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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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:
- GRA-V FRC Team FRC Team 5816 (our hosts!)
- Roaring Riptide FRC Team 4118
- Royal Robotics FRC Team 5842
- Super 7 FTC Team 7477
- Exploding Bacon FRC Team 1902
- UF Women in Electrical and Computer Engineering (WECE)
- UF Building Others Through STEM (BOTS)
- UF Generational Relief in Prosthetics (GRiP)
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:
- 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!)
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Adapted toys are magic for kids with motor issues. It’s true that the toy creates joy and fun for the child, but it’s also the first step towards the ability to control their world. This guide will show you how to choose and adapt a toy for your kid. Continue reading Switch Adapting a Child’s Toy
Our delightful friends at Adafruit Industries have generously donated ten 3D printers and related accessories to ATMakers for use by our high school STEM partners! Thank you!
Here is the Tobii 4C and EyeX mounts using the updated “watch-band” style hinges. I talked about these just before the Facebook group was hidden (the second time), but Mary Elizabeth and some others wanted these, so I’ve created a Thingiverse page for them.
On Saturday, June 23, 2018 Mike Phillips finally checked off a long-standing desire from his “Things to Do” list – firing a gun with a switch. ATMakers.org is happy to have helped this happen. Check out his story below. Continue reading Mike’s Gun: An ATMakers.org Project
Today, our founder, Bill Binko presented at the AAC In The Cloud conference.
https://presenters.aacconference.com/videos/UXpFMlFURTQ=Here are slides for the presentation.
A few months ago, we asked our friend Kyleigh Kramlich what would help her most in dealing with her mobility and muscle challenges due to Cerebral Palsy… first on her list: a door opener for her bedroom.
Fast forward and she’s now our first Beta Tester for this Low Cost Door Opener designed by FTC veterans Ryan and Jim Olson and ATMakers founder Bill Binko.
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.
Continue reading How to be a (More) Maker-Friendly AT Vendor
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:
Continue reading Ella’s first project: driving her power chair!