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Switch access and scanning: control any app using Mouse4all

  2019 Jul 31

Imagine having to control everything you want using only a light switch. That is the situation of many persons with severe physical disabilities that cannot type on a keyboard, move a mouse or speak to a voice assistant like Alexa. They can just press one switch or button with their foot, their hand, their chin or their head.

In this article, we are going to talk about how persons with disabilities can use Mouse4all together with a switch to access any app on their smartphone or tablet. This article is based on the excellent guide “Switch access to technology” written by David Colven and Simon Judge of the ACE Centre (you need to register, but it is free to download).

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Best Android Apps for Disabled Adults with Physical Impairments

  2019 Jul 28

Mobile Apps are the new way of accessing services for a greater part of humanity every day, and people with disabilities are not an exception. From the trivial to the vital, mobile apps are catering to the needs of users all around the world in the most diverse scenarios in a moment in history when almost anybody, even in the most remote places, have access to some kind of mobile device.

This article lists and describe the use of some of the most useful Android apps for disabled adults.

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Mouse4all in the Assistive Technology Event 'Low Cost Albacete'

  2019 Jul 16

Last week we participated in a special event, Low Cost Albacete, organised in the city of Albacete in the core of La Mancha (homeland of Don Quixote) by Ceapat Imserso. It is a reunion of persons with disabilities, families, children, therapists, engineers and any person interested in sharing and learning about technology applied to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

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Assistive Devices for Cerebral Palsy Patients

  2019 Jul 12

People who suffer from cerebral palsy, experience a permanent movement disorder. Apart from this motor disability, they may also have some impairments in their hearing and visual capabilities, and even some intellectual or other developmental challenges.

The use of assistive devices is vital to help them perform routine activities, navigate the world, enhance their learning and reach their functional potential with the tools that the modern world provides.

This article summarizes some of the most usual and useful tools that they may encounter and use by themselves.

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Mouth Sticks for Quadriplegics. Uses and Alternatives

  2019 Jul 08

Quadriplegics can do, by themselves, many more things than most of us can realize. Even though their motor skills are heavily impaired and they have difficulties in using their upper and lower limbs, they just need the right tools to do many things that otherwise would have to be done by someone else.

In this article we focus on the humblest of all tools: the mouth stick. Many things can be done with it.

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Assistive Technology for Disabled Persons. A Worldwide Vision

  2019 Jul 06

The World Health Organitation (WHO) estimates that more than one billion people are in need of one or more assistive products (mostly older people and disabled persons). With populations ageing and the rise in noncommunicable diseases, this number is expected to increase to beyond two billion by 2050.

Currently, only one in ten people in need have access. WHO established the Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology (GATE) to assist Member States to improve access to assistive technology as a part of Universal Health Coverage. The objective is a world where everyone in need has access to high-quality, affordable assistive products to lead a healthy, productive and dignified life.

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Assistive Technology Devices for Physical Disabilities

  2019 Jul 04

People with physical disabilities are struggling every day to perform some tasks that the rest of the world find easy and require, for them, no second thoughts. Assistive technologies are those arrangements and devices that intend to make life easier to those people, by removing barriers and by enhancing their physical and mental capabilities. They greatly improve their quality of life, optimism and mood.

In this article we will show some examples of assistive technology devices designed to help people with physical disabilities of any kind.

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Assistive Technology for Vocabulary Acquisition

  2019 Jul 03

Acquiring vocabulary is an essential part of every person’s early academic life. Remembering and using words in context is basic to use language to communicate and many students with language and/or learning disabilities find it especially difficult.

Teaching to these students has to be supported with assistive technologies that, fortunately, are available today in many forms and ways.

Teachers that work in inclusive classroom settings will benefit greatly from their use.

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Communication Devices for Cerebral Palsy Patients

  2019 Jun 28

Some people with cerebral palsy have speech problems. They are not able to speak due to muscle spasms in the throat, mouth and tongue.

For them, there are in the market a number of solutions in the form of communication devices that can help them communicate. Or improve their communication skills. These devices allow the users to communicate in different ways, specialized to their needs.

In this article we make a summary of the main types of communication devices for cerebral palsy patients that can be found and used today.

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Best smartphone for disabled people

  2019 Jun 27

What is the best smartphone for a person with disabilities? There is no definite answer to this question and probably there is a different one for every single person. There are many aspects that might influence the decision.

In this article, we will focus on these three:

  • Type of disability
  • Previous experience
  • Budget

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