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Vehicle Hand Controls for Disabled Drivers: Gaining Mobility

When a person with disabilities decides it’s time to hit the road, there are no physical limitations to his or her journey. Relatively inexpensive hand controls for disabled drivers have made it easier than ever to get behind the wheel. …
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MIT Unveils a Wheelchair that Drives Itself

MIT Unveils a Wheelchair that Drives Itself

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have unveiled a new electric wheelchair model that has one unique perk: the ability to pilot itself. As automation technology continues to advance, it’s no surprise that it has begun to creep …
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New Muscular Dystrophy Drug Gains FDA Approval

New Muscular Dystrophy Drug Gains FDA Approval

Just this week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced their approval of a new pharmaceutical drug that could significantly change the lives of those affected by Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). The new drug, named deflazacort, is a steroid-based …
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GO Gloves Add a Bit of Comfort to Wheelchair Movement

GO Gloves Add a Bit of Comfort to Wheelchair Movement

Winter is a great time to get a new pair of gloves, but for the wheelchair-using community, gloves are more than something that keep a person’s hands warm. They are a source of comfort for the very way a wheelchair …
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New “Mountain Bike” Wheelchair Made by MIT Students

New “Mountain Bike” Wheelchair Made by MIT Students

Students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), lead by Assistant Professor Amos Winter, have designed and created a new wheelchair inspired by and made with parts of mountain bikes. The wheelchair, initially designed for use in developing countries around the …
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A Look Back on Wheelchair Technology in 2016

A Look Back on Wheelchair Technology in 2016

Every year, we see technology take another big leap forward. From virtual reality to driverless cars, smart watches and more, we’ve seen a lot of neat, new gadgets surface. In 2016, we also saw a lot of new prosthetic and …
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Google Maps is Now Wheelchair Friendly!

Google Maps is Now Wheelchair Friendly!

A small group of Google employees just completed a project that should make any person in wheelchair smile: Google Maps is now wheelchair friendly! The application will now tell users whether locations they are viewing are accessible to people with …
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How WWII Gave Rise to the Electric Wheelchair

How WWII Gave Rise to the Electric Wheelchair

Today marks the 75th year since the attacks on Pearl Harbor plunged the United States into World War II. On December 7th, 1941, a day that President Roosevelt called “a date which will live in infamy,” 2403 people died in …
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Smart Houses are Great for People with Disabilities

Smart Houses are Great for People with Disabilities

Houses are becoming more intelligent. Just like watches, phones and many other everyday devices, modern homes will one day be able to automate processes that are inconvenient or impossible for people with disabilities. Just like how wheelchair vans have offered freedom …
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Virtual Reality to Assist Head Transplant Patient

Virtual Reality to Assist Head Transplant Patient

One of the world’s first head transplant patients will receive a lot of help from a specially-coded virtual reality program before he undergoes his first surgery, which doesn’t have a set date at this time. Valery Spiridonov, a Russian man …
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