While remembering the cultural importance of sign language, it’s exciting to see the potential impact of technology to create access and participation. A young man from Lone Tree, Colorado, deaf since the age of 4, can now hear better than normal hearing people. That’s because he recently got the very latest technology in cochlear implants.
A Christchurch earthquake survivor and double amputee is heading to the United States to be fitted with the latest prosthetic legs. Stacey Herbert is going to a clinic that specialises in making computerised legs for amputees like soldiers wounded by bomb blasts.
A party meant to give people with disabilities a chance to explore and express their sexuality is shining a spotlight on an enduring and often ignored barrier for those with physical and mental limitations. But though guests at the Deliciously Disabled party, to be held in Toronto next week, are free to act on their consensual desires, don’t call it an orgy.
A twisted ankle that should have healed within weeks left Ailsa Lipscombe in constant pain and unable to walk for four years. A decade later, the Victoria University music student has also lost most of her sight, but has not let her disabilities slow her down. On Monday night, she was one of only a handful of Kiwis to be awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study for a doctorate in the United States.
Decades ago, few pediatricians had heard of autism. In 1975, 1 in 5,000 kids was estimated to have it. Today, 1 in 68 is on the autism spectrum. What caused this steep rise? Steve Silberman points to “a perfect storm of autism awareness” — a pair of psychologists with an accepting view, an unexpected pop culture moment and a new clinical test.
Rheumatoid arthritis has not stopped Cate Grace from becoming a top personal trainer and inspirational business leader. The Christchurch woman has used her disability to power her own brand of positive leadership and entrepreneurial success.
Michael Conway was born with Spina Bifida and has never been able to walk, but the 28-year-old has never let his “unique ability” stop him rolling forward. When Michael was offered a job in Auckland a few years ago, he didn’t hesitate to make the move. Unfortunately, the work dried up and Michael needed to shift back to Wellington to be nearer friends and family.
Cosmin Mihaiu is the CEO and co-founder of MIRA Rehab, which develops software that engages patients in interactive and therapeutic games, making physical rehabilitation fun.
As a competitive wheelchair racer Rob Smith spends a lot of time training in the gym. Without his gym workouts he would not be able to compete at the world-class level that he does. Rob shows how, with only the Active Hands gripping aid range, you can perform a variety of exercises.
Source: Wired.com Entrepreneurs love to claim they’re “reinventing the wheel.” So what do you say when you’ve actuallyreinvented the wheel? “I love spokes, I’ve just come up with something different,” explains Sam Pearce, a British designer who, if you haven’t guessed already, created a spoke-less, shock-absorbing wheel that’s being used on wheelchairs and bicycles. Loopwheels,…
Daniel Kish has been blind since he was 13 months old, but has learned to “see” using a form of echolocation. He clicks his tongue and sends out flashes of sound that bounce off surfaces in the environment and return to him, helping him to construct an understanding of the space around him. In a…