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How to be a (More) Maker-Friendly AT Vendor

Thank you to all the Assistive Technology vendors out there: the devices you create make everyday activities possible for AT Users every day!

We’d love to work with you to make your products and policies more Maker-Friendly.  To that end, we’ve asked our community of AT Users, Practitioners, Makers and Care-Givers to share their challenges using Assistive Technology products.

We then tried to rework it into a more positive “How To” document that you can use as a guide.  You can find the raw (constantly updated) Google Doc file here:

View the Latest How-To Document

Here is an edited version of the full document as of Sept. 18, 2017. Continue reading How to be a (More) Maker-Friendly AT Vendor

Ella’s first project: driving her power chair!

Miss Ella Hunt (5yo SMA type-1) is a bit of a celebrity in her Indiana town–she’s on the news quite a bit, and even went to Washington to testify before the FDA fighting to get the first effective SMA drug (Spinraza) for everyone who needs it.

But for us, she’s just a kid who need to get mobile, and we’re delighted with the progress this week!  Here’s Ella’s first attempt at using her power chair with just two switches.  More information about links to our in-progress follows the video:

To create the adapter, we used an Adafruit Feather Bluefruit M0 to take two input switches, apply a bit of logic and timing control and then control three outputs via a Relay Board that we designed and built. We’ll make a full guide for this project, but we probably need a waiver of liability form for this one (Erica Hunt, Ella’s mom took ownership of the device before we used it, and was awesome).

Here’s some background if you want to follow the project:

 

PowerChair

To follow along on future project like this, please join our ATMakers Facebook Group!  At this time, most of the discussion and design work still works there and only solutions that are completed are documented here on the main site.  We’re working on improving that – if you’d like to help, please sign up on the home page and let us know!

 

 

Just a few updates

First, and most importantly, this site has just had a major update & some extra protection added to try to stop the LOSERS who are trying to use our site to send SPAM and increase their own site’s SEO by taking advantage of folks with disabilities. Like I really have time for this crap. :-/

Second, we’ll be gathering at the AT Makers Facebook Group for an update concerning Closing the Gap and our efforts this summer!

Gotta go fight more spammy jerks.