Google Glass continues to be a source of progress in increasing independence of people with disabilities

“Google Glass” is a technology that’s been increasingly discussed in the community of people with disabilities in recent months. We have featured the new invention here at DisAbility Rights Galaxy, but for our readers who are not aware, Google Glass is a wearable computer designed to look like glasses. As readers will see in this video by the Telegraph in the United Kingdom, the use of Google Glass for people with Parkinson’s disease is currently being explored by the Newcastle University Digital Interaction Group. The hands-free, voice-activated nature of Google Glass makes it more accessible than the average smart phone. Researchers describe the useful features of  the Glass for people with Parkinson’s as the easy contact with family and friends, as well as a reliable safety-net in the event of an emergency.

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Emily Pate is a third-year student at Seattle University interested in Strategic Communications, learning Spanish, and working with non-profits. Her work for Rooted In Rights is focused on discussing current events in the community of people with disabilities. Her experience previous to Rooted In Rights includes writing broadcasts for KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and managing a neighborhood blog in the Seattle community. In addition to work, Emily enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family, and backpacking.