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A comparison of assistive technologies in the EU: "Technology solutions must keep social context in mind"


For one year, a study by the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) focused on assistive technologies and their benefits in four different European countries, and was able to identify fundamental differences in the general approach to people with disabilities.
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Photo: Elderly couple using FaceTime to communicate with their family; Copyright: Dolgachov

Using Skype to beat the blues


Imagine your family has moved across the state or across country. You're retired, and your spouse has passed away. Lacking the social connections previous generations once found in church or fraternal organizations, it doesn't take much time to begin feeling isolated and alone. So a study measures effectiveness of online communication tools in combatting depression among socially isolated seniors.
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Leicht. Bewerben.: "Simple Language can break down online barriers and communicate content so everyone can understand"


Writing an informative job application can be hard but it’s crucial if you want to find a job. Especially young people with learning disabilities often struggle with this feat. That’s why the KulturLife non-profit organization has launched the "Leicht. Bewerben" project (English: Applying. Made Simple).
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Photo: The TiPY keyboard for one hand; Copyright: Drory Handels GmbH

"TiPY is designed to accomplish the same things with one hand as you can with a standard two-handed keyboard"


Microsoft has led the way and launched an adaptive controller to enable people with physical disabilities to have nearly the same complete gaming experience as people without disabilities. Mattheaus Drory achieved a similar result. In this interview with, he admits that he initially didn’t necessarily have people with disabilities in mind when he developed his one-handed keyboard.
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