Do-it-yourself lab lets people repair their own prosthesisby Beatrice Credi - 2017.04.20
3D printers, a kit for welding, electronic repairs and hands fit for the Terminator. We are in Rennes, France, at Humanlab, a laboratory where all of the individuals present learn to repair, modify, or improve their prostheses by themselves. After having had his forearm amputated in 2002, due to a work accident, Nicolas Huchet, 33, came up with this idea, inspired by the so-called fablabs (digital labs open to the public). But, here, engineering and computer skills are dedicated entirely to the disability. Without overlooking or changing the collaborative aspect of the project. In which the “do-it-yourself” approach is managed by experts and professionals who make their know-how in their given field available to the community. Contributing in this way, to making pieces that are always personalized, innovative and low-cost.
An antibody provides new therapy for macular degeneration
For the first time a new therapy has demonstrated success with significantly slowing the progression of macular degeneration. A serious pathology that is the principle cause of blindness in the over-60 population for five million people throughout the world. According to the results of a clinical study published in Science Read More.
Parents with disabled children launch “crossed feet” campaign
“Crossed Feet” (Pieds croisés). This is the name of a new movement founded by French parents who have children with disabilities. Founded in June, 2017, the group launched a petition regarding the difficulties in the workplace for parents who have to take care of a child with a handicap: from Read More.
Summer stays for deaf-blind people
Guided tours, didactic farms, artisan workshops, games, sea and mountain walks. These are just some of the activities carried out during the summer stays organized in Italy by the Golden Wire League (Lega del Filo d’Oro) and dedicated to deaf-blind and multiple psychosensory impaired people. This is an opportunity for Read More.
Italian high school seniors with dyslexia have support for state exam
Many students with learning disabilities are among the high school seniors across Italy taking the end-of-high-school state exam. Of the approximately 505, 263 students taking the exam, 187,000 have been diagnosed with one or several learning difficulties: dyslexia, dysgraphia, dysorthographia and dyscalculia. Which are learning difficulties that are identified during Read More.
When one can hear too much
Difficult to diagnose, relatively unknown, and often ignored. Hyperacusia, often referred to simply as the illness that makes you “hear too much” is, actually, more common than people think. An outspoken, revealing book recently published in France by Caroline Rémond has begun to shed some light on the pathology. The Read More.
His illness helped him become a musical prodigy
An incurable lung disease kept him from becoming the best french horn players in the UK. Ben Goldscheider, 19 years old, recently played Mozart in front of a public of 5,000, at London’s famous Royal Albert Hall. Despite his respiratory illness, he was able to display an enormous talent at Read More.