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Culture Inclusive: a bridge between cultural enjoyment and inclusion

The cultural landscape is changing because inclusive services are becoming increasingly important. Until now, there was a lack of information to comprehensively implement the notion of inclusion. The Culture Inclusive project offers assistance: you can find information about inclusive cultural institutions on a cultural map that can be filtered by disability criteria. Culture Inclusive: a bridge between cultural enjoyment and inclusion - Read more

Linguists document Philadelphia 'accent' of American Sign Language

Photo: Sample of the program being used [09/12/2015] Jami Fisher, a lecturer in the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Linguistics, has a long history with American Sign Language. Both of her parents and her brother are deaf, and now she's working on a project to document what they're calling the Philadelphia accent of this language.Linguists document Philadelphia 'accent' of American Sign Language - Read more

Disclosure strategies may improve communication for those with hearing loss

Photo: Women of different age walking next to each other [07/12/2015] Massachusetts Eye and Ear researchers surveyed 337 patients with hearing loss to better understand the language they use with communication partners to disclose their disability. Their findings may be used to develop resources for health care professionals to provide their patients with strategies to disclose hearing loss successfully and effectively in interactions with others.Disclosure strategies may improve communication for those with hearing loss - Read more

EziSmart makes smartphones more accessible for the elderly

Photo: EziSmart smartphone case [25/11/2015] The elderly may find that using a smartphone is difficult and incomprehensible, while people with disabilities may encounter problems because phone operation requires delicate motor functions. But one inventor saw no reason for it to be this way – and has found a solution to the problem. His invention is a smartphone case equipped with physical buttons.EziSmart makes smartphones more accessible for the elderly - Read more

Rare facial paralysis gives new insights into social interaction

Photo: Kathleen Bogart who has Möbius [23/11/2015] An international group of researchers centered at Aarhus University's Interacting Minds Centre has completed a study involving five Danish teenagers with Möbius Syndrome to see whether it is possible to teach persons who lack facial expressivity to use alternative communication strategies.Rare facial paralysis gives new insights into social interaction - Read more

How sign language users learn intonation

Photo: Girl looking at sign language alphabet [05/10/2015] A language does not need to be spoken to have prosody: sign languages, such as American Sign Language (ASL), use movements, pauses and facial expressions to achieve the same goals. In a study appearing in the September 2015 issue of Language, three linguists look at intonation in ASL and find that native ASL signers learn intonation in much the same way that users of spoken languages do.How sign language users learn intonation - Read more

"With the Lorm Glove, deaf-blind people gain access to information on their own"

Directly and on-site – this is what communication currently looks like for deaf-blind persons. The Lorm Alphabet they use is a spelling alphabet and is directly lormed into the palm of your hand. Communication over distances is only possible via an intermediary. A glove is now meant to change all that."With the Lorm Glove, deaf-blind people gain access to information on their own" - Read more

QuatrBack: Smart emergency scheme for people with dementia

Photo: Elderly man throwing a football [16/09/2015] People with dementia exhibit many far-reaching changes of conduct. Embarrassment, fear, and reduced orientation ability decrease their degree of independence and social inclusion. The QuartrBack project coordinated by the Evangelische Heimstiftung now combines volunteer work with technologies for location, monitoring, information, and professional care.QuatrBack: Smart emergency scheme for people with dementia - Read more

'Dialing for Diabetes Control' helps urban adults lower blood sugar

Photo: Young woman using a telephone [29/07/2015] Periodic telephone counseling can be a highly effective, low-cost tool for lowering blood-sugar levels in minority, urban adults with uncontrolled diabetes. The findings are the result of a clinical trial led by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and their collaborators at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (Health Department).'Dialing for Diabetes Control' helps urban adults lower blood sugar - Read more

Alzheimer's: How spouse-caregivers sustain relationships

Photo: Elderly couple sitting on a sofa [24/07/2015] In a study conducted at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), researchers looked at how couples affected by Alzheimer’s disease AD maintained their relationships, over the course of many years of marriage, and uncovered 10 patterns of communication that help couples sustain engagement in their relationships. Alzheimer's: How spouse-caregivers sustain relationships - Read more

 
 

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