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Articles Tagged: People with Disabilities

App lets quadriplegics use phone without physical assistance

Published: December 16, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Instead of swiping with a finger, the technology lets users control the device with small head movements or voice commands. The technology can help people who are paralyzed or have limited mobility due to neurodegenerative diseases such as MS, ALS or spinal cord injuries.

BALTIMORE (AP) — A day after Oded Ben Dov appeared on Israeli television to promote his video game technology, which allowed players to control their games by moving their heads, a viewer called him with another suggestion for the software.

“I can’t move my arms or legs,” the viewer told him. “Can you make a smartphone that I can use?” Continue Reading »

Workforce of Ability – Ben Trockman – TEDxEvansville

Published: December 12, 2017 | Category: Information

While employers battle the “war for talent,” there exists a significant population of talented, problem-solving people, who have been largely excluded from the workforce. This population, people with disabilities, comprises 1 billion people worldwide; 56 million Americans, and represents the world’s largest minority. Continue Reading »

How adaptive ski programs are giving the injured their lives back

Published: December 5, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

IT’S A COBALT-SKY, 13-inch powder day at Tahoe’s Alpine Meadows and Matt Leonard is on the bunny slope. This isn’t exactly where Leonard, a 29-year-old avid skier who grew up in Vermont and now lives in San Francisco, wants to be. He can see the top of the mountain from his perch on the resort’s green-circle Subway chair and he knows there’s a foot of fresh slathering the steeps on the peaks above him. But today, this flat, groomed run is where Leonard will be skiing.

Two years ago, in late February of 2015, Leonard caught an edge while skiing those very steeps at Alpine Meadows. A strong, confident skier, that day, a freak misstep changed his life. He lost control and slammed into a lift tower. Continue Reading »

Magee Rehabilitation Creates Accessible Travel Video for People with Disabilities

Published: October 4, 2017 | Category: Information

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital partnered with Southwest Airlines to create this video of helpful tips for people with disabilities who wish to travel by plane while using a wheelchair. Continue Reading »

App helps drivers in wheelchairs get help at the gas pump

Published: July 28, 2017 | Category: News

Langley’s Zosia Ettenberg says refuelling in wheelchair impossible without assistance

The simple act of filling a gas tank can be an insurmountable challenge for people who use a wheelchair.

That was the experience of Langley resident Zosia Ettenberg.

“It’s literally impossible for me to pump gas by myself,” Ettenberg told On the Coast host Tanya Fletcher.

“I have to park far enough away from the gas pump to get out, and then go around and have enough space for the wheelchair between the car and the pump,” Ettenberg said. Continue Reading »

Hard-knock life? Performance of “Annie” by cast with disabilities adds heft, power to classic story

Published: July 25, 2017 | Category: News

The Colorado-based Phamaly Theatre Company has burnished its artistic reputation by selecting shows that resonate — intellectually and emotionally — with the many facets of disability. Cast entirely with performers who live with disabilities, the shows engage questions of possibility and perseverance as well as marginalization and discrimination.

Just as vitally, they take theater seriously, they entertain. Although it has expanded its yearly offerings, the company continues to produce a winter play and a summer musical. Even a musical as non-taxing and agreeable as its current one, “Annie,” offers fresh and telling insights. Continue Reading »

LipSync Pilot: Recruitment is Underway

Published: April 21, 2017 | Category: Featured News

An estimated 1,000,000 people in Canada and the United States have limited or no use of their arms—meaning they are unable to use touchscreen devices that could provide access to helpful apps and services. Continue Reading »

#ThisIsHowI Show What’s Possible!

Published: February 21, 2017 | Category: Featured Videos

The incredible 2+ months of #ThisIsHowI photos and videos has shown us that this is what AbleThrive is all about. So rather than end the campaign, we’re baking it into our culture to continue to bring awareness and visibility to the lives and abilities of people with disabilities around the world. This is how we shatter stereotypes and show what’s possible- so we hope you’ll keep sharing your photos and videos and tag us moving forward.

The Teen Actor Who’s Breaking Barriers On TV

Published: September 21, 2016 | Category: Featured News | Spinal Cord Injury:

micah-fowler-as-jj-dimeo-on-speechlessMicah Fowler, the star of Speechless, is just your average almost-famous high school senior with a disability rights mission.

Shortly before his high school prom, actor Micah Fowler found out ABC had picked up Speechless, the sitcom in which he stars as a nonverbal teen in a family of five. Weeks later, the 18-year-old New Jersey native moved to Los Angeles with his mother to start shooting and he’s had to make some personal sacrifices for this gig: He is missing much of his sled hockey season and much of his senior year (though he still plans to graduate with his class in the spring); plus, the somewhat social media–averse teen has joined both Twitter and Instagram to promote the show. Continue Reading »

Mower Attachment for disabled people in wheelchairs

Published: July 7, 2016 | Category: Information Videos | Spinal Cord Injury:

A man’s friend wanted to be able to mow the yard after his legs have lost function from M.S. so he built him this. Continue Reading »