) National Coverage Decision (NCD)

Posted By Anne Long | Nov 20, 2014

Speech Generating Device (SGD) National Coverage Decision (NCD)

 

CMS is announcing that the agency will begin the process to update its Medicare coverage policy on speech-generating devices to reflect changes in the technologies and the use of devices that generate speech. While the agency works to update the national coverage policy, CMS has asked our payment contractors to revert to their previous practice before February 2014 of covering these devices.


Click here to view the posted new benefit category analysis.