The Perkins School for the Blind again offers the Perkins Assistive Technology Prize as part of the MassChallenge 2013.
The $25,000 prize encourages development of low- and high-tech devices that can enhance quality of life in all areas (e.g. education, transportation, recreation) for persons with disabilities.
The technology can be geared towards a specific disability (vision or hearing loss, mobility impairment, etc.), or have a broader application.
Last year's recipients were Plen-Optika, maker of a low-cost push-button device for prescribing glasses that increases the speed at which optometrists can serve customers, and G.R.I.T., whose novel wheelchair design -- made from affordable bicycle parts -- offers provides unparalleled mobility on rough terrain.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately one-fifth of all Americans live with some type of disability or activity limitation -- a number that increases daily as baby boomers reach retirement age.
Perkins provides education, services and products to people who are blind, deafblind, or visually impaired with other disabilities, to build more productive and meaningful lives.