Sports and Disability

A huge part of assistive technology is allowing disabled people to be able to live normal and above normal lives. There are some things however that are especially difficult for the disabled. I was thinking about my normal daily activities and some of the things that would be especially difficult for someone with a disability. […]

Post #3 Prototype Updates!

Over the course of this project there have been many challenges and many learning experiences. In this blog post I will talk about some of these. For our project for Felicity we took the path of making a two part device that allows Felicity to receive a momentary vibration (from a motor) when someone presses […]

Some thoughts on user-centered design

Professor Amos Winter, who came into class on Monday, was one of the lecturers for 2.007, Design and Manufacturing I.  I was really inspired by his talk on thewheelchair project last year, but in addition to the Leveraged Freedom Chair,he also talked about the prosthetic project his group was doing.  I forgot some of the details, so […]

User-centered Design

Recently in class, a professor in MIT’s Mechanical Engineering department, Amos Winter, presented a wheelchair that he and his team designed. This chair, called the Leveraged Freedom Chair, was designed for use both indoors and outdoors, using levers instead of grips on the wheel to propel the chair and its occupant forward. He told our class […]

Assistive Paws

Over the past month, my sister has been volunteering at an organization called Helping Paws, based in Minnesota. Through her, I’ve learned a lot about the world of assistive dogs. Helping Paws is a nonprofit that provides service dogs to those with a physical disability other than loss of vision or blindness. Before talking with […]

General Lessons from Specific Design

In this class, our primary focus was on creating a piece of assistive technology specific to our client – molded to his or her needs and particular to his or her abilities. To give the best final product to the client, this individualized and specific focus must be maintained, and this makes a lot of […]

Sign Language Literacy

The use of sign languages in the US became more acceptable  in the early nineteenth century.  Ever since, this mode of communication has proven and continues to be very invaluable for disseminating information to people with special hearing needs. Its use and adoption however, has been slow and remains controversial in various communities. The main […]

Lime Connect: Rebranding Disability

MIT’s Student Disabilities Services introduced me to the organization Lime Connect, a not for profit organization devoted to rebranding disability through achievement. Lime Connect works with top achieving university students and alumni who happen to have disabilities and connects them with career opportunities with Lime Connect’s corporate partners (Bloomberg, Goldman Sachs, Google, IBM, PepsiCo, and […]