Leading Edge Resources: Leaps in Technology and Access to Information
Thoughts into Action. The BrainGate™ Neural Interface System is currently the subject of a pilot clinical trial being conducted under an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) from the FDA. The system is designed to allow people with severe motor impairments to quickly and reliably control a wide range of devices using their thoughts. It is expected that people using the BrainGate™ System will employ a personal computer as the gateway to a range of self-directed activities. These activities may extend beyond typical computer functions (e.g., communication) to include the control of objects in the environment such as medical devices, a telephone, a television and lights. The development of BrainGate is patterned after the development of successful long- term implantable devices for the treatment of Parkinson's disease and epilepsy and for the restoration of hearing in the profoundly deaf. These neurotechnology devices are now used by over 100,000 people in the United States. http://braingate2.org
There are countless resource directories and centers related to assistive and accessible technology. One example is the Disability Resource Directory's site on assistive technology. http://disability-resource.com/assist.html
The Assistive Technology Literature Database is designed to provide a comprehensive, searchable bibliography summarizing research on cognitive technologies utilized by persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This database is a collaboration between the Coleman Institute and the University of Minnesota Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living, which is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), U.S. Department of Education. http://www.colemaninstitute.org/database.php The Coleman Institute's mission is to catalyze and integrate advances in science, engineering and technology to promote the quality of life and independent living of people with cognitive disabilities.