Assistive Technology on the YouTube

YouTube videos can be a great way to lose track of an afternoon, but they can also be a fantastic source of information for all things assistive technology.

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Of course there's the UATP channel where you can find archived webinars on a variety of AT topics, presented by field professionals: UATP YouTube Channel.

And here are some of our other favorite YouTube channels for AT information:

  • Assistive Technology Center: Watch stories of people successfully using all kind of assistive technology. Good source for an overview of available AT.
  • Family Center on Technology and Disability: The 'AT in Action' series shows school-aged children using AT to make school and home life more accessible. Good source for teachers and parents.
  • INDATA Project: The Indiana AT Program offers short demos and introductions to many kinds of AT devices.
  • ICATER UIowa: The Iowa AT Program channel is the holy grail of app demos and reviews. 
  • LIW Accessible Productions: Channel of the DATT show (Disability and Assistive Technology Today) hosted by wheelchair user and AT enthusiast Jeremy Murray. 
What are your favorite YouTube channels for getting the scoop on assistive technology? Share it with us so we can pass it on! Tweet us @utahATprogram or email us at utahatp@gmail.com. 

In the news: UATP director talks 25 years of the ADA

In case you missed these informative pieces from UATP director Sachin Pavithran regarding the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, here they are archived online:
UATP director, Sachin Pavithran
UATP director, Sachin Pavithran

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Utah Public Radio, Aug. 11: Access Utah: 25 Years of the ADA

Salt Lake Tribune, Aug. 8: Op-Ed: Today's Congress lacks the resolve that created the Americans with Disabilities Act




Accessibility survey participants needed

A study determining accessibility of accomodations in facilities is being conducted by the College at Brockport of the State University of New York. 

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Dr. Lauren Lieberman and Dr. Ozkan Tutuncu from the Department of Kinesiology, Sport Studies, and Physical Education are conducting a study to determine the accessibility of accommodation facilities with the life experiences of people with disabilities. 

They are ready to send the questionnaire out to people with disabilities, their families and traveling companions. It should take about 10 minutes to complete the questionnaire. Results are expected to help improve the accessibility of tourism facilities.

The survey can be accessed at http://www.gumus.com/survey/

After the ADA: Poverty for people with disabilities still a problem

There is no question after 25 years, that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has helped people with disabilities have better access to employment and education. 
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However, poverty is still linked with disability in America. From bureaucratic barriers to transportation barriers to social barriers, obtaining employment and maintaining a base of financial savings for people with a disability is difficult to say the least.

Former football player Emeka Nnaka of Oklahoma tells NPR (full story below) that before he had an adapted van, he used to spend three hours a day in transit to get to work.

There is an estimated employment rate in Utah for adults aged 21 to 64 with a disability of 42.2 percent. This is in contrast to 77.5 percent among people without a disability in Utah.

There are multiple ways to combat unemployment for people with disabilities, and one of them is providing access to adaptive technology like Nnaka's van. Accessibility to transportation, communication devices, computers and more, break down many barriers and increase independence of people with disabilities. 

The Utah Assistive Technology Foundation helps people with disabilities get the technology they need with a loan and grant program. So far this year, UATF has provided 62 grants to Utahans with disabilities to purchases devices ranging from hearing aids to iPads. 

UATF is working to increase funds available for these grants, and contributions can be made to the fundraising campaign through Razoo. All donations support the UATF grant program, helping make Utahans with disabilities independent. 

Get Utah Moving: The Power of a Small Grant

What can $400, a toy car and dedicated professionals accomplish? Just watch this test drive to find out!




Utah toddler, Trinity, was struggling to interact with her environment because of a disability. But with the plans for a Go Baby Go car, the Utah Center for Assistive Technology helped Trinity get moving. 

Go Baby Go is a project developed to get kids with disabilities moving and interacting with their environment. Trained professionals modify toy cars to be accessible for children with limited movement so they can drive the car themselves. This allows them to increase exploration, social and motor skills. 

To help Trinity's family with the purchase of the car and needed parts, the Utah Assistive Technology Foundation provided a small grant. These $400 grants are used by Utahns with disabilities of all ages to purchase technology, like the Go Baby Go car, to help them be more independent and have a higher quality of life.

You can help Utahns like Trinity get moving by donating to the UATF online fundraiser, supported by Paralympian Muffy Davis. Simply visit our Razoo webpage to donate and learn more. Your support does make a difference!

Happy 25th Anniversary ADA! Disability in Utah today

Twenty-five years ago, on July 26, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law, the good changes it has brought about are undeniable. But Utah has some room to improve disability rights.

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One of those changes has been shining a light on what it means to live with a disability in the U.S. According to the Census Bureau, about 56.7 million people — 19 percent of the population — had a disability in 2010, according to a broad definition of disability, with more than half of them reporting the disability was severe.

And while changes to access to technology, accessible environments, employment discrimination law, and other things have improved lives of Americans with disabilities, equality is still yet to be achieved. 

Adults age 21 to 64 with disabilities in the U.S. had median monthly earnings of $1,961 compared with $2,724 for those with no disability, according to the 2010 report.

How does the Beehive state stack up? In Utah, 16.5 percent of adults aged 21 to 64 with a disability had a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 30 percent of people without a disability (according to Cornell University’s Disability Statistics 2013).

There is an estimated employment rate in Utah for adults aged 21 to 64 with a disability of 42.2 percent. This is in contrast to 77.5 percent among people without a disability in Utah.

Better access to employment and services, increasing the public's understanding about living with a disability, and continued work with law makers are ways to improve these numbers. Because at the end of the day, these are family, friends, community members and people - not just numbers. 

Finishing what was started 25 years ago is possible. What will you do to help?

UATP director & Access Board Chair attends Whitehouse ADA 25 celebration


Sachin Pavithran (left) with Vice President Joe Biden.
Sachin Pavithran (left) with Vice President Joe Biden.

Pres. Obama Monday during a speech commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the ADA.
Pres. Obama Monday during a speech commemorating
the 25th Anniversary of the ADA.

Sachin Pavithran at the Whitehouse Monday.
Sachin Pavithran at the Whitehouse Monday.

The 'fight isn't over' Pres. Obama said Monday during a commemorative speech for the upcoming 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

UATP director and U.S. Access Board Chair Sachin Pavithran attended the event at the Whitehouse. Read more about the speech on Disability Scoop.