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Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) play an important role in the lives of people with disabilities. DSPs assist people with disabilities with activities of daily living, social activities, personal contacts, coordination of health care, community interactions and more. The support they provide depends upon the situation of each person and can...

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A refreshingly positive piece from the author of this blog post who writes about the favorable things she’s experienced after she became blind. https://myblurredworld13.wordpress.com/2016/03/23/the-best-things-about-being-visually-impaired

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A blog post from a young woman (14 years) talking about what she went through emotionally and how her life and relationship changed with her mother as she was diagnosed and became blind. http://www.girlgoneblind.com/my-mom-went-blind-and-my-life-began-to-unwind

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This blog piece discusses a mother’ challenges with her assisting her blind daughter and figuring out why she was disinterested in using her white cane. Sensory processing issues, complex needs, occupational therapy and a ‘sensory diet’ are all topics for discussion, review and to help the reader realize her journey...

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Saqib is a core Microsoft developer living in London, who lost the use of his eyes at age 7. He found inspiration in computing and is helping build Seeing AI, a research project that helps people who are visually impaired or blind to better understand who and what is around...

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When Kristin Smedley learned that her first child was born with a gene mutation that causes blindness, she believed the life she dreamt for her son was over. Smedley shares her very personal story of how she learned to see the world differently through the eyes of her children and...

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Voice-controlled technology like Amazon Echo, Siri or hands-free features in Google Maps are things we’re starting to take for granted. But as Mary Meeker’s 2017 Internet Trends Report noted, voice controls are changing computer-human interfaces, and industries, broadly. Speech recognition or voice controls are being added to medical devices and...

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Are you a web developer looking to ensure your sites are fully accessible? Like regular user tests, it’s not rocket science to test with users with disabilities. And it will give you so much more than reading checklists or testing with non-disabled users. This blog article contains seven practical tips...

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Hear the visual world through synaesthesia, in this case: 'seeing sounds as colors.' The Synaestheatre is a device that converts 3D spatial and colour information into sound. The sounds are chosen based on a combination of natural hearing cues, intuitive associations between the senses and synaesthesia. This has resulted in...

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Helping students to develop mouse skills can be a challenge. There are free activities online for helping children to build mouse skills. There are games and various drawing programs (see previous posting "Sites to Support Students with Special Needs" for a listing of drawing programs) that provide simple mouse practice...

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