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New Insights for Autism

Via Patrick McGurrin

What do we think of when we hear the term “Autism?” Typically, we describe autism, or autism spectrum disorder, more generally as a “group of complex disorders of brain development” ( The disorder varies in severity and often manifests with difficulty in social interaction verbal and/or nonverbal communication, as well as intellectual development, motor coordination, and a number of other health issues. The diverse nature of symptoms associated with the disorder has hindered the ability for scientists to understand what causes autism to develop as children develop.

Cutlery Innovations

Via Patrick McGurrin

What better way to start off the new year than by introducing another novel and innovative piece of assistive technology: Lift Ware. Lift Ware’s newest product is, well, a spoon. While this information from a broad view seems quite ordinary, the features of this spoon show great utility for people with Parkinsons disease.

The Tongue Drive System

Via Patrick McGurrin

The sip-and-puff system is currently the most popular assistive technology for controlling a wheelchair. Recently, Science Translational Medicine published the results of a new clinical study performed by Dr. Maysam Ghovanloo and colleagues at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The paper introduced an alternative new technology, the Tongue Drive System, which they conclude is able to execute commands at speeds faster than that of the sip-and-puff system with equal or better accuracy.

APAcT Reflections on the Geological Society of America

​Via Heather Pacheco

Heather Pacheco reflects on her experiences at the Geological Society of America.

How do we talk to people with disabilities?

Via Patrick McGurrin

The Huffington Post has delivered a great piece by blog writer Rachelle Friedman on the ten things you shouldn’t say to someone in a wheelchair. While the article takes more of a humorous approach to stereotypical interactions with a person with a disability, it highlights a great question:  How do we talk to people with disabilities?

"It's got the moves"

Via Patrick McGurrin

Former Sony, Toyota, and Olympus engineers have come together to revolutionize wheelchair design. The Whill Type A, scheduled to be commercially available in early 2014, has been inspired by other modes of transportation not typically associated with assistive technology, including bicycles, scooters, and skateboards. The fundamental goal of the project was to revamp our social perception of the wheelchair.

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