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    'Telerehab' system allows patients to do physiotherapy at home



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    Bringing care, therapy to homes

    ST, 14 May 2017

    At the age of 28, Mr Muhammad Idham Fayumi Ruslan feels trapped by his debilitating illness - he is totally dependent on his parents for his every need.
    He suffers from mucopolysaccharidosis, a metabolic disorder that affects different parts of the body, and his muscles are wasting away. The young man has to use a wheelchair, and his sight and hearing are deteriorating.

    With nothing much he can do to occupy his time at home, the brightest spot in his life is when he goes on outings organised by Awwa to places such as Gardens by the Bay and Science Centre.

    Awwa is a charity serving people with disabilities. Two to three times a week, its staff visit Mr Idham at his home for physiotherapy and other therapy sessions, to prevent his muscles from weakening even more.
    In 2014, the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) piloted home-based care services for people like Mr Idham.


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    Singapore trials its first self-driving wheelchair at Changi General Hospital

    ST, 26 may 2017



    SINGAPORE - The Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (Smart) is making improvements to Singapore's first self-driving wheelchair, after testing it at Changi General Hospital last September.
    The autonomous vehicle (AV) is a collaborative project involving Smart, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the National University of Singapore (NUS).
    Ten researchers worked on the device, which was first conceived about 18 months ago. The team mapped out routes in the hospital for the single autonomous wheelchair to run.
    The wheelchair is able to detect stationary and moving obstacles, and is not programmed to reverse. However, during the 10-hour trial, the team found that the main sensor was not able to detect glass.

    http://www.straitstimes.com/singapor...neral-hospital

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    BCA Universal Design Award winners showcase facilities for less mobile users

    Today, 15 May 2017

    SINGAPORE — Wheelchair-friendly weight machines at the gymnasium, staggered platforms with handrails at the swimming pool, extensive braille indicators, step-free entrances to units and bathrooms.These are just some of the features that won serviced residence Ascott Orchard Singapore and Cairnhill Nine condominium the Universal Design (UD) Mark Platinum award, given out by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA).



    Ascott Orchard Singapore, a 220-unit serviced residence that operates with a hotel licence, and Cairnhill Nine, a 268-unit condominium, make up the integrated development which sits atop a multi-storey carpark and the Al-Falah Mosque on Cairnhill Road.
    It is the only project to win this top award out of the 30 awardees this year, the BCA said on Monday (May 15) during a viewing of two selected projects.

    It is not just wheelchair-users who can benefit from the development’s thoughtful features. Braille indicators are used extensively at navigation points to help the visually challenged find their way, as opposed to being just in elevators, the way it is in most residential areas today.

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    Edit videos - without touching mouse, screen or keyboard

    ST, Jun 8 2017

    Mr Christopher Hills, 21, can edit videos using Apple devices - without touching a screen, mouse or keyboard.

    The Australian, who was born with athetoid cerebral palsy and is quadriplegic, has limited control over his muscles and speech, and involuntary, convoluted movements of his limbs.
    But, he can use his neck muscles and a button on his wheelchair headrest to use Switch Control, an accessibility tool that helps him to type, select, tap and drag items in Apple devices without touching a screen.



    Mr Hills - who started his own video-editing business in 2014 in his home country - and his father Garry, 57, conducted a workshop in Singapore yesterday, to show about a dozen people with physical disabilities how to use Switch Control and other accessibility tools in Apple devices. These tools are already on Apple devices such as iPads and iPhones. The workshop was held at the Enabling Village in Lengkok Bahru. Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim also attended the session.

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