Category Archives: Disabilities

Deaf NFL Player

I suppose he received a lifetime supply of Duracell batteries for doing this ad.   Wonderful story about triumph over adversity.

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Consumer Watch: Taxis deny disabled – National – NZ Herald News

I understand why the cab companies do this, but they should be able to bend the rules for an emergency.

Consumer Watch: Taxis deny disabled - National - NZ Herald NewsBooking a last-minute taxi is impossible for Aucklanders confined to wheelchairs, a Herald on Sunday survey has revealed. And when they do get a taxi, they are charged extra.

The newspaper was contacted by mum-of-four Rachel Peterson, who has muscular dystrophy. She discovered how hard it was to get a taxi when she was pregnant and using an electric wheelchair. “They charge double and you have to book 24 hours in advance. What do you do if your baby is sick?

via Consumer Watch: Taxis deny disabled – National – NZ Herald News.

‘Bionic Eye’

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The Food and Drug Administration has approved a “bionic eye” that allows blind people to see again – at least to an extent.

The Argus II system, which is already in use in Europe, is designed to help patients with retinitis pigmentosa – a rare genetic disorder that damages and kills light-processing cells in the retina, and affects around 100,000 Americans, writes the WSJ.

via ‘Bionic Eye’ Helps the Blind to Partially See | TIME.com.

Amos Winter: The cheap all-terrain wheelchair

I really like the look of this!

How do you build a wheelchair ready to blaze through mud and sand, all for under $200? MIT engineer Amos Winter guides us through the mechanics of an all-terrain wheelchair that’s cheap and easy to build — for true accessibility — and gives us some lessons he learned along the road.

Amos Winter and his team at MIT built the Leveraged Freedom Chair, a cheap lever-powered wheelchair whose design and develop put the user first.

Amos Winter: The cheap all-terrain wheelchair | Video on TED.com.