Website helps disabled navigate gadget world

AbledBody is a consumer tech-focused site bringing news of trends and gadgets that can aid the disabled at work and home.
The site, which officially launched last year, covers not just hardware and software of interest to the disabled community, but also information on how the disabled can make general gear more accessible.

Editor in chief Suzanne Robitaille, lost her hearing at the age of four year old due to meningitis and now has a cochlear implant.

She has covered disability topics for The Wall Street Journal and is the author of a book, “The Illustrated Guide to Assistive Technology.”

Other stories that have appeared on AbledBody covered a new touch technique that lets blind consumers use smartphones; Bookshare rebuilding its talking books library; and a new Apple iPhone app that manages diabetes.

The site isn’t just about informing the disabled about their options, but also about the growing disability market. Many companies make their money on health care products, and disabilities are a big part of that.

AbledBody tracks the innovations from both sides, which is interesting. It’s a new site, but definitely one we’ll be keeping an eye on.

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