tive – The World at Your Fingertips

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tive is

  • Connective
  • Supportive
  • Positive
  • Active
  • Interactive

The World at Your Fingertips.

tive brings opportunity, connectivity, accessibility, and community to the fingertips of all d/Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Americans.

Connect

Instantly connect over live video on-demand to a sign language interpreter anywhere, anytime for anything through your mobile device!

Easy Appointments

Easily schedule, manage and track sessions with sign language virtual or in-person interpreters for up to 90 days.

With Training, People in Mind-Controlled Wheelchairs Can Navigate Normal, Cluttered Spaces

From Neuroscience News: For Complete Post, Click Here…

Summary: New brain-machine interface technology allows those who are immobile to control their wheelchairs through mind control. The BMI allows users to traverse natural and cluttered environments after training.

Ki Mobility’s Rogue2: A Lightweight and Highly Adjustable Manual Wheelchair

By Michael Franz: For Complete Post, Click Here…

Ki Mobility has released the Rogue2, a lightweight, customizable manual wheelchair for both new and experienced wheelchair users. 

The Rogue2 is an aluminum monotube rigid wheelchair that offers a wide range of adjustability. At 10.6 pounds, the Rogue2 lets users adjust the back angle, back height, rear seat height and center of gravity without disassembly. Compared to the original Rogue, the Rogue2 has a more adjustable backrest system. It allows you to set your preferred angle and then easily change to reclined positions of 4 or 9 degrees to make pressure relief, positioning and dressing easier. The Rogue2 also has an indexed rear seat height adjustment for more accurate alignment, and a new dimple track to make it easier to keep your camber tube square when adjusting the center of gravity. 

Additionally, the Rogue2 features an improved caster adjustment mechanism with corrosion-resistant casters. You can set the caster arms to a narrow position for a smaller footprint and closer transfers, or set them wider for enhanced stability. You can also move the chair’s anti-tips to three different positions for use or stowage. 

The Rogue2 is available in 32 finishes, has a maximum weight capacity of 275 pounds and is available in seat depths of 14 to 20 inches and widths of 12 to 20 inches. The Rogue2 starts at $2,745 and can be equipped with a variety of options. For more information, visit the opens in a new windowKi Mobility website. 

How to Use Voice Access in Windows 11

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What to Know

  • Enable Voice Access: Settings app > Accessibility > Speech. > toggle switch next to Voice access.
  • To quickly disable Voice Access: Right-click the voice access icon on the taskbar > Close window.

Voice access is a free feature built directly into the Windows 11 operating system that lets you control apps and settings with your voice and even allows for the dictation of speech. This article explains how to set up and use voice access as well as how to turn it on and off.

How to Set Up and Use Voice Access on Windows 11

Here’s how to set up and use the Windows 11 voice access tool.

Windows 11’s voice access tool is the successor to Windows Speech Recognition and is a completely separate tool. Voice access is also not connected to Microsoft’s Cortana digital assistant which is now a separate Cortana app in Windows 11.

  1. Open the Windows 11 Start Menu.

What the Heck Is a Minimalist Phone?

By JOE FEDEWA: For Complete Post, Click Here…

Smartphones put the world at our fingertips, but the unfettered access to dopamine can be too much sometimes. What if there was a way to get the best of a smartphone without all the distractions? Enter “minimalist” phones.

The first iPhone was announced in 2007, and we’ve slowly been consumed by smartphones ever since. This oversaturation has made people feel like they can’t simply go back to a “dumb” phone when the smartphone becomes too much. A new type of device has attempted to solve that “problem.”

As magical as smartphones feel sometimes, they’ve become pretty utilitarian—similar to owning a car in certain parts of the world. A smartphone may simply be a tool at its core, but it’s one of the most distracting tools in your toolbox.

People feel like they need to own a smartphone to exist in modern society. In the process, we’ve gotten hooked on services like Google Maps, Facebook Messenger, Gmail, Instagram, and many others. The idea of “disconnecting” has evolved to mean something different.

Maybe you’ve heard someone say, “I would love to go back to a flip phone, but I can’t live without Google Maps.” This is exactly what minimalist phones aim to provide—a slimmed-down smartphone experience. You still get access to the essentials—but nothing else.

A minimalist phone sits somewhere between a classic “dumb” phone, like a flip phone, and a full-fledged touchscreen-enabled smartphone. Essentially, it’s a smartphone with a bunch of intentional restrictions. For people who want some smartphone niceties without the smartphone distractions.

Accessibility in the Fediverse (and Mastodon)

By Eric Eggert: For Complete Post, Click Here…

Many people think about moving or at least establishing a presence in the so-called Fediverse. The Fediverse is (and this is probably a very shortened and incorrect) a collection of distributed web applications that can talk to each other. The most well known software is Mastodon, which is installed on many servers.

Now, because it is such a distributed system, the accessibility around the Fediverse is not super consistent either. But there are all the important foundations there, including the possibility to add alternative text for images.

Mastodon is a good place to dive into the Fediverse as it mimics Twitter quite closely: Followers and Following, Boosts (like “Retweets”), and Stars (like “Likes”). If you want to sign up for a disability/accessibility friendly instance, I can recommend toot.cafe, which tries to be as inclusive as the underlying software allows. There is also dragonscave.space, which is run by blind admins1 .

I, personally, have used micro.blog in the last couple of weeks, which deliberately does not support most of the standard Twitter functionality. I can’t even see who follows me. My toot.cafe profile still exists, and I’ll likely keep it (because it looks like it is easier to find for people), but it looks like it won’t be my primary way of posting in the future.

Should you join the Fediverse?

Yes, but not for the reasons that you might think of. It’s important to have options. And locking oneself into one social network is never good. Options are. Twitter has helped the web community to grow together like no other social network before. But it is in the end a closed system, which is antithetical to the web.

By opening a profile on Mastodon or somewhere else in the Fediverse, you can participate in more diverse places than before. And they all communicate with each other. It’s powerful, and if there is a new boss in your instance who brings a sink into a building for no reason, you can switch to another instance (with some issues).

Some accessibility people on the Fediverse:

Sensory Diet Toys, Equipment & Tools 

From Sensory Processing Disorder Parent Support: For Complete Post, Click Here…

Sometimes it can be very overwhelming as a parent who has a child with Sensory Processing Disorder. Especially when you’re trying to find sensory toys. 

There’s so many products out there today and several stores that it can get confusing where to buy sensory diet tools and equipment. 

I have created this list to make it easier for you to find everything you need for your child’s sensory diet. 

So much fun, they won’t even know it’s therapy! 

SkinKit offers versatile, wearable on-skin computing

By Tom Fleischman: For Complete Post, Click Here…

Personal computing has gotten smaller and more intimate over the years – from the desktop computer to the laptop, to smartphones and tablets, to smart watches and smart glasses.

But the next generation of wearable computing technology – for health and wellness, social interaction and myriad other applications – will be even closer to the wearer than a watch or glasses: It will be affixed to the skin.

On-skin interfaces – sometimes known as “smart tattoos” – have the potential to outperform the sensing capabilities of current wearable technologies, but combining comfort and durability has proven challenging. Now, members of Cornell’s Hybrid Body Lab have come up with a reliable, skin-tight interface that’s easy to attach and detach, and can be used for a variety of purposes – from health monitoring to fashion.

Doctoral student and lab member Pin-Sung Ku is lead author of “SkinKit: Construction Kit for On-Skin Interface Prototyping,” which was presented in September at UbiComp ’22, the Association for Computing Machinery’s international joint conference on pervasive and ubiquitous computing.

“We’ve been working on this for years, and I think we’ve finally figured out a lot of the technical challenges,” said Cindy (Hsin-Liu) Kao, assistant professor of human centered design in the College of Human Ecology, and the study’s senior author. “We wanted to create a modular approach to smart tattoos, to make them as straightforward as building Legos.”

Cool Tactile Guiding Paths for Blind People

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Tactile paths for blind people are popping up all over the world! I loved feeling them under my feet. Strangely, some paths abruptly end for no reason.

Tactile paths can’t replace canes and guide dogs, but many communities don’t have blind travel instructors. Lara Guide Dog School provides orientation & mobility training to blind people in Greece. I hope every blind person around the world will one day have access to cane travel or guide dog travel classes.

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