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How Artificial Intelligence is Improving Assistive Technology

By Matthew Lynch (The Tech Edvocate) The advances in technology could mean more for society than just new educational technology and virtual reality video games. People with disabilities are finding innovative ways to put artificial intelligence to work with their current conditions. As the science improves, assistive technology will continue producing new and improved platforms […]

13 Chrome Accessibility Tools You Probably Don’t Know About

written by Steph Fiorelli (Promevo) Google is committed to bringing the best tech to all their users, including users with disabilities. Through assistive technology on Chrome devices and G Suite, and by supporting accessibility-based Chrome extensions, Google is making sure that all are welcome and able to use their products. Here are some of the […]

This VR exhibit enables the blind to ‘see’ art with haptic gloves

by Joe Rice-Jones (reprint from KnowTechie) Any museum-goer knows the ubiquitous “Do not touch” signs. What if you could though, with the aid of VR technology? That’s what a small startup from Spain, NeuroDigital Technologies has created for an exhibit currently going on at the National Gallery of Prague. NeuroDigital has created a VR experience, […]

3D Printing Brings Learning to Life Across Subject Areas

By Zuzana Kozinova – (reprint from EmergintEdTech) For generations, students have been expected to absorb huge amounts of information, sometimes by simply being lectured to. And while the variety of activities we see now in class has greatly increased and become more student-centered, we are still often lacking tangible artifacts of learning that students take […]

Assistive tech is progressing faster than ever, and these 7 devices prove it

By Luke Dormehl (Digital Trends) As much as we love our shiny new iPhone X, when it comes to technology that really changes people’s lives, very little compares to tech that’s designed to help disabled people lead fuller, more active, more independent, or simply more dignified lives. Thanks to advances in robotics, materials engineering, artificial […]

Robots Bring the Class to the Student

By Michael Gagne, District Administration These days, McKenna Smith is back in the classroom. She’s a high school student in Missouri’s Nixa Public Schools, but had been unable to attend classes since elementary school because of chemotherapy treatment. But Smith didn’t miss as much interaction with teachers and classmates as she could have because she […]

New Technologies Help Seniors Age In Place and Not Feel Alone

by Gabi Redford, Kaiser Health News                                                                                                   […]

Summer Camp Time!

IFB Solutions is hosting two residential camps this summer, both aimed at students in grades 8-12 who are blind or visually impaired: SEE Camp Abilities H2 Camp Dogwood, Sherrills Ford, NC  • 828-335-1136 •  jhardwig@ifbsolutions.org SEE Camp Abilities H20 is an overnight water sports camp for rising 8th-12th graders who are blind or visually impaired.  We’ll […]

Making Work Possible for More People Using Assistive Technologies

Reprint from Marlin With the national unemployment rate below 4.0%, businesses across the country are becoming more diverse and accommodating to a wider array of employees. More older employees are remaining on the job to stay active and engaged as they bolster retirement savings. In addition, many disabled individuals seek employment opportunities and welcome efforts […]

Microsoft and Novartis: Commercializing Scene Description Assistive Technology

Microsoft is working with Novartis to create an application that can be used by the visually impaired or blind to describe scenes captures by the camera of a smartphone audibly and thereby improve the independence of users. The Viaopta Hello app is available in preview for iOS, Android and Windows and features: Uses Cognitive services and Microsoft […]