Winter Quarter 2020

Perspectives in Assistive Technology


David L. Jaffe, MS
Lathrop Library Classroom 282
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4:30pm to 5:50pm

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Thursday, February 20th

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Assistive Technology Faire

Abstract: This 8th annual event provides an opportunity for students and community members to get an up-close look at a variety of devices and learn about available programs from product vendors and service agencies. Please browse to the Call for Assistive Technology Faire Participants webpage if you would like to participate in this event as a vendor of assistive technology products or services. Everyone is welcome to attend the faire.

2020 Vendor Participants:

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Omeo Technology - Ben Woodford
"With its intuitive hands-free control system for freedom, movement and independence, the Omeo pushes the boundaries in recreation and personal transportation. It is the ultimate multi-purpose mobility device with many features that appeal to all sectors of the community. The powerful two-wheeled self-balancing platform means you travel over uneven terrain, scale inclines, and navigate troughs, while always remaining level in your seat – giving access to places such as beaches, forests, tracks, and pathways that would be impossible for most other personal mobility devices."

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Eatwell Tableware Set
Sha Design - Sha Yao
Eatwell is an assistive tableware set designed for people to eat independently. Its universal, user-centric design can benefit those with cognitive (such as Alzheimer's and other dementia conditions), motor (Parkinson's disease and various scleroses), and physical impairments.

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Project Invent Club
East Palo Alto Academy - Aaron Ragsdale & James M. Wang
East Palo Alto Academy (EPAA) is collaborating with Project Invent and StreetCode Academy to explore engineering and design thinking for social good. Students will be demonstrating a new project they are developing to promote inclusion in makerspaces. Their work is specifically targeting students with an autism spectrum disorder. They will also present the second prototype of a proximity sensing sign, they made for their community partner, Abigayil Tamara, that beeps and lights up when an object comes within a certain distance of a wheelchair accessible van, discouraging drivers from parking too close and consequently blocking deployment of the ramp.

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Canine Companions for Independence
CCI - JoAnn with puppy-in-training Tobias and Jo-Ann with puppy-in-training Volly
Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and a lifetime of support to ensure quality partnerships, free of charge to the recipient.

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911Finder Cellular Watch for People with Alzheimer's
911 Tracker - Chuck Roedel
"The 911Finder provides peace of mind for the caregiver that the wearer is safe. The wearer and caregiver can call each other with the touch of a button. The caregiver's 911Finder App receives an alert if wearer is outside Safe Zone, falls down, or removes Finder. If the caregiver believes the wearer is having an emergency, they can tap the App commanding Finder to use our patented method to call 911-Operator nearest the wearer. The Finder speaks the caregiver's name and phone number and the wearer's real-time GPS location."

Tokens for Wellness Game

Celebrate Wellness - A Therapy Game
Abigayil Tamara, MA, MSW
Celebrate Wellness is a therapy game for inpatient psychiatric units. It is a non-threatening, humorous way to engage patients who have difficulty expressing their thoughts and feelings. Each player picks a character and plays the game as if they were that character. The leader of the game (a therapist, social worker, nurse, or counselor) tailors the interventions built into the game to meet the needs of the individual patient. The game is not a competition. The value of playing the game is derived by the therapeutic interventions in a group experience.

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BeeLine Reader
BeeLine Reader, Inc - Nick Lum
BeeLine Reader is a software tool that improves reading ability by displaying text using a color gradient that wraps from the end of one line to the beginning of the next. This gradient pulls the reader’s eyes through the text, making reading easier. This approach is especially helpful for readers with dyslexia, ADHD, and various vision impairments.

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Ability Tools Device Lending Library
Silicon Valley Independent Living Center - Joe Escalante
Silicon Valley Independent Living Center (SVILC) is a cross-disability, intergenerational, and multicultural disability justice organization that creates fully inclusive communities that value the dignity, equality, freedom and worth of every human being. SVILC maintains a lending library of assistive technology so consumers may borrow a device free of charge and try it before buying it, use it to compare similar devices, or to use while a personal device is being repaired.

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Camanio Care - Agneta Rosenberg
Camanio Care BikeAround is a memory-care therapy program which consists of a stationary bike paired with Google Street View, benefitting older adults with cognitive disabilities and those who just want to stay active. BikeAround is an aid for cognitive, physical, and mental activity for people experiencing dementia and brain injury. It’s used for rehabilitation, memory care, and reminiscence therapy.

Cancelled 2020 Vendor Participant:

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Smart White Cane for the Blind
Intellisight - Brian Higgins
The Smart White Cane for the Blind is a sensor and smart vision enriched white cane for the blind and visually impaired. It incorporates a state of the art Lidar laser rangefinder, an ultrasonic sensor for object detection and avoidance, illumination for dimly lit areas, and an iPhone running Talking GPS and AIRA personal sighted assistance apps. The wheeled white cane provides contact with the surface and future guidance assistance.

Faire Material:

Slides - 216 Kb pdf file
Photos - Kb pdf file

New Participant Template:

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Vendor - Participants
Product description

Updated 02/21/2020

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