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2 – Get Inspired.

In this Make:able toolkit, we’ll be broadening your knowledge of assistive technology and 3D printing. Watch the overview video below before browsing through a selection of interviews, stories and example submissions. As you browse through the content, take notes on your observations and findings. Then perform additional online research about your end user’s disability and add them to your notes.


Makers Making Change

Makers Making Change are a Canadian organisation who connect people with disabilities to volunteer makers to build assistive technologies.

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The Earle Baum Center

Earle Baum Center is a nonprofit regional community center in Santa Rosa, California. EBC helps people and families regain confidence, master new skills, contribute to their communities, and engage with technology.

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I CAN Centre

The mission for the I CAN Centre for Assistive Technology is to positively affect, through the use of assistive technology, the lives of people who have disabilities.

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Handprints e-NABLE Scotland

Handprints e-NABLE Scotland is a student-run organisation based at the University of Glasgow. They create 3D printed prosthetics completely free of charge for anyone who has need of one.

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Crutch Cup Holder

This video by Makers Making Change covers Ashley's story and how a product developed at a Makeathon enabled her to carry drinks whilst using her crutches.

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Name Plate

This is the story of Royce, a visually impaired student with a goal of writing his name. The video (produced by Autodesk and Neal McKenzie) is also an excellent example of how audio descriptions can be used to make content more accessible.

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e-NABLE Prosthetics

e-NABLE is a global movement of makers who are using 3D printing to create free 3D printed hands and arms for those who were born missing their fingers or have lost their limbs due to war, natural disaster, accident or illness.

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Powered to Game

Nine gamers joined The Neil Squire Society at Electronic Arts in Burnaby, British Columbia for one of the first gaming tournaments of its kind in North America. One in which all of the participants were gamers with disabilities who used assistive technology to play.

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Microsoft Adaptive Accessories

Introducing the new Microsoft Adaptive Mouse, Microsoft Adaptive Hub, and Microsoft Adaptive Buttons, a highly adaptable, easy-to-use system that lets you configure, 3D print, and customize your own mouse, keyboard inputs, and shortcuts

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Assistive Switch Build Event

As part of an event hosted by Makers Making Change and Microsoft, students from Riverside Secondary worked collaboratively to build a batch of assistive switches for people with disabilities.

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Wii Controller

Timothy had an anoxic brain injury that meant he did not have fine motor control of his fingers. In this Makeathon hosted by Makers Making Change, young people made him a device that allowed him to play his Wii console.

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3D-Printed Dog Wheelchair

DiveDesign worked with Braskem to design this custom 3D-printed wheelchair for Wobbly Hannah! Hannah has a condition called cerebellar hypoplasia that causes her to need assistance to be able to walk.

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Copley's Pill Dispenser

Libby, Opal, Tyler and Drew designed an individual pill dispenser for Steve, who has Parkinson's disease.

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Tactile Chess Board

Shepard, River, Alex, Noah and Henry designed a tactile chess board for their end user Ed Summers, who has visual impairments.

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Girl who is blind reaches to grab a lanyard.

Luti's Learning Board

Joshua, Lilly and Enrique designed a learning device for Luti, a kindergartner who is blind and non-verbal.

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Alexa Switches

Allison, Greyson, Jake and Trinity designed a switch device to help a 13 year old girl with cerebral palsy to control her music.

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Finger Orthoses

Inspired by her own experience with rheumatoid arthritis, Natasha has designed customisable, visually attractive, functional 3D-printed finger/hand orthoses.

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Bicycle Grip Prosthetic

Fab Lab El Paso designed a bicycle grip prosthetic for Juaisca, who was a former swimmer of the national team in Venezuela and a water polo player.

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The Cane Valet

Shri, Eloise, Harry, Luca and Dylan designed a cane stand for Miss Kittel, who recently had knee surgery.

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The Crane Spoon

Agapi, Konstantinos, Melio, Stelios, Nikoleta and Apostolis designed an assistive eating device for Michelle, a young girl with hypotonia.

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Before moving on to the next toolkit, you should have achieved the below objectives.

  1. I can explain (with examples), the opportunities with using 3D printing to make assistive devices.
  2. I can use secondary research methods to gain an initial understanding of my end user’s disability.

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