The target for assistive technology shouldn’t be ‘everyday man’ it should be iron man

[Pat Starace’s] Iron Man inspired 3D printed hand and forearm are a perfect example of such personality and expert engineering… with an added dash of hacker flair. The target for assistive technology shouldn’t be ‘everyday man’ it should be iron man The examples in this post are largely (but NOT completely) tongue in cheek.  I would, however, like to be clear that there is a serious point to be made here. I see a lot of assistive technology of the form  “Now this person in a wheelchair can…

Shape

A little while ago I had the good fortunate to be at the Shape Open exhibition.  The Shape Open is is an annual call-out for both disabled and non-disabled artists to submit work of any medium in response to a disability-focused theme.  Art isn’t something I’ve talked about on the blog before but as I’ve started to dabble in art events I thought it was time to start being a bit more inclusive. I’ll leave the review of the event itself to those more qualified,…

Friday Requiem: How mapping software screws wheelchair users…

 Quick note for readers.  I think it’s important that I consider my back catalogue of posts to be part of the site and that they get maintained, looked after and followed up on.  So each Friday I’ll be picking a post I did from that week last year, and see if my opinions have changed, or find out how the story develops. Last year, in this post, I wrote this: Public transport in London is not good enough for people with mobility problems, and it’s…

Children do what parents do…

As you all know, one of my big interests is in open access to research and in making that research accessible to people that are outside of academia. I was very much taken by the paper "Imitation (rather than core language) predicts pragmatic development in young children with ASD: a preliminary longitudinal study using CDI parental reports" and I asked Carmela Miniscalco, the lead author, if she was willing to write a short introduction for my readers. She very kindly complied and I think it's…

Camphill and Private Eye

As the blog has become more popular I find I’ve started to get emails from people who would like to use it as a platform – a lot of the time these are just press releases churned into a bit mailing list but there are also a few academics, people with stories to tell, and just recently the occasional haunting tale. One of my readers emailed me about a disability related story appeared in Private Eye recently. The story itself was a fairly damning indictment…

JOE’S MILDLY IMPROVED VERSION OF INDIANA JONES AND THE CRYSTAL SKULL

So a little while ago I did this rant: Something that I’ve never quite understood since the advert of DVDs is why I can watch the deleted scenes as separate sections, but I can’t switch on the setting that says ‘include these scenes in the main film when I watch it’. In a similar way, when watch a boxed set if DVDs, I don’t understand why I have to watch 60 seconds of ‘previously on’ when I’ve just watched all of the previous footage. More…