Thursday, August 13, 2020

Tag: People with Disabilities

Disabled people concerned about plastic straw ban

Published: September 22, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury:

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 22 — Banning plastic straws will affect people with physical disabilities as reusable alternatives are not safe for them, a spinal cord injury association has said.

The Malaysian Spinal Cord Injury Advocacy Association said plastic straws were an accessible tool for some people with physical disabilities — like those with spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, or hand amputations — to drink or consume liquids like soup.

Microsoft controller makes gaming more accessible to people with disabilities

Published: May 16, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury:

In an inspired moment, Microsoft is unveiling a game controller that enables players with disabilities to play games again.

Tommy Hilfiger unveils innovative clothing line for people with disabilities

Published: April 6, 2018

Tommy Hilfiger is expanding its innovative disability-friendly clothing initiative by unveiling Tommy Adaptive, a new line that includes a variety of new and stylish pieces.

In 2016, Tommy Hilfiger partnered with Runway of Dreams, a nonprofit founded by Mindy Scheier, a mother whose child has muscular dystrophy, to create a clothing line more inclusive to children with disabilities. Last year the company expanded it to include an adult collection, and now, the company strives to provide all people with disabilities with even more clothing options.

“Tommy Adaptive’s mission is to be inclusive and empower people of all abilities to express themselves through fashion,” the company said in a press release.

Building better maps for the disability community

Published: April 6, 2018

Google and a slew of startups are including accessibility information in apps to help people navigate the world if they use wheelchairs or have other disabilities.

Occupational therapist turned disability rights activist Alanna Raffel has spent her career thinking about accessibility. So for her 30th birthday last year, she turned her passion into action.

Raffel had worked with disabled clients for years in Philadelphia. It wasn’t till late 2016, however, when she became more involved in advocacy, that she learned how difficult it was to find meeting spaces that could accommodate people of varying abilities. It’s particularly challenging in an old city like Philadelphia, where many of the buildings were built more than 200 years before the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed.

App lets quadriplegics use phone without physical assistance

Published: December 16, 2017 | 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?”

Workforce of Ability – Ben Trockman – TEDxEvansville

Published: December 12, 2017

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.

How adaptive ski programs are giving the injured their lives back

Published: December 5, 2017 | 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.

Magee Rehabilitation Creates Accessible Travel Video for People with Disabilities

Published: October 4, 2017

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.

App helps drivers in wheelchairs get help at the gas pump

Published: July 28, 2017

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.

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

Published: July 25, 2017

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.