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The ‘Impact Challenge’

A total of $20 million will be offered to nonprofit organizations with projects that increase independence of persons with disabilities (PWDs)!

The grants will be donated by the Google.org. The first will amount to $600,000 for the Enable Community Foundation, a global community that has started from giving a prosthetic hand device to a small child in South Africa. With the money, e-NABLE will be able to give 3D-printed, upper-limb prosthetics to more PWDs!

The second, on the other hand, will be $500,000 for the World Wide Hearing, a non-profit organization that provides affordable hearing aids to PWDs—particularly the children and youth—in developing countries. It plans to use a low-cost smartphone tool to diagnose hearing loss in low-income communities around the world.

It is not the first time Google has involved itself in charitable projects aimed to develop technology for PWDs. Recently, it has invented “Liftware” utensils and other eating and kitchen devices for PWDs with tremors or Parkinson’s. It has also composed an accessibility engineering team that designed a Chrome extension to improve the online experience of people who are color-blind; and another one to disable animation.

“Historically, people living with disabilities have relied on technologies that were often bulky, expensive, and limited to assisting with one or two specific tasks. But that’s beginning to change,” ~ Jacquelline Fuller

Video taken from the YouTube Channel of Google UK

Asperger Syndrome

Asperger syndrome is a psychological condition characterized by obsessive and rigid behavior, poor communication skills, clumsiness, and a lack of empathy and reciprocity. State-funded outreach workers asserted that the condition had ‘exploded’ in Silicon Valley over the past 20 years and common among start-up founders of Internet companies. There is no clear consensus about it till today, however; it could just be a mild form of autism, a developmental disorder characterized by severe deficits in social interaction and communication.

Although it could last a lifetime, Asperger syndrome has no cure. But there is an ideal treatment plan: improve the social skills of the patients as well as their behavior management. There is the OASIS @ MAAP: The Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support Center where one can learn about this condition.

Also, while those with Asperger’s may be especially interested in video games, computers, or other screen-based media such as TV, it is advised to keep them out of their bedroom so that they wouldn’t be likely to sleep fewer hours and develop worse symptoms.

Those with Asperger’s would have poor handwriting. Make homework easier by typing schoolwork. Short videos of social stories available as apps for iPod Touch, iPads and smartphones can help those with Asperger’s navigate through social situations such as in how to carry on a conversation, how to compliment someone, how to resolve conflict, how to respect other people’s boundaries and other common social situations. Extant empirical literature also suggests that assistive technology—the iPad, for one—is an effective method of improving the emotional recognition of those with Asperger’s. These devices allow a close-to-real-life practice of turn taking, greetings, salutations, and eye contact.

“A person with autism lives in his own world, while a person with Asperger’s lives in our world, in a way of his own choosing.” ~Nicholas Sparks

Video taken from the YouTube Channel of The National Center for Learning Disabilities