disabilities

How Tisha gets dressed

The Core77 post goes into more detail on it, aiming mostly at the hook tool she uses (she has no arms) but also with a general nod toward the design of tools for people with various kinds of disabilities.

Tisha has a YouTube channel: Tisha Unarmed (great name) where she drives, eats, showers, makes a sandwich and more. She’s got a friendly, relaxed style; I hope she’ll make more of these videos.

Current state of the art of disabilities and technology

Miles O’Brien of the PBS NewsHour did an outstanding job of putting together one of the best overviews I’ve seen yet of how technology is being used to help people with various kinds of disabilities. We saw this on air last night and it blew my mind and I’ve been involved in this area for many years. Very well produced and a spectacular collection of ideas in various stages of development.

Here’s the overview at the NewHour site: Minds, Machines Merge to Offer New Hope for Overcoming Impairments.

Austin Seraphin gets an iPhone

My First Week with the iPhone

Last Wednesday, my life changed forever. I got an iPhone. I consider it the greatest thing to happen to the blind for a very long time, possibly ever. It offers unparalleled access to properly made applications, and changed my life in twenty-four hours.

This post has been on my desktop for a while now. It was picked up by many blogs and I hadn’t gotten around to reading it. Austin is blind and he’s making great use of Apple’s built-in accessibility feature called Voice Over.

Had Apple not done early and important work in this area through their Worldwide Disabilities Solutions Group I doubt they’d have been in as strong a place to add accessibility features to their newer products as they are today. Apple has a history of attempting to make their various devices and operating systems more accessible.

Austin has a follow up post: Rejoining the Apple Family

This summer has inadvertently become the Summer of Apple. First, I got an iPhone, which changed my life. Next, I got an iPad, which I love as well. The other morning while eating breakfast, Goddess told me that the time had come to purchase a Mac.

Welcome Austin.

This American Life: Crybabies

This American Life: Crybabies

This entire show is great but act three is particularly fascinating: The Squeaky Wheelchair Gets the Grease.

In California, a kind of crybaby cottage industry has popped up around, of all things, the Americans with Disabilities Act—the federal law that requires all public places to meet a minimum level of accessibility. Some people make a living by suing business owners for not being up to code.

Listen to the show later today when it gets posted or through their podcast in iTunes: This American Life.