Grocery Chain Trialing ‘Quiet Hour’ for Autistic Shoppers

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For individuals on the autism spectrum, the bright lights and loud sounds of a busy supermarket can cause sensory overload. In response to customer feedback, Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) in partnership with Coles, has rolled out “Quiet Hour” in 68 supermarket stores today to make the shopping experience a little easier. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-21/coles-rolls-out-quiet-hour-to-help-shoppers-with-autism/9176272

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Really Well Designed Water Refill Station

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OK, most of us have seen something like this before – but what made me really wag my tail about this one is that it is multi-functional, serving as a bubbler, bottle refill station and dog bowl at the base; has a simple, robust construction; and it is *wheelchair accessible* http://www.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/yourcouncil/mediareleases/counciltotrialwaterrefillstations

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Pour It Forward – Coffee Shop Only Hires People With Disabilities

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Bitty & Beau’s Coffee in Wilmington, NC (USA) is known for its warmth. At the heart of the shop’s popularity is its unique staff: Almost everyone who works there has an intellectual or developmental disability, ranging from Down syndrome to autism to cerebral palsy. For many employees, it’s their first job, and their joy fills the air. Nearly 70% of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities do not have jobs, these folks resolved to do something about it. https://www.bittyandbeauscoffee.com/  

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‘Muru View’ – Mapping of Places to Aboriginal Names on Google Maps

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Still in the Beta stage – but *very* cool! 🙂 Muru View (Muru – meaning path in Darug) is an interactive data visualisation drawing from the State Library of New South Wales Indigenous language collections. The data used in the interactive is over 120 years old, and is drawn from the survey forms collected by the Royal Anthropological Society of Australasia. Muru View dynamically uses data to display locations around New South Wales incorporating their Indigenous name and meaning that were recorded at that time, all using the Google Maps API in a way never done before. The result is an interactive online experience and a projected installation at the State Library of New South Wales itself coinciding with NAIDOC week 2017 in the first week of July. http://dxlab.sl.nsw.gov.au/making-muruview/

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Short Story Vending Machine

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These inventive vending machines have been popping up around France. Instead of dispensing sweet treats or sugary drinks, however, these kiosks distribute short stories! Sleek in design and minimal in effort, each vending machine offers an appealing way for commuters and customers to kill time. To use the innovative inventions, simply choose your desired reading time: 1 minute, 3 minutes, or 5 minutes. Then, the machine will surprise you with a randomly-selected short story to occupy your time and make waiting around a bit more bearable—if at least for a couple of minutes. 🙂  http://short-edition.com/en/  

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Smart Contact Lenses for Diabetics

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Diabetes NSW and ACT are testing a a glucose-sensing contact lens – a non-invasive way to monitor glucose from tears. Glucose levels in tears are five to ten times less concentrated than those found in blood, requiring more sensitive detection. However, based on the prototype, the lenses are expected to generate a reading once per second and to not need calibration. http://diabetesnsw.com.au/smart-contact-lens-to-provide-glucose-readings/

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Umbrella Cup Holder

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For those of us multi-taskers…It’s essentially a cup holder that attaches to the handle of your umbrella. It’s got a gimbal mechanism to ensure that your cups always stay level and don’t spill. That way, you can carry your drink (and even an extra one!) while holding your umbrella with one hand and whatever else you need to carry in the other. 😀 https://technabob.com/blog/2014/03/24/morella-umbrella-cup-holder/

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The Ready Glove

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The Ready Glove is a disposable ambidextrous medical glove with a convenient list of basic vital signs printed on its outer surface. This allows first responders (like me, Rural Fire Brigade medic) the opportunity to record a baseline set of vitals without having to find a notebook; and I can keep referring to it during patient care without having to consult said notebook.

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