Computer Programming and Electronic Bananas
DIYAbility is excited to announce new Summer weekend workshops for teens with physical disabilities and their siblings to explore the opportunities of accessible tinkering, making things and creative computing.
In this workshop we will cover basic computer programming concepts using MIT’s Scratch application, an easy to learn and use programming environment. Make simple games, animations and musical instruments on the computer. We will also introduce the MakeyMakey, a USB device to create custom physical interfaces from everyday objects. We will think beyond the keyboard and mouse, for example, imagine you have a banana that controls the position of a digital puppet on screen.
Watch this video on what the MakeyMakey is and what you can make with it,
Registration & materials fee
- $80 for one teen for single session or $100 for both sessions.
- $20 for a sibling or friend to join in at a session.
- Includes 1 MakeyMakey and other supplies to keep making things at home.
- Sun. June 15th 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
- Sat. June 29th 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
- Attend one or both sessions.
Holly A Cohen, OTR/L, ATP, SCEM, CDRS
Holly has a bachelor of science in Occupational Therapy from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and has taken graduate level courses focusing on technology within the Interactive Telecommunications department at New York University. She has held a certification in assistive technology since 2003. Holly has practiced since 1997 in rehabilitation settings, acute care, pediatric, home care, outpatient clinics, and long-term care facilities. She started an assistive technology outpatient clinic in 2004 at a large hospital in NYC, addressing the needs of adults and children with significant disabilities. Additionally, Holly has been an adjunct professor in the Department of the Occupational Therapy in the School of Steinhardt at New York University since 2005. She has lectured at national conferences focusing on technology use for individuals with disabilities.
We believe that people with and without disabilities can be empowered when using the correct technology. More importantly, we want everyone to know they have the right to participate in the design & making of technology - having the opportunity to make your own 'stuff' can lead to increased quality of life, maintaining independence, perhaps a new career and staying curious about the world. Making also happens to be really fun!
The goal of DIYAbility is to create a community for people who believe that technology is world opening. The tools and software available today can let anyone implement and make their own devices and make almost anything else. DIYAbility is not just about assistive technology and all that orthopedic looking stuff - it is about acting on an idea whether it is for personal fun or assistance.
DIYAbility was started by John Schimmel (ITP/NYU) and Holly Cohen (OT/ATP). We have been involved with assistive technology design and implementation for several years and want to encourage more people to think creatively about technology and disabilities.