Friday, April 11, 2008

Independence...

"bold, italicized, underlined and Capitalized." Those are Todd Stabelfeldt's remarkable words. I don't know Todd, but I certainly respect and appreciate his drive, ambition, and example. How many times have I heard from someone, "I am sorry," when they first learn that I use a wheelchair to navigate life. Often, my first response is, "Don't be sorry, I lead a very full and wonderful life." Society too often treats those living with a disability as persons who deserve/need pity; far from it. If you doubt what I say, pay closer attention to the language used to describe persons living with a disability. "He is confined to a wheelchair." "She suffers from paralysis." "They overcome their disabilities."

Okay, off the soapbox! Take time to read Todd Stabelfeldt's story. Be inspired. Use technology to make yourself more independent.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Robots here we come!

Okay, space exploration and going to the moon gave us Tang (the orange juice substitute that I never liked, but my mom always bought), but now I am reading that defense research is slated to help the disabled? I guess that makes sense; however, maybe if the human race decided that wars were not a smart answer to our conflicts, we'd have a lot fewer persons forced to live life with missing limbs, body parts and function. That aside, back to the focus of my entry today.

It seems the Japanese will will now begin budgeting for research on using defense technologies to solve problems of persons living with a disability.
Among devices envisioned by the ministry is a device for helping people with weakened muscles walk by making use of the application of robot-related technology, sources told The Yomiuri Shimbun.
Wow, what times we live in. Read the full article.