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As film critic Roger Ebert, whose jaw was removed to treat cancer, wrote in 2009 about how frustrating it was to use the standard AAC device generic voice: “I sound like Robby the Robot. Eloquence and intonation are impossible.” He was tired of being ignored in conversations or coming across...

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This list of popular, effective, DIY resources on the use of assistive technology devices and services with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with disabilities accompanies the webinar, Making and Tinkering with AT: Helping Young Children "Do" with Susan Mistrett. This resource was created by Dr....

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We evaluate a 3-D virtual talking head on non-native Mandarin speaker pronunciation learning under three language presentation conditions –audio only (AU), human face video (HF) and audio-visual animation of a three- dimensional talking head (3-D). An auto language tutor (ALT) configured with AU, HF and 3-D is developed as the...

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Many children with severe physical disabilities are not able to effectively cause changes in their environments. This can lead to damaging effects on their development as they go through school and through life. Efforts to improve environmental control among children with severe physical disabilities have led to the creation of...

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From the Argus 2 bionic eye to the Brainport device that helps a user receive directions via their tongue, this article provides opportunities to learn about interesting new products and ideas for assistive technology for those with visual impairments. Read the article here: ...

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At the beginning of 2018, we find ourselves with new haptic technology—vibrating actuators and electrical impulses that stimulate your skin receptors and nerve endings— that has become both cheaper and increasingly advanced, allowing virtual reality gamers to feel new sensations like heat and real-world discomfort. The applications for this...

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For quadriplegics, life can be extremely isolated. Those without the ability to control their arms, legs or head must rely entirely on a caregiver to move, or even turn around, their wheelchair. According to a Research and Development Magazine article, the Eyedrivomatic—an add-on system that turns any electric wheelchair into...

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Researchers from Binghamton University found that fine fibers like spider silk could boost the quality of microphones built into hearing aids. The basic idea of this was to show that it is effective, but there's a lot of work that needs to be done. More research is necessary to develop...

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A Roger Pen is a wireless microphone a person can carry around with them to improve their hearing. It can be used at work or home, providing improved speech understanding in noise and over distance. The device can be paired with other hearing aid devices as well as other audio...

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These guides help school administrators and educational technology vendors learn what questions to ask and how to make informed decisions relating to educational technology. http://techmatrix.org/sites/all/themes/TechMatrix/images/consumerguide.pdf

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