Way back in February DIYAbility's Co-founder Holly Cohen spoke at TED in Vancouver, her talk is now available online. Holly spoke about the importance of the Maker movement within the disability community from do-it-yourself projects to accessible making.
Today's Fablabs and Makerspaces host a variety of tools and software that allow making your ideas real fun and relatively easy. We see an extra benefit in these tools to empower people with disabilities to make their world and step into roles that were once never available for disabled makers.
Go Baby Go, a project from the University of Delaware demonstrates a quick and easy way to create mobility using ride on top Powerwheels cars. In early November, DIYAbility gave it a try for a local family's two year old son.
DIYAbility Has Been Chosen as One of New York's Next Top Makers!
What is New York's Next Top Makers?
The focus of New York's Next Top Makers is to build a the creative, design-driven economy of NYC, making it a hub for hardware creation and innovation. The program brings together creators, designers, and problem solvers to learn and grow within the community. As part of the program, DIYAbility will be part of a 12 month incubator program. This program will include access to mentors, tools, space, relevant events, and media exposure.
The "Future of Accessible Cities" is a window display at 313 W 36th Street in the Adaptive Design Association store front window. A cardboard New York City skyline is the backdrop for a cardboard wheelchair from the future that has helicopter like features. People walking by can interact with the window via SMS - a sent message can trigger the wheelchair to fly into the sky. We want people to think about accessible cities, what the future will bring and what can they imagine and build to make accessibility universal.
A battery interrupter is an apparatus that allows any simple, battery operated toy or device to be activated by an ability switch. This would allow for the device to be accessible for an individual that has an impairment or disability; enabling access by an ability switch. By having the skill level and components to make your battery interrupter at home, any battery operated device can be adapted for accessibility. Within minutes you will have a toy that is easy to access for child with fine motor impairments or control a simple battery operated desk fan for an adult that cannot control the on/off button.
Very simply, assistive technology can be defined as the use of a device to help facilitate independence in an individual. There are many examples of assistive technology or AT in our everyday life. Glasses can be considered a form of AT as they will facilitate an person's ability to see. A cane is also a form of AT, helping someone with their walking. For individuals with disabilities, assistive technology can be used with various tasks such as computer access, communication, or control over the electronics in their home.
DIYAbility is happy to announce that we are now able to provide the necessary materials for you to create your own hacking projects on your own. This will be in the form of kits, the first kit will include the materials to switch adapt a toy and create your own ability switch.
Hacking for the Holidays is back! Join us to learn how to make capability switches and adapt toys for children with disabilities. Three workshops in early December for the beginner and expert to make the holidays more accesible.
On July 15, 2013, DIYAbility hosted a new assistive technology workshop, 'Hands On' Assistive Technology Workshop: From Microsoft to the Makey Makey. Our goal was to educate occupational therapists and community members about computer access assistive technology. This included changes that can be made to the operating system of all computer as well as DIY solutions including makey makey use for switch access.
DIYAbility is hosting creative technology Summer workshops for teens with physical disabilities and their siblings. Learn computer programming, make custom interfaces, make things blink and try out 3D design and digital fabrication. It's going to be a busy and creative Summer!
Make the Holidays more accessible! Join us for a workshop on toy hacking for children with disabilities. Bring a toy, take it apart and make it switch accessible. Learn about electronics and soldering at the same time.
The computer is one of the only commericallly available products that comes with accessibility for individuals with disabilities, both physical and sensory. This is part of both the Windows and Macintosh operating systems. Many individuals are unaware that this accessibility exists or how to access it.
How many computers have you interacted with today? Chances are you have encountered almost a dozen. We believe everyone should learn to program (or at least understand it). Programming gives you the ability to publish your voice on the Web or control your house from around the world.