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Inexpensive technology for overcoming hearing, speech and visual difficulties. Free tutorials and online programs.

Affordable, Accessible Cell Phone Plans

"Accessibility has to do with price, and if the technology is not affordable then it really isn't accessible," said Executive Director Steve O'Keefe during the October 19 broadcast of SML Live! by Staunton Media Lab. Steve was talking about cell phone plans that would fit particularly well the budget of a family with kids who also need a phone.

"One of the things people complain about most is the cost of cell phones and cell phone plans, particular for children and the underage," Steve said. "It can add up if you have a large family."

The April 2016 Consumer Reports noted:

"The Big Four carriers' shell-game-like pricing practices have become so convoluted, you need an accounting degree to decipher them. They continually shift prices up or down according to the number of phone lines you need and the amount of data you're purchasing. They further complicate matters with 'special' short-term offers to lure customers from rivals."

The deals, the article points out, have a short life span and "often vaporize when a customer buys a new phone or makes other changes." Still, comparison-shopping, perhaps due to the sheer number of options, has become a "tiny bit less onerous."

Staunton Media Lab Named DBVI Business of the Year

   From left to right: Cindy Roberts, Coordinator of Workforce Services, DBVI; Coley Evans, Audio Director, SML; Tiffany Sweat, Administrative Assistant, DBVI; Steve O'Keefe, Executive Director, SML

 

Staunton Media Lab Named DBVI Business of the Year

Coley Evans, SML Audio Director, Named Employee of the Year

Statewide Recognition for Employing the Blind and Vision Impaired

For Immediate Release
Monday, October 10, 2016

The Staunton Media Lab, a media arts program for the deaf, blind and uniquely able, was named DBVI Business of the Year at a ceremony in Richmond on October 5th at the Azalea Avenue campus of the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI).

Book Review - Inside Deaf Culture by Carol Padden and Tom Humphries

Inside Deaf Culture Book Cover

Inside Deaf Culture

@2005 by Carol Padden & Tom Humphries

First Harvard University paperback edition 2006

Reviewed by Steve O'Keefe

Is being deaf being defective?

The obvious answer is no. A lack of hearing is not a disability. A lack of hearing in a culture defined by people who can hear is a hardship, not a disability. The loss of one's hearing can lead to disability. It can also lead to a blissful discovery of a world without sound and kinship with others who successfully navigate the silent life.

The Role of 3D Printing in Assistive Tech

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The possibilities in 3D-printed assistive technology are growing, mostly due to a few think tanks, effective nonprofits, individuals with a cause and their successful crowdsourcing initiatives; and the fact that the world population is aging rapidly. A lot of this tech benefits people with limited motor function, but also the visually and hearing-impaired, as well as the elderly.

According to one Stanford study, “Exploring Markets for Assistive Technologies for the Elderly,” the world population “will age dramatically by 2050 — a problem especially for Japan, Europe and the U.S. Large elderly populations will place a growing strain on human caregivers as well as health and social systems.”

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