Cutting-edge technologies designed to enhance accessibility for individuals with disabilities will be on display March 17 at the fifth Conference on Effective Access Technology at Rochester Institute of Technology’s MAGIC Spell Studios.
From furniture and toys that assist children with disabilities to car seats that help people with mobility issues enter and exit vehicles safely will be exhibit at the conference.
Data gathered from the World Health Organization and the World Bank estimates that more than 1 billion people in the world live with some form of disability, of whom nearly 200 million experience considerable difficulty in their daily lives.
The conference, which is open to the community, features interactive exhibits, poster presentations and panel discussions that showcase projects designed at RIT and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.
Among the numerous exhibits and poster presentations are 3D-printed prostheses for underprivileged populations; a system of interactive modules for children with special needs that provides sensory interaction for educational game development; a self-driving wheelchair using brain wave signals to provide independence for those impacted by stroke or other injuries that prevent the use of a joystick; and devices created by NTID’s Center on Access Technology.
“This conference will provide a forum for examining the past, present and future direction of innovation and collaboration for developing the next generation of devices and systems to meet the needs of our community,” said Dan Phillips, an associate professor in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering
For more information and to register, go to the Effective Access Technology Conference webpage.