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Technology and design benefitting individuals with disabilities and older adults in the local community
June 24, 2015    
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Perspectives is the newsletter of the Stanford course,
Perspectives in Assistive Technology.

Perspectives in Assistive Technology is a Winter Quarter Stanford course 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; and an assistive technology faire. Much more information can be found on the course website.

Stanford Students Awarded First Prize in Design Competition

Kanhika and Jenni at RESNA 2015

Stanford Product Design students Kanhika Jaywant Nikam and So Yeon Jenni Park were awarded first prize for their project submission to the Student Design Competition at the recent RESNA Conference in Denver, CO.

Their project, Rhombus Rumbles, is a therapy game for children with hearing impairments. It employs a lip-reading technique, often used by speech therapists, as a learning tool to create a fun linguistic game. The game can be played by therapists, parents, or the children themselves to accelerate the process of learning language.

Kanhika and Jenni pursued the project in Stanford's Winter Quarter course, Perspectives in Assistive Technology. Instead of working on two individual projects, they decided to team up to address a hearing and learning problem that affects 2 to 3 of every 1000 children in the US.

For over 30 years, RESNA's Student Design Competition has showcased creative and innovative assistive technology designs that help people with disabilities function more independently. Student teams represent a wide variety of disciplines including mechanical, electrical, and biomedical engineering; computer information science; architecture; and physical and occupational therapy. Entries are judged on originality, quality of design, and usefulness to persons with disabilities. Winners have frequently moved on to become leaders in the field of assistive technology.

RESNA, the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America, is the premier professional organization dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of people with disabilities through increasing access to technology solutions. RESNA advances the field by offering certification, continuing education, and professional development; developing assistive technology standards; promoting research and public policy; and sponsoring forums for the exchange of information and ideas to meet the needs of our multidisciplinary constituency.

Note: As this wasn't considered a traditional team project, it wasn't presented in class.

Do you have a question or comment? - If you have general questions, comments, or suggestions about the course, David L. Jaffe, MS, the instructor, can be reached by email or at 650/892-4464. Thank you again for your interest.


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