FDA Approves BrainPort, Device Which Allows Blind To "See" With Tongue: Re-Teaching The Brain To Overcome Disabilities [VIDEO]. The BrainPort V100 is a square, battery-powered plastic lollipop connected to a pair of sunglasses. The sunglasses have a tiny video camera mounted on one of the lenses that captures images of objects surrounding the wearer. The images are then converted into electrical impulses that are sent to electrodes in the lollipop. When the lollipop is put on the tongue, these impulses can be felt as vibrations, which the brain then interprets to give the wearer the size, shape, and position of objects nearby for a better awareness of their surroundings.
When a person loses a sense, either from birth or injury, their brain develops new neural pathways to compensate for the disability. For example, if a person's eyesight is unbalanced, they may see flat surfaces as being slanted. The brain's plasticity readjusts the horizontal plane with new neural pathways that correct the balance. The BrainPort V100 retrains the brain to help the wearer navigate around objects and barriers.
BrainPort Vision Pro. The new BrainPort Vision Pro is a 2nd generation oral electronic vision aid that provides electro-tactile stimulation to aid profoundly blind patients in orientation, mobility, and object recognition as an adjunctive device to other assistive methods such as the white cane or a guide dog. Updated
Florida Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program (BSCIP) The BSCIP Resource Center provides brain and spinal cord injury survivors, family members, caregivers, friends and professionals with educational information and resources needed to support them in the community. Updated
National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA) a program of the United Spinal Association. National Spinal Cord Injury Association, the membership division of United Spinal, was founded in 1948 to improve the lives of all paralyzed Americans.
United Spinal Association United Spinal Association's mission is to improve the quality of life of all people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D). We believe no person should be excluded from opportunity on the basis of their disability. Our goal is to provide people living with SCI/D programs and services that maximize their independence and enable them to remain active in their communities.
Stay Safe: Preventing Spinal Cord Injury (.pdf). The United Spinal Association has a publication about preventing spinal cord injury. Not many people believe they can become a statistic of spinal cord injury; however, it happens every day. It is important to know that spinal cord injury can happen to anyone at any time. There are some protective measures you can take to avoid getting a spinal cord injury.
What is Spinal Cord Injury? This is a general introduction to SCI/D. Understanding what a spinal cord injury is and what diseases affect the spinal cord is not only the first stage of rehabilitation, it is also an important key to prevention. Updated
Women's Health Issues. Check here for a variety of spinal cord injury or disorder-related issues that are unique for women including pregnancy, breastfeeding, maternal health, menopause, health related issues of heart disease, osteoporosis, and breast health. Updated