News from the PNP
September is Spinal Cord Injury/Disease Awareness Month!
Commit yourself to creating awareness and educating your family, friends, and community around prevention, and the effects of spinal cord injury/disease.
Advocate for resources and get involved with organizations that assist those with spinal cord injuries/disease, and other disabilities.
Perspectives in Assistive Technology prepares for its 13th year
David Jaffe, who teaches “Perspectives in Assistive Technology” at Stanford University, is soliciting student project ideas from the community for the course starting this January. The course teaches students about the needs of the disabled community, and about how to take an identified need and solve it with a new invention. Each year, the course starts off with a number of project suggestions, presented by other students, health care professionals, members of the disabled community, as well as friends and family members. To read more about how you can contribute to this wonderful program, check out the official class web site at: http://engr110.stanford.edu/
Introducing the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors
The Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors (BAADS) seeks to make all aspects of sailing accessible. To fulfill this mission, they offer weekly small boat sailing, keelboat sailing, and Veterans sailing out of South Beach Marina, adjacent to AT&T Park. In addition to their weekly sailing programs, BAADS hosts and participates in a variety of regattas and informal races both locally and internationally. To find out about racing opportunities, visit their race page. To learn more about how you can participate, read more about BAADS at http://www.baads.org/
Free information and support from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
Whether you are newly injured or a long time SCI survivor, this guide has something for you.
The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation has created a free comprehensive guide that is an essential tool for everyone living with or impacted by paralysis.
You can download copies to your phone, tablet, e-reader or computer, and you can request hard copies be shipped to you. The Paralysis Resource Guide third edition is currently available in print – English or Spanish. Click here to download your own copy.
How to Hear (and delete) Google Home and Amazon Alexa Recordings
The invention of voice controlled assistants has been a boon to the disabled, allowing us to independently control our environment through voice commands. Some people are reluctant to embrace this technology because of privacy issues. The main privacy issue is that these devices sometimes hear and record a lot more than we think. They can record every sound in their proximity, including private discussions about your health and the voices of your children or grandchildren playing nearby. The idea of some unknown person at one of these companies listening to you and your family can be creepy at best.
Now there is a way to hear what’s been recorded by these devices and you can even delete any recordings that have been saved on the Google and Amazon servers. Here’s how to do that:
Google Home: https://pattnet.us/2wW3NEY
Amazon Alexa: https://pattnet.us/2wPI4PS