Open Source Assistive Technology

Open Source Assistive Technology (Via – Technology In Academia — Connect @ EDUCAUSE.) I haven’t seen this combination often, and given I work with both Open Source and Assistive Technology, I thought I’d pass it on:

The Open source Assistive Technology Software (OATS) website is a searchable index of assistive technology enabled open source software. They’re just a new site, but they list all sorts of things from addins with Microsoft Windows full open source web browsers.

Warning, they are in beta. But, check out their “browse software based on the need that it meets” section! This is truly awe inspiring. Both Open Source and Assistive Technology give me such hope for humankind. Seeing their intersection, doubly so.

Assistive Technology Institute: A Voice Activated Game Controller

At the Assistive Technology Institute a week ago, I heard one of the presenters talk about a voice activated video game controller… I even caught a glance of him demonstrating it by making sound effects with his mouth to shoot his weapon. (I was an organizer so wasn’t attending sessions.) I haven’t been able to follow up on this (or find an example online), but what a great marriage of two of the topics on this blog, assistive technology and games in education. Oh, the potential!