My publisher, Demos, is hosting an event at a New York Public Library on February 9 to promote my new book. In “High Tech to No Tech – Assistive Technology for the Disabled Goes Mainstream,” Demos will announce the release of The Illustrated Guide to Assistive Technology to media and the publishing industry. I’ll speak about the different devices and gadgets for people with vision, hearing, mobility, cognitive and communications disabilities.
Location: Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library
40 West 20th Street (Between 5th and 6th Aves.)
New York, NY 10011
When: Tuesday, February 9, 5:30PM to 6:30PM
Map to library
Suzanne Robitaille, author of “The Illustrated Guide to Assistive Technology and Devices” will demonstrate some new cool technologies for those working and living with disabilities at the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library. The library, which features barrier-free architecture and houses browsing collections of braille, recorded, and large-print books, is the perfect backdrop for Suzanne’s presentation.
Suzanne will demonstrate some of these technologies, including:
- Purple Communications Video Relay: Both a product and a service, video relay allows a person who is deaf to have a telephone conversation with a hearing person using sign language, and vice versa.
- Livescribe Pulse pen: Called one of the ‘Best Tech Startups of 2009′ by BusinessWeek magazine, this is a pen with a computer inside of it that records and syncs audio to what you write. There are a myriad of features for people with disabilities, such as learning and autism. Also, developers are researching use of the pen to make tactile graphics (maps, charts, tables, and illustrations) “talk” for the blind.
- Wacom Bamboo tablet. This product can be used as a mouse/keyboard alternative for some people, and can be used with Inkwell, which is Mac’s built-in handwriting recognition system to turn handwriting to text.
- Five new iphone apps for people with disabilities, including a program for those with developmental disabilities and a text-to-speech app for those who cannot speak due to autism, stroke or traumatic brain injury.
- Wii for the head, for those who want to play video games but don’t have any arm mobility.
Suzanne Robitaille is the founder and editor of abledbody.com, a website that covers disability news and assistive technology. Growing up profoundly deaf, Suzanne learned firsthand that people with disabilities can benefit from these type of technologies both professionally and socially.
She began her journalism career in 2000 at the Wall Street Journal’s interactive operations in New York. A year later, she became a technology columnist for BusinessWeek Online, writing a weekly column on assistive devices and technology. Suzanne has written for various consumer publications and websites, including the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek Online, and Media Post, among others.
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