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Osmo

Much of the time when we use our iPads, it’s a solitary experience spent hunched over the tablet, eyes glued to the electronic screen. A couple of enthusiastic parents from Stanford and Google wanted to change that for their kids, so they developed Osmo.

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AFB's two new apps

Thanks to the American Foundation for the Blind, there are two new apps currently offered for FREE that you might want to check out.

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graphic of US and research center locations
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What’s more worrisome than receiving a difficult diagnosis? Receiving no diagnosis at all. It’s estimated that 25-30 million Americans suffer from a rare disorder, some going years and decades without knowing exactly what they have or how to treat it.

So the National Institutes of Health stepped up and in 2008 created the Undiagnosed Diseases Program (UDP), an intramural research program designed to help uncover and treat these disorders. Now they’ve gone a step further and created the Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN).

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An accessible playground includes ramps and rubber matting surfaces.
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When the playground in my neighborhood was being redone, the town invited the family of a neighborhood boy with muscular dystrophy to weigh in on the design. And you know what? The newly designed playground not only works for him, but for his siblings and friends as well.

That’s the beauty of making the world accessible to those with disabilities: the accommodations generally benefit everyone.

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Braille beads kit including packets of beads, wire and instruction booklets
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For kids who enjoy arts and crafts, this is a great kit. And it’s a great way to put a positive spin on vision loss by celebrating braille.

The beads are small plastic rectangles with braille on one side and print letters on the other, with holes for threading. There are also image beads including a flower, peace sign, heart and circle.

Children can create personalized art objects while promoting this very important communication vehicle. Plus the activity itself teaches planning, organizing, sorting, and fine motor skills.

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Previously the Iowa Braille School, this program is located in Vinton, Iowa, and provides educational opportunities, resources and support services for Iowa students who are blind or visually impaired.

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Nancy Shugart on stage for her TED talk.

We all have hopes and dreams for our children, and when they are born with seemingly debilitating issues, it can be hard to know what the future will bring. This TEDx Talk will erase some of those fears.

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Toddler using EasySwitch to play a computer game
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HelpKidzLearn is a company that offers games for very young children and those with learning disabilities. Now they’re offering an EasySwitch to make manipulating within those games a little easier.

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