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Technology and design benefitting individuals with disabilities and older adults in the local community
November 1, 2017    
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Perspectives is the newsletter of the Stanford course,
Perspectives in Assistive Technology.

Student Project Solicitations & Upcoming Local Events

Perspectives in Assistive Technology is a Winter Quarter Stanford course - now anticipating its twelfth year - that explores the design, development, and use of assistive technology that benefits people with disabilities and older adults. It consists of semi-weekly classroom discussions; lectures by notable professionals, clinicians, and assistive technology users; tours of local medical, clinical, and engineering facilities; student project presentations and demonstrations; an assistive technology faire; and a film screening. Organization of the coming year's course is underway, with the first class session in January.

Course News

Student Enrollment - The class capacity has been reached after just two days of enrollment!

Would you like to attend one or more course lectures? - Although official enrollment is required for Stanford students to receive academic credit, all classroom lectures are open to the greater Stanford community. You need not be a Stanford student to attend, there is no signup required, and there is no charge. Here is the lecture schedule.

I need your help

Ongoing request for additional student project suggestions - Project suggestions are continuing to be solicited. Refer to previous newsletter issues which described the benefits of and process for submitting a student project suggestion, addressed the broad requirements of those projects, explained the suggestion format, and focused on the specific activities that lead to a project suggestion. Also see the Call for Team Projects Suggestions webpage for more information.

You are strongly encouraged to submit project suggestions for students to pursue. Please do this as soon as possible so I'll have adequate time to consider all submissions, edit approved entries, and post them. The deadline is Friday, December 1st. If your project is accepted, you can "pitch" it to the class on Thursday, January 11th. If a student team selects it, you will then have the opportunity to offer them advice, direction, and expertise in person, by phone, and/or by email.

At this time, I am also soliciting student project suggestions related to automobiles or driving - real problems experienced by an individual with a disability or an older adult in the local community that affects their ability to drive or otherwise access transportation. Other suggestions that broadly relate to walking or moving are also welcome.

Please email your problem description and important features of what a solution should do - but not how to achieve them - that will be addressed by the students.

This course relies on community involvement,
so please suggest a project based upon an identified problem or challenge.

Upcoming Local Events

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Stanford Disability Awareness Week

The Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) presents Disability Awareness Week to celebrate the diversity of disability initiatives across campus. The following events will take place:

  • The Abilities Hub, a new campus space initiative for the disability community will have its grand opening on Thursday, November 2nd at 5:00pm on the first floor of the Student Services Building.

  • Buddies + Ice Cream will be hosted by Kids with Dreams on Saturday, November 4th from 2:00 - 4:00pm in Kimball Hall.

  • Throughout the week, the Stanford Daily will be featuring the Faces of Ability series, interviews with members of the Stanford disability community.

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Liu Lecture - Engineering Global Development - Amos G. Winter, MIT

Amos G. Winter is the Ratan N. Tata Career Development Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. His research focuses on machine and product design for developing and emerging markets. Prof. Winter earned a BS from Tufts University (2003) and an MS (2005) and PhD (2011) from MIT, all in mechanical engineering.

This presentation will demonstrate how the Global Engineering and Research (GEAR) Lab at MIT characterizes the unique technical and socioeconomic constraints of emerging markets, then uses these insights with engineering science and product design to create high-performance, low-cost, globally-relevant technologies. The talk will focus on three areas of GEAR Lab’s research: high-performance, low-cost prosthetic feet; low-pressure, low-power drip irrigation; and solar-powered desalination.

When: Tuesday, November 7th at 4:30pm
Where: Stanford University, Peterson Building Atrium (Building 550), 416 Escondido Mall - Disability Access Information
Admission: Everyone is welcome, free

Support the course - Funding in any amount for the course and student projects is always welcomed. Monetary gifts support approved project expenses, administrative costs, honoraria for guest lecturers, and the end-of-term celebration. Refer to the Team Project Support webpage for more information.

Email questions, comments, or suggestions - Please email me if you have general questions, comments, or suggestions regarding the course. Thank you again for your interest.


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