Assistive Technology News – November 2022 round up

Assistive technology news, policy and events. Clive, smiling at the camera

DispATches is written by Clive Gilbert, freelance research consultant and specialist writer in public policy, social affairs and technology.

Born with cerebral palsy, Clive is an extensive user of assistive technology and has first-hand experience of the transformative potential that technology can bring to the lives of disabled people. 

Policy and Campaigns  

Tech Developments and Innovations  

  • An orange robot arm. A hearing aid technology company AudioTelligence, has won an award for the new technology that helps users understand speech clearly in noisy environments.
  • The Quha Zono X is a Bluetooth mouse that can be worn behind the ear to operate a computer or mobile device with simple head movements.
  • A 'smart tattoo' created by Cornell University is being applied to a variety of assistive technology uses, such as notifying a visually impaired person when they are about to bump into an object.
  • Biomedical engineers in Barcelona have developed a 3D printed, customisable below-the-elbow robotic prosthesis that can be controlled by the wearer's natural electrical nerve impulses.

Training, Events, and Professional Development 

Cooking with accessible kitchen tools, 6 December 2022

  • A webinar looking at how accessibility tools and apps found on iPhones and iPad can help disabled people prepare a meal.

AT for Social Isolation, 13 December 2022 

  • An online session exploring how disabled people can use assistive technology to connect with other people. 

Accessibility Insights with ITV, 13 December 2022 

  • Meet David Padmore, Director of Accessibility, and Matt Simpson, Head of Technology, who will be discussing all things accessibility at ITV.

Digital Accessibility Experts Live, Multiple dates 

  • A series of monthly webinars following the latest industry and technological trends in digital accessibility inclusion.
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Use the code Dispatches10 to get 10% off AbilityNet's Accessibility and Inclusive Design training, including 'PDF accessibility', 'Accessible social media', and more. 


Tech Tip

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Get in touch

  • Email Clive if you have a comment about the stories in this newsletter - or to suggest a contribution for next month.

Further resources 

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