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Acadia University Students to Build Assistive Devices called LipSyncs for People with Disabilities

  • Published: 2018-01-30 (Revised/Updated 2018-02-07) : Press Release by Neil Squire Society Makers Making Change.
  • Synopsis: Neil Squire Society's Makers Making Change is holding the Acadia LipSync Buildathon in Wolfville, Nova Scotia on February 1st, 2018.

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Quote: "LipSync Buildathons are an opportunity for people to build LipSyncs, and to apply their knowledge and skills to address the real world need of persons with disabilities."

Neil Squire Society's Makers Making Change is holding the Acadia LipSync Buildathon in Wolfville, Nova Scotia on February 1st, 2018.

At the Buildathon, approximately twenty Acadia University students will come together to build mouth-operated assistive devices for people with disabilities called LipSyncs as part of Accessibility Week at the university.

The LipSync enables a person who has no use of their hands to use a touchscreen device, laptop or computer.

The LipSync is a mouth operated joystick that allows a user to control an onscreen cursor with minimal head and neck movement. An open-source hardware project funded by Google.org, the Vancouver Foundation, and the Government of Canada, it uses 3D printed parts, an Arduino Micro board, and other common parts that can be soldered to a circuit board and built in a day.

At the event, teams will be supplied with tools, components, parts and instructions, and will work together to assemble, solder, 3D print components, transfer the code onto an Arduino board, and mount the device to a wheelchair.

They will be supported throughout the buildathon by the LipSync creators, Neil Squire Society's Makers Making Change.

LipSync Buildathons are an opportunity for people to build LipSyncs, and to apply their knowledge and skills to address the real world need of persons with disabilities.

The goal of LipSync Buildathons is for a person with a disability to leave the event with a working LipSync, giving them the opportunity to independently use technology.

Makers Making Change has hosted LipSync Buildathons across Canada and the United States, having produced over 300 LipSyncs ready for use by people with disabilities.

Video Clip: LipSync Assistive Tech - Makers Making Change

About This Video: ATW Vancouver’s Grant Hardy learns more about Makers Making Change LipSync, an exciting assistive technology initiative, and the amazing people working behind the scenes to make it happen. (Neil Squire Society)

For more details on the buildathon, please visit the Eventbrite page. Watch AMI's feature on Neil Squire Society Buildathons.

Learn More About Neil Squire Society and Makers Making Change

Neil Squire Society - "We use Technology, Knowledge, and Passion to Empower Canadians with Disabilities." The Neil Squire Society is the only national not-for-profit organization in Canada that has for over thirty years empowered Canadians with disabilities through the use of computer-based assistive technologies, research and development, and various employment programs. Through our work, we help our clients remove barriers so that they can live independent lives and become active members of the workplace and our society. Specializing in education and workplace empowerment, the Society has served over 40,000 people since 1984.

Makers Making Change - An initiative by the Neil Squire Society. It connects Makers to people with disabilities, to create access solutions. It also features a library of various open-source assistive technology projects, with parts, instructions and reviews to support makers and people with disabilities. Their first major project is the LipSync.

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