New York gym, disabled, frustrated people with disabilities and an idea how to help them. In the face of lack of social acceptance, continuous non-adjustment of everyday objects, insufficient understanding of the needs of disabled people and kind of powerlessness that meets them every day Donahue Fields (American, 36 years old) decided to start a unique program aimed at learning and training the box for wheelchair users. This amazing initiative is a real helping hand and an attempt to change the mindset of the participants. Proving them that they do not have to be totally powerless and that they are really able to learn self-defense is one of the main assumptions of the program. Nobody wants to be defined on the basis of appearance, condition or disability - the wheelchair box is also an attempt to reverse this unhealthy trend, which often happens in people's minds. We know not from today that people with disabilities often have mental problems that have a tragic effect on their well-being and, above all, their self-esteem.
| Source: nytimes.com
Ikea for everyone
Ikea for everyone. Łódź Ikea has decided to implement a new project that will facilitate shopping for people with disabilities, especially deaf people or with hearing impairments. Two female employees - Patrycja Matusiak and Wiktoria Rock, students of speech therapy, have come up with an idea that will revolutionize the store. Both ladies work on a daily basis with people with hearing impairments, disabled people and the elderly. They decided to use their experience to increase accessibility in Lodz Ikea. One of the pillars of the project is learning sign language, which has been undertaken so far by 15 people. They are easy to spot while shopping, because in addition to the standard identifier, they wear badges with the words: "I hear but I can use sign language". Another good change is the launch of mobile online sign language translation systems, as well as the introduction of yellow lines on the store floors that are to set shopping paths. Large changes have also occurred in the restaurant, where a zone with a special table setting has appeared, which will facilitate the use of wheelchair users.
| Source: rp.pl
Polish Boccia Champions
We are very pleased to announce that yesterday at BISFed 2019 Montreal Boccia World Open our representatives Damian Iskrzycki and Edyta Owczarz won the gold medal in couples BC3 category! Damian Iskrzycki has been a member of the national team since 2015, as well as a two-time Polish champion and a runner up in Europe. Boccia - for many people probably sounds a bit mysterious, however it is a very popular, dynamically developing paralympic discipline, which since 1992 has permanently entered the Olympic menu. The rules are simple: the ball can be introduced in any way, the player's body does not have to be in any particular position (full freedom), the ball can be introduced with the help of an assistant who receives the instructions from the player. The game takes place on a special pitch with dimensions of 12.5 m x 6 m. Balls are made of natural leather and come in 3 colors: blue and red (for players of two teams each) and white (so-called Jack - one ball during the match ).
| Source: nasimistrzowie.pl
Freddie with "hero's arm"
Open Bionics - an innovative startup based in Bristol (southern England) created a bionic prosthesis for an 8-year-old boy born without a hand. In this way Freddie Payne became the youngest owner of the bionic "hero's arm" in the world and for the first time in his life he could eat his favorite burger without mother's help. As a very active child, Freddie has been struggling with his disability, and the limitations caused by the lack of a hand made him unhappy and driven him into complexes. The boy's parents decided to do everything so that their son could spend his childhood in a completely normal and unlimited way. Sue (Freddie's mom) heard for the first time about Open Bionics by watching a reportage about 12-year-old Tilly Lockey, who is the company's ambassador. Then came the hope that the startup from Bristol would agree to work with her son despite such a young age. Engineers from Open Bionics describe the "arm of the hero" as the world's first clinically approved bionic prosthesis printed in 3D technology.
| Source: mirror.co.uk
Implant which reads in people's minds
Implant which reads in people's minds. Another news, sounding just like a fragment of a screenplay from a since-fiction movie! A team of scientists from San Francisco (California) has developed an implant that converts thoughts into speech. The fascinating project is intended to help people who, as a result of various circumstances, struggle with speech loss. Initial research is very promising, now briefly on how it works. In the first stage, an electrode is inserted into the brain, receiving electrical signals from the muscles that move, among others, lips, tongue and jaw. The algorithm then processes the data from the sound simulation electrode. The result is nothing more than a synthetic speech, which, as the scientists themselves say, "comes out of the virtual voice route". Artificial speech is not perfect and is further refined. Successively carried out tests indicate that, nevertheless, around 70% of the people are able to understand exactly what is going on in the sentences. Refining this device could help a lot of people.