Technology Spotlight: New designs for mobility devices

Written and researched by Judy Hill

Here’s a unique and interesting mobility aide for disabled individuals. A self-sufficient measure to move from bed to wheelchair without the assistance of another individual. Designed by Panasonic it’s called a Robobed. Check out the link below:

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This site offers a wheelchair with an exceptional design that allows its user to move sideways! This is accomplished by placing many smaller rubber wheels along the larger rim so they each turn individually creating greater flexibility of movement. Its name, “Permoveh”, is short for Personal mobile vehicle.

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TED Talk with Phil Hansen and his perspective on living with a disability, which he calls “Embrace the Shake”

Written by Kayla Earley, Lab Facilitator

Many people view their disabilities as just that – a disability, a limitation, an obstacle. But what if your disability gave you a unique ABILITY to accomplish something that no one else can accomplish? In this video, Phil Hansen discusses how he “embraced the shake” and learned to shine through his abilities. Remember that success looks different for everyone, and a new perspective makes all the difference.

Click here to view the TED Talk and prepare to be AMAZED by his creativity and perspective!

Ted Talks on Disability

Ted Talks “I’m not your inspriation, thank you very much.”

Ted Talks is a website that holds a vast collection of lecture-style videos on various subjects. The videos are relatively short, but offer interesting topics to the audience. The video we are sharing is a Ted Talk with Stella Young, a comdeian and disability advocate. Her perspective on disability is very thought provoking. The video clip is 9 minutes long. Click here for the complete transcript of the video.