6.811: Principles and Practice of Assistive Technology
Resources and Links
Documentation of Past Projects
All Videos of Past Projects
Cook and Hussey's Assistive Technologies: Principles and
(ISBN-10: 0323039073; ISBN-13: 978-0323039079)
Authors: Albert M. Cook and Janice M. Polgar
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You might also be able to purchase a digital copy of this textbook from the Coop.
Interesting Readings and Articles
Francie Latour, "A talk with Graham Pullin: Why prosthetics should be beautiful," The Boston Globe, March 15, 2009
Design Meets Disability by Graham Pullin (published by MIT Press)
Moving Violations, a memoir. by John Hockenberry. Check out the book on Amazon.
MIT TLL Problem
MIT 6.S083: Building Mobile Applications , App Inventor for Android
NSF Engineering Senior Design Projects to Aid Persons with Disabilities
NSF supports a program for student engineers to cover supplies, equipment, and fabrication costs for assistive technologies. Approximately 15 U.S. universities participate and, since 1989, a book has been compiled with two-page papers describing the design, solution, and results. (Approximately 100 projects were in the 2008 edition.)
One Switch UK
A collection of simple computer games that can be played with just one switch input.
Shapeways 3D Printing, 3D-printing-as-a-service
danger!awesome, laser-cutting and etching studio in Central Square
OpenSim Community, part of the National Center for Siumlation in Rehabilitation Research (NCSRR)
MIT Student Disability Services
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Disability Law Center:
This is Massachusetts' Protection and Advocacy group
for people with disabilities. "These good folks can
help you understand your rights, and may be able to
help you secure employment (and possibly training) in
your field of choice."
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Executive Office of Health and Human Services' list of Blindness and Vision Impairment resources.
"These resources are dedicated to raising awareness of
resources for individuals with vision impairment,
legal blindness or deaf/blindness and intellectual
Principles of Assistive Technology
World Health Organization: International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF)
Commercially Available Assistive Technology Resources
Surfing the Internet with JAWS and MAGic from Freedom Scientific
TASH Mini Relax Switch
Enabling Devices: This is a good source for switches and other basic assistive devices.
Spaulding Rehabilitation Network's (SRN) Assistive Technology Center in Boston
Math Melodies, an app for iPad that helps visually impaired children to learn mathematics. Download app from App store here. Available both in Italian and English language.
Events and Competitions
Abilities Expo Boston: A 3 day event in downtown Boston that brings together the community of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors and healthcare professionals.
AT&T ConnectAbility Challenge: A global software development competition leveraging mobile and wireless technologies to improve the lives of people living with disabilities. One of our PPAT teams won this competition in 2015.
Other Relevant Subjects at MIT and Elsewhere
2.S97, Iterative Interactive Design: Offered during IAP (January Term)
2.009 Product Engineering Processes
6.170 Software Studio
6.141 Robotics: Science & Systems
6.813/6.831 User Interface Design & Implementation
6.S078 Entrepreneurship Project
6.S976 Founder's Journey
ESD.051J Engineering Innovation & Design
EC.721 Wheelchair Design
MAS.600 Human 2.0
MAS.863J How to Make (Almost) Anything
MIT - Water Jet Technologies: (MIT Hobby Shop with past projects at The Boston Home and the Protestant Guild Learning Center), Ken Stone
MIT: Wheelchair Design in Developing Countries, Amos Winter, Amy Smith
Rutgers University: MAE 473: Design of Assistive Devices, Kathryn Higgins
Stanford University: ENGR110/210: Perspectives in Assistive Technology, David Jaffe
Resource Links from Textbook
American Occupational Therapy Association
Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA)
Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE)
AT&T Natural Voices demo
Australian Association of Occupational Therapists
Australian Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association (ARATA)
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
Cepstral (Synthetic Voices)
Closing the Gap (CTG)
DECtalk, MIT lab
International Seating Symposium
International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC)