FYI: What You Need To Know

How “planful” are you?

Writing out your plans, even if they’re just a few quickly scribbled notes, can help you reach your goals. Researchers at U of Oregon tested 282 students on their “Planfulness Scale,” and then monitored the number of times each participant swiped into the campus gym. A one-point higher score on the Planfulness Scale corresponded to an extra 5.9 gym visits on average during the fall semester and 8.5 extra visits during the winter semester.

Source: Psychological Science

UNO Braille

The classic game UNO just got a lot more inclusive with the release of cards featuring Braille markings on the corners. Developed in ollaboration with the National Federation of the Blind, the new cards look just like the originals, but with Braille to indicate the colour, number and action.

Source: Newsweek

Gassing up

FuelService beats you to the pump by allowing drivers with disabilities to choose a gas station in advance and notify staff of their need for assistance. The gas station confirms if assistance is available, and FuelService lets them know when the driver has arrived—all via app!

Source: CBC

53% of people asked, want Canada-wide standards for universal access.
Source: Rick Hanson Foundation

Music to your skin

The SoundShirt from CuteCircuit allows people with hearing loss to actually feel haptic sensations while music is being played. Using 16 micro-actuators embedded in the fabric of the shirt, live music can be transformed into feelings on the wearer’s skin. The shirt transmits different sounds in distinct areas of the body—such as violins on the arms, drums on the back and deeper sounds on the torso—for a complete orchestral experience.

Source: Fortune

All about Crohn’s

There can be a lot of confusion about what Crohn’s disease actually entails. Here’s what you should know:

Crohn’s is an inflammatory bowel disease (not the same as irritable bowel disease/IBS).
The severity varies from person to person, and the same medicines don’t work for all.
Flares can be triggered by a variety of factors.
There is no cure for Crohn’s.
The effects or complications of Crohn’s can cause arthritis, vitamin deficiencies and hair loss.

Source: The Incidental Parent

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