Innovation for Independence

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The Digest: the curated Internet for the visually impaired

Visually impaired people often have problems easily accessing the digital world through a screen.

by mark.holden@are... | 0

Safe Haven / Safe space

Safe Haven / safe space Helping those with special emotional needs, The project recognizes the special requirements of children with conditions such as Autism and ADHD and aims to develop products, which address these needs. For example in the case of autism th

by Julia Tiesteel | 0


PlanHub is a completely new way of enabling a disabled person to link their plans and administration into a single online location and decide who they want to be able to see the information it holds.

by Simon Howard | 1

Saving lives of stroke victims by showing what to do.

After my surprise stroke I learned of the nead for immediate action by people ‘on the scene’ as the first minutes are critical.

by poddy | 0

Smart Glasses

Several of the successors to Google Glass have auto-focus cameras of reasonable resolution. We have developed novel methods to read text in photographs and would apply this in the Smart Glasses project.

by legentisdave | 0

‘Switched On’

‘Switched On’ is a communication bracelet that is swiped over programmed RFID/NFC tags or stickers to activate a voice on a smart phone or similar device. This simple, easy to use audio technology is unique because it is not screen or symbol based.

by Kate Spenceley | 0


COGS represents many people who have learning and other disabilities, very few are able to read or transpose the written word. This is both embarrassing and debilitating.

by COGS-Gardening | 2

Changing Stories

There is a therapeutic approach called Narrative Therapy developed by Michael White in the Dulwich Centre. This involves young people externalising the factors in their lives by telling stories about what has happened to them, but in the guise of different characters.

by Max Zadow | 0

Where do I want to Go

'Where I want to go' aims to offer an educational and practical application (to be used on smart phones or tablets) that helps young people with learning difficulties travel independently.

by Ann Marie | 0

VISOR – Vision Impairment Support: Optical Reader

With so much information in our world displayed in printed form, you can imagine the challenge facing a visually impaired (VI) person in accessing services and participating in everyday life.

by Neil Polwart | 0