This summer, we’re trying something new! We’ve worked with LessonPix Custom Learning Materials and Minor Achievements Learning Center to create a camp where every kid has access to a basic AAC device. We have two types of devices: an Android-based tablet running CoughDrop, and a custom device built on the Adafruit PyPortal intelligent screen.
In this video we review how things went when the devices met the campers!
How it’s Made
The custom devices are made with an Adafruit PyPortal, a battery charger and a speaker along with some custom CircuitPython code. You can see more about it in this section of the Show & Tell broadcast from June 20, 2019:
A Team Effort
This project couldn’t have succeeded without the work of many people, so here’s a short list of those involved. Thank you all!
- Bill Binko from ATMakers.org designed and built the custom boxes.
- Lori Binko is the director of Minor Achievements and green-lighted the project (as well as drawing all the symbols for LessonPix!)
- Lori Goehrig was our on-site AAC Specialist and was instrumental in running the week
- Theresa Ruth is the principal SLP at LessonPix & Minor Achievements: she also runs most of the camps this summer and was the Chief Cat Herder all week
- Brian Whitmer from CoughDrop AAC was so forward looking that he developed the Open Board Format which allowed us to build the boards in CoughDrop and export them to our custom devices
- Dan Halbert at Adafruit.com provided outstanding support as we tried to make this brand new device do something beyond what was intended.
- Lori Geist from Project Core at UNC Chapel Hill was gracious enough to listen to this nutty idea and help guide us in the initial core word selection.
We will have separate guides on how to build the devices after our camps are through (and we’ve learned all our lessons), as well as how to implement a “Flood the Zone” approach on the Minor Achievements blog.
Yes, we are serious! Today is #GivingTuesday and thanks to the amazing volunteers at the 2018 Adapt-A-Thon this past weekend, we have a stock of 3D Printed AT Switches and Switch Interfaces. And we’re going to give them away with every donation of $25 or more!
Continue reading Donate on #GivingTuesday and Get Free Stuff!
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!
Continue reading CircuitPython Creates New AT Opportunities
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!
Continue reading Adafruit donates 10 3D printers for AT use!
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.
Continue reading Display-Aligned Mounting for Eye Gaze & More
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.
Visit the AAC In the Cloud Site for the full video!
https://presenters.aacconference.com/videos/UXpFMlFURTQ=Here are slides for the presentation.
AAC In the Cloud – High School – NoVids
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.
Continue reading Low-Cost Door Opener Preview
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