Blind and deaf Leeds DJ has equipment stolen

By Bruce Smith ©Yorkshire Evening Post, England — A blind and deaf DJ has had his lifeline braille computer and vital audio download system stolen by burglars. The £3,000 Braille Note PK communications unit and £350 Victor Stream system are no use to anyone with sight and hearing, but they are crucial to Mike Gerwat’s life…. READ ARTICLE

Experience the Future of Assistive Technology at Abilities Expo November 6-8

PRNewswire, ATLANTA — The cutting-edge of assistive technology–including both commercially available and next-generation AT products–will be showcased at the Assistive Technology Pavilion at Abilities Expo ( on November 6-8, 2009 at the Cobb Galleria Convention Center. Thousands of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers and healthcare professionals are expected to attend this free, three-day expo and conference for a taste of the latest technologies, techniques and tips for improving their physical, technological and social environs. The following products–many of which are still in development–will impact people of all ages with a wide range of physical, sensory and intellectual disabilities…. Auditory Menus and Deaf911 Phone: Exciting demonstrations of experimental technology currently under development for people with visual and manual limitations (Auditory Menus) and hearing loss (Deaf911 Phone; Robotics technology: Displays on robots that retrieve and deliver objects using a laser pointer. Visit for more.

A lesson in traveling in the dark

By Jim Foti © Minneapolis Star Tribune — Imagine trying to cross the street if you couldn’t see or hear. Minnesotans who are blind, deaf or both don’t have to imagine. They’ve long been tired of the barriers that complicate their daily movements. Now, thanks to increasing activism and improved technologies, they have the attention of the people who could make it easier for them get around…. READ ARTICLE