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29-Jul-2016

Irisbond’s mission is “to socialize technology and open up new ways to interact with our devices by using our eyes,” according Eduardo Jauregui, the company’s co-founder and CEO, as quoted in the February 2016 issue of Forbes magazine. Irisbond’s eye-tracking application is combined with software that makes computer surfing easier. This enables people who have little […]

14-Mar-2014

Guest post by Sally Clendon, PhD This is my third year of facilitating whole-school professional development projects in New Zealand schools. The focus of these projects has been on implementing a comprehensive approach to literacy for all students. It has been a very exciting and challenging journey that has stretched us daily in terms of […]

19-Dec-2013

Christopher Hills is 17 years old and lives with his parents and younger sister on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia.  Born with athetoid cerebral palsy, Christopher uses computer technology to access his studies, and describes himself as a computer geek. He also happens to be a video producer, already building an impressive body of […]

19-Nov-2013

“If you didn’t call me ‘dear’, ‘honey’, or other terms of endearment before my disease, don’t change the way you talk with me now unless we have recently developed a more intimate relationship.” – Guidelines for Communication Partners © 2013 The AAC Program at Boston Children’s Hospital recently posted on Facebook, “We are very fortunate at […]

08-Nov-2013

British physicist Dr. Stephen Hawking has lived for nearly 50 years with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a degenerative motor-neuron disease. Professor Hawking’s life story has recently been celebrated in print and on film. My Brief History, published by Bantam Books in the US and Bantam Press in the UK, traces Hawking’s life story, from his childhood […]

05-Nov-2013

“Silence is full of music” • Marcel Marceau   Gabrielle Giffords, former member of the US House of Representatives, lost the ability to talk when she was shot in January 2011. The head wound she sustained during the attempt on her life caused severe damage to the speech centre in her left brain. Her progress has been […]

01-Nov-2013

A wiki is a collaboration tool: an online writing and editing platform where members of a community contribute multimedia and text-based information. Wikis can be used to share knowledge and ideas on a particular theme, build and engage communities, and brainstorm and refine concepts with colleagues throughout the world.* The best-known wiki is an online […]

28-Oct-2013

“Not Another Peep Out of You” is Harriet McBryde Johnson’s compelling account of being rushed to a hospital emergency room with severe abdominal pain. Harriet had a neuromuscular disease that meant she had to be lifted in a certain way in order to protect her fragile joints and spine. She was immediately intubated in preparation for emergency […]

25-Oct-2013

This week ISAAC and AAIDD co-hosted a webinar on Social Media and People with Disabilities. Lisa Lehmann @littlebigwitch delivered a PowerPoint presentation with commentary, using her iPad and the communication app Proloquo2Go. The GoToWebinar platform enabled Lisa to address 60 international participants from the comfort of her home in Queensland, Australia, while staff from ISAAC in Toronto […]

23-Oct-2013

Welcome to ISAAC’s Blog, a brand-new addition to our website. With the launch of this blog we are adding another dimension to the way ISAAC communicates with the world. As with every initiative at ISAAC, the purpose of the blog is to further the vision and mission of the organization: • ISAAC’s vision is that AAC […]

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