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Personics has developed a patent pending concept for human expression described by many as a breakthrough in communication.
The Personics system converts movements or physical readings from any person into a selected multimedia feedback. This multimedia feedback can be used in any manner as decided by the individual. The system has been used for entertainment, rehabilitation, disabilities training, art installations, and group interaction. See our reference list, which continues to grow.
Project MindTouch is sponsored by TC's Community, a non-profit organization funded by the Developmental Disabilities Center (DDC) of Boulder. The community is organized to assist Teresa with living in her own home.
Researchers at MERL-A Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratory and Boston's Children's Hospital have collaborated to produce an application that records, organizes, and displays stories. These stories are written by people who share problems or interests, such as coping with the illness of a loved one. Characteristics of these communities and their recorded experiences have led us to experiment with an initial algorithm toward the vision of a self-organizing, self-evolving, web-based system.
Equal Access and Assistive Technologies
EASI's mission is to serve as a resource to the education community by providing information and guidance in the area of access-to-information technologies by individuals with disabilities. We stay informed about developments and advancements within the adaptive computer technology field and spread that information to colleges, universities, K-12 schools, libraries and into the workplace.
WebABLE! Solutions mission is to stimulate education, research and development of technologies that will ensure accessibility for people with disabilities advanced information systems and emerging technologies.
Trace is a research center at the University of Wisconsin - Madison which focuses on making off the shelf technologies and systems like computers, the Internet, and information kiosks more accessible for everyone through the process known as universal, or accessible design.
This page is devoted to providing information about how technology can be used to aid people with cognitive disabilities, as well as general information related to cognitive disabilities, assistive technology, and other related issues.
The Institute for Cognitive Prosthetics (ICP) is a pioneer in the use of computer technology to assist in everyday activities for individuals who have sustained brain injuries.
Research and Support Groups Listed by Disability
Attention Deficit Disorder
NEURO-FEEDBACK -- A clinic in Yonkers, NY, is treating children afflicted with Attention Deficit Disorder with a technique called neuro-feedback. Brooke visited the clinic. (13:00)
JESSE -- Commentator John McIlwraith (MACK-ull-RAYTH) tells about his difficulties with his grandson, who was at one point living with him. The boy has Attention Deficit Disorder and his outbursts forced his grandparents to send him away. (4:30)
WELFARE REFORM: PART II. -- In the second and final report on how different states are dealing with welfare reform, NPR's Vicky Que reports many parents are complaining that new eligibility requirements for poor, disabled children are unfair. She visits a diabetic nine-year-old and her mother who, for the past two years, have received 500-and-11 dollars a month from the federal government. Under the new guidelines, they'll lose their cash benefits, but Medicare will still pay for her medical needs. Most of the hundred thousand children being dropped from the Supplemental Security Income program suffer from mental disabilities...like attention deficit disorder. (8:37)
TOVIA SMITH REPORTS ON A LAWYERS EFFORTS TO RESUME HIS PRACTICE. -- He's lost his license for allegedly arriving late for court and mismanaging client's funds. He says he suffers from Attention Deficit Disorder and wants another chance. (5:44)
Autism (14.4 | 28.8) -- There appears to be a rise in the number of children being diagnosed with autism. This neurobiological disorder can interfere with a child's ability to communicate, learn and fit in with others. A growing number of parents who care for these children believe that vaccines are to blame for the disorder, and went to Capitol Hill today to testify before a House committee. NPR's Michelle Trudeau and Vicky Que report on the vaccine connection to autism (there's no credible scientific evidence linking vaccines to autism), and the research into other possible causes, such as genetics. (12:30)
Autism (14.4 | 28.8) -- Autism in children is a heartbreak to parents...and a puzzle to researchers. Recently, reports of a so called cure have surfaced, involving a drug called secretin. But in a careful but small study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, the promise of secretin is questioned. NPR's Vicky Que reports. (4:30)
Information and links regarding the developmental disabilities autism and Asperger's Syndrome.
The Center for the Study of Autism (CSA) is located in the Salem/Portland, Oregon area. The Center provides information about autism to parents and professionals, and conducts research on the efficacy of various therapeutic interventions. Much of our research is in collaboration with the Autism Research Institute in San Diego, California.
Dyslexia -- Researchers have come up with a images of the brains of dyslexics adults trying to read. In otherwise-intelligent people, a "wiring glitch" inteferes with their ability to link letters that appear in the back of the brain, with the sound of the words in the brain's language centers at the front. NPR's Michelle Trudeau reports. (3:30)
The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) (formerly The Orton Dyslexia Society) is an international, 501(c)(3) non-profit, scientific and educational organization dedicated to the study and treatment of dyslexia. The IDA was first established nearly 50 years ago to continue the pioneering work of Dr. Samuel T. Orton, who was one of the first to identify dyslexia and its remediation.
NDSS was established in 1979 to ensure that all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to achieve their full potential in community life. Since that time, this not-for-profit organization has become the largest non-governmental supporter of Down syndrome research in the United States. NDSS works every day to increase public awareness about Down syndrome and discover its underlying causes through research, education and advocacy.
People with Down syndrome have "One More" #21 Chromosome! This site exists to celebrate the uniqueness of people with Down syndrome, and to offer support to new and expectant parents. Our goal is to help all families to share experience, advice and support. Above all else, we want you to have a good time while you are visiting our site.
The Down Syndrome Educational Trust is a charitable company, registered in England and Wales. It was founded in 1996 to continue and develop the work of the Portsmouth Down's Syndrome Trust.
This site is a collection of the experiences of parents and friends of special needs people, and of the people themselves.
Special Interest Group on Computers and the Physically Handicapped
The mission of the Brain Injury Association is to create a better future through brain injury prevention, research, education and advocacy.
The Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of 14 national centers dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about human development and developmental disabilities through research and practice. An eight-story, 120,000 square-foot building, the Waisman Center houses 42 research laboratories, 7 clinics, 3 biological (clinical) laboratories, and a pre-school.