Tagged: Disability

Offering sympathies for disabilities - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Nov 12, 2017

Short version: don’t. Be a wee bit careful about empathy, too. Why to not offer sympathies for disabilities is worth knowing. It’ll help you be kind to others in many situations, and to write or talk about disabilities and difficulties better. There’s a connection with science and science communication, too. A mantra about kindness that circulates in science communication and … Read More

Health and science stars shine for Matariki Awards - Mātau Taiao

Laura Goodall Jun 08, 2016

Talented Māori professionals behind Indigenous disabilities research, space flight and a fitness-focused health initiative are finalists for the 2016 Matariki Awards. The inaugural annual event, which celebrates extraordinary Māori talent across a broad range of fields and industries, is presented by Māori Television and Te Puni Kōkiri and pays homage to the seven stars of Matariki with seven award categories. One is the Te … Read More

Structured Procrastination, 17-Jan-2013 (Science should end, etc.) - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jan 18, 2013

(A handful of stories for readers to try.) Science should end. In a follow-on from #overlyhonestmethods (overly honest methods), there is Scientists conclude: ‘No further research is needed’. Teaser: ‘A new paper published in Science has concluded that no further research is needed. The announcement, made in the discussion section of the paper, comes as shock … Read More

Calling for submissions: Disability Awareness and the Disabled in the Science Community - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jul 30, 2012

Update: I’m pushing back the date of the disability carnival. More news on this later, but notice this means you’ve still got time to contribute! Code for life is to host the August edition of the Diversity in Science Blog Carnival, with the theme Disability Awareness and Disabled Workers in the Science Community. Read More

Rex and The Wrong Trousers – uncanny resemblance? - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jul 29, 2010

Rex: (Source: Rex Bionics publicity material.) The Wrong Trousers: (© Aardman / Wallace & Gromit Ltd 1993. Used with permission.)Now, imagine if someone fiddled with Rex, added wireless remote control and …* Footnotes * For the confused Rex is a recently-announced assistive device for paraplegics and The Wrong Trousers is a Aardman / Wallace and Gromit … Read More

iPads for the disabled - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Apr 19, 2010

The touch interface of the iPad opens opportunities for affordable assistive devices for some disabled people. In a funny way it’s appropriate following my recent posting of a video of a cat interacting with their owner’s iPad. If a cat can interact with the device, so could some disabled children. In the video below, a … Read More

The inheritance of face recognition (should you blame your parents if you can't recognise faces?) - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Mar 03, 2010

You’d think that recognising faces is one of those things that we all do well, or at least the vast majority of us do, yet in practice our ability to do this varies. Recent twin studies present evidence that face recognition is heritable and is a distinct cognitive task in it’s own … Read More

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