How to stabilize the wheelchair while working out at the Fitness Facility?

June 23, 2011

Use of fitness equipment is important to individuals of all abilities. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, reasonable accommodation must be made to enable users of all abilities to access any equipment in a fitness facility. However, certain precautions must be made by individuals using mobility devices in order to prevent instability and loading hazards. […]

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Using Color Contrast to Enhance Fitness Equipment Accessibility

May 23, 2011

The US Access Board’s ADAAG guidelines specify rules and recommendations in order to make facilities more accessible to people of all abilities.  One such guideline for signage specifies that there be 70% contrast between characters and their background in order to make them readable for people with vision impairments. Applying the principle of these guidelines […]

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A Step-Up for Healthy Exercise

May 18, 2011

For some, using an elliptical trainer is a difficult task. Most elliptical machines are built for people of average height, allowing them to easily reach handle-bars and push pedals forward without unnecessary strain. But for a Chicago resident with cerebral palsy and a height of X, trying to reach the handle bars and push the […]

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Virtual Games Help Stroke Patients Recover!

May 12, 2011

A study of 12 programs in which people recovering from stoke were provided with home-based electronic games designed to increase upper arm strength and mobility show that virtual reality games (such as those offered by Wii and Playstation) are useful tools to increase motivation for exercise, motor improvement and motor recovery after a stroke. Read […]

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Student-developed eye-tracking tablet to help people with disabilities

May 11, 2011

  It’s often said the eye is the window to the soul.  But in this case, the eye is the window to Windows.  At least, that was the goal when EyeTech Digital Systems enlisted the help of some BYU engineering students in creating an all-in-one eye-tracking system. The idea behind the project was to create […]

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