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CircuitPython Creates New AT Opportunities

For those of you who don’t know, CircuitPython is a programming language and environment for small computers and microcontrollers that is sponsored by our friends at Adafruit.

It is a variant of Python, and a fork of the popular MicroPython that’s been out for a few years.  However, CircuitPython has a few differences that are really helpful for Assistive Technology., and we’re going to use it to amazing things!

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2018 Adapt-A-Thon is Coming! We Need Your Help!

Please support this event!

100% of donations on this page will be used toward this event


It’s official: this year’s Adapt-A-Thon will be a on November 25th at the fabulous Launch Site building at Orange Technical College in Orlando!  Last year’s event adapted over 100 toys for children who use AT switches, and this year is going to be even better!
How?  Well first, we’ve got more kids!  Eight separate groups of young Makers are planning on joining us at the event:

That should about triple the number of hands working on toys, so we’re going to expand our goals!  Specifically, we’ll be working on three new areas:

  1. Working with a larger number of groups who need toys.  Does your school district need adapted toys?  Or your charity (or just your child?)  Let us know (but please contact us soon!)
  2. Including toys targeting older switch users.  Dice rollers (for D&D, boggle, etc.), “Hand Raisers”, etc. are great for “bigger kids” and we’ve got the skills & designs to make them.
  3. Providing Switches & PC Switch Interfaces.  We have three working switch designs that are all 3D printable: we’ll make sure any kid who needs a switch gets one.  In addition, we’ll be providing low-cost switch interfaces to allow switches to be used as mouse and keyboard input to a PC or Mac.

This will be amazing, but it will cost money – more money than our usual funding methods can handle (but thank you LessonPix.com  & the Binkos and Griffiths!).  We estimate that even if the recipient groups purchase most of the unadapted toys, we’ll need about $2000.00 to make this happen.

So please, consider making a donation to this event.  We are a 501(c)(3) charity and will be happy to work with you to make your donation or advertising purchase go as far as possible.  If you’d like more information, please contact us at adapt@atmakers.org

ATMaker’s Facebook Group is Gone – What?

Well, this has been quite the weekend.

On Saturday, I asked my delightful sister to help me share ATMakers in Atlanta. We talked through a post she could share with her local friends, and I included a link to ATMakers.org’s main website.

She posted it and immediately we found out that the main site (which is based on WordPress) had been hacked. They had posted a ton of horrible ads and “your computer has been infected” garbage on the homepage. Worse, they hide it when you’re logged in, so I Continue reading ATMaker’s Facebook Group is Gone – What?

Automated Testing of 3.5mm AT Jacks

At ATMakers, we use lots of AT Jacks.  Every switch-adapted toy, every interface device, almost everything we make requires a 3.5mm jack or plug.

Because of this, we ask STEM programs and Robotics teams to make us jacks and plugs as their first soldering project, and we’re always making them here.  Therefore we have lots of jacks, and we need to do lots of testing! This project makes that simple!
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