Monthly Archives: January 2012

Campus Access Remains Big Hurdle

Non-disabled people generally never think about the accessibility of physical space. We all see automatic door open buttons (big blue square with white wheelchair symbol) at most places so we assume there is a way for everyone to get inside… but what happens once inside? This is why I believe the virtual world is so appealing to people with disabilities.

Read the entire article: For some, campus disability access not enough Many locations on campus are more easily accessible by stairs, while some cannot even be reached by elevator.

Higher Debt-ucation

Reality check. Owing thousands in student loan, and no job in sight… it is reality. Plumbers, electricians, mechanics, masonry, welding, recycling… these jobs cannot be outsourced.

The fading dream of higher education in the US: Once an engine of social mobility, higher education in the US now signifies debt and lack of opportunity.

Event captioning on mobile devices in some US venues, but not enough

What a fantastic idea, putting the technology most of us already have to real use–assistive technology for all. Universal design of products allows for multiple uses in different scenarios. I love it! And I cannot believe it is not used in more venues! I urge all venues to adopt this simple technology that will benefit more of the population then you realize.

Screenshot of homepage.

FanConneX also offers our in-venue closed captioning of the PA announcer for the hearing impaired. It’s a simple, innovative way for venues to enhance the experience of their hearing impaired fans. It’s doesn’t require video board space or a separate video board, but works on web-enabled handheld devices.

Excellent Description of Living with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Pie chart of estimated percentage of annual TBI external causes in USA 2002-2006: 35.2% falls, 16.5% struck by/against, 17.3% motor vehicle-traffic, 10% assault, 21% unknown/other

Whether a person has a “mild,” “moderate” or “severe” traumatic brain injury (TBI) is governed by the Glasgow Coma Scale. A score of 13-15 is a “mild” injury, a score of 9-12 is a “moderate” injury, and a score of 8 or less is a “severe” injury. 75% of brain injuries are considered “mild.” The consequences of a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) frequently are not mild and, in some instances, never go away. Some signs and symptoms of a MTBI include: transient confusion, disorientation, loss of consciousness or altered consciousness, memory dysfunction, headaches, dizziness, irritability, fatigue and poor concentration. According to the CDC’s Report To Congress On Mild Traumatic Brain Injury In the United States, “MTBI is a public health problem, the magnitude and impact of which are underestimated by current surveillance systems.”

“This article from therapist Luann Jacobs is the most concise and comprehensive description of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury that I have read, as a MTBI survivor. MTBI can be caused by strokes, wounds to the brain, tumors, diseases, concussions (whether from explosions, contact sports such as hockey and football, auto accidents, or falls), and anything which compromises the circulatory or neurological functions of the brain.” James Billingsly about: MILD BRAIN INJURY: IMPLICATIONS FOR INDEPENDENCE by Luann Jacobs, MA-CCC/SLP RMT Center for Integrative Medicine at George Washington Hospital

The author has given permission to share and distribute this article and many who have read it feel that it is a useful tool for greater understanding.