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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A verbal assistant to help with autism

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Pollexy is a special needs verbal assistant that lets caretakers schedule audio task prompts and messages both on a recurring schedule and/or on-demand. Caretakers can schedule regular medicine reminder messages or hourly bathroom break messages, for example, and at the same time use their Amazon Echo and mobile device to request a specific message be played immediately. Caretakers can even set it up so that the person needs to confirm that they’ve heard the message. https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/pollexy-building-a-special-needs-voice-assistant-with-amazon-polly-and-raspberry-pi/

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My Disability Matters Club – Online Social Community For The Disability Sector

My Disability Matters Club – Online Social Community For The Disability Sector

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A disability-led theatre company

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Raspberry Ripple is a Disability Led theatre company aiming to create compelling theatre of a professional standard using disabled and mainstream performers, writers, directors, designers and technical artists as well as a pathway into the mainstream performing arts for disabled performers. https://pozible.com/project/launch-raspberry-ripple-productions

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Young people sharing mental health issues

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Despite 1 in 4 young people suffering a mental health issue by the end of adolescence, mental health issues are not openly discussed and remain the ‘elephant in the room’. Batyr is a national organisation that provides young people as speakers to talk about mental issues they faced and encourage others to find solutions. The Funding Network and Macquarie have recently supported their cause. You can as well by buying these socks from their website. http://www.batyr.com.au/

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A way for blind people to see

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In a world-first, surgeons have implanted a visual stimulator chip in the brain of a 30-year-old woman. The patient, who has been totally blind for seven years, saw coloured flashes, lines and spots when signals were sent to her brain from a computer. Her doctors are now planning to send footage from a tiny video camera to the brain, which could provide the world’s first bionic eye and restore sight to millions. The technology bypasses the eyes, meaning it has the potential to restore sight even to those who have lost an eye or become blinded by cancer. http://www.brecorder.com/arts-a-leisure/arts/325793-worlds-first-bionic-eye-to-give-blind-chance-of-seeing-again.html

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Australia’s new notes help vision impaired and curb forgery

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Starting with the $5 note this year, Australia’s Reserve Bank is releasing new notes which are a world first. Most noticeably they have a clear vertical strip down the middle, which houses various security features that become visible when the note is tilted. They also include a “tactile” feature, so people who are blind or vision-impaired can distinguish between different denominations.

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