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The MakerBot Assistive Technology Challenge

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I was looking for some new information on disability technology online and came across the Assistive Technology Challenge, held in America and run by 3D printing company MakerBot.

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Reasonably recently in a hospital far, far away

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A nine-year-old boy has just been fitted with a child-sized bionic hand! His family name may or may not be Skywalker, we cannot be sure, but it really is incredible how much technology has moved on. I wanted to explain how the hand works, what it does, and the possibilities that this presents for disabled people in the future. 

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Mobility Training: How not to fall down a hole

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Yesterday I went to the RNIB resource centre near Kings Cross Station in London and got myself a new cane. This I was able to do on my own because when I was young I was given “Mobility Training”. I thought I’d describe what this training involved and how important it is to me today.

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The Toybox Tools: Putting Things Together

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Get me to the Gig

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Looking back on the many experiences I’ve had of accessing the theatre and music gigs, I wanted to write a blog about my experience of tickets, seating and booking as a disabled person and what technology and help I get to do this. I also wanted to assess how accessible the venues are and what I think might need to be changed. 

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Manchester’s Disabled Gaming Scene

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Aidis has recently held two “gaming days” as part of a new project we’re trying to roll out to local charities in Manchester. We are helping disabled people to play videogames and showing them how they can also use computers. We’re calling it “Everyone Can Game”.

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Accessing The Internet as a Disabled Person

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I recently read an article published in The Guardian Online called How The Internet Still Fails Disabled People. I decided to write a blog about all things online, and whether I agree that the Internet is indeed failing to meet the needs of those of us with disabilities. 

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Perception: An Accessible Videogame in Development!

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As a bit of a gaming enthusiast, I’m always on the lookout for exciting developments in the world of gaming technology and virtual reality. This week, I found a new game on Kickstarter called Perception that is not only designed for blind and visually impaired people – but also where the protagonist is actually blind herself. This follows on from my playthrough of the demo of “A Blind Legend” so I thought it would be interesting to have a look at this game and find out what it will be about.

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Disability Gaming with Aidis and Trafford Disability Network

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A couple of weeks ago, I attended Aidis’ pilot of its first disability gaming day EVER! The event was hosted at Trafford Disability Activity Network. This was a really exciting opportunity, not only for me but also for the game testers. I thought I’d go along and write a diary about my day working with everyone. Mission: Accepted! 

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Gaming News!

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There’s been a lot of new developments happening in the world of gaming lately, and I thought it would be fun to do a bit of a roundup of the latest news. I also wanted to see if there was anything new that could potentially help people with disabilities – after all, technology is changing and improving all the time. Ready? Here we go! 

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