UN Day for Persons with Disabilities LipSync Buildathon

November 28, 2019


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FREDERICTON, November 28, 2019 – Neil Squire and their Makers Making Change (new window) initiative, in partnership with the Premier’s Council on Disabilities (new window) will hold a LipSync buildathon on UN Day for Persons with Disabilities.

The LipSync enables a person who has no use of their hands to use a touchscreen device, laptop or computer. The LipSync is a mouth-controlled joystick that allows a user to control an onscreen cursor with minimal head and neck movement. An open-source hardware project, the LipSync uses 3D printed parts, an Arduino Micro board, and other common parts that can be soldered to a circuit board and built in a day.

George Street Middle School students and community members will be volunteering alongside technical mentors from Makers Making Change to build over 20 LipSync devices. Each LipSync that’s built at the buildathon will be donated to people with disabilities in the Fredericton area.

For more information or to register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/un-day-for-persons-with-disabilities-lipsync-buildathon-tickets-69945487837 (new window)

Media are invited to attend:

WHAT: UN Day for Persons with Disabilities LipSync Buildathon
WHEN: Tuesday, December 3, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Delta Hotels by Marriott Fredericton, 225 Woodstock Road, Fredericton, NB E3B 2H8

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About Neil Squire

 “We use Technology, Knowledge, and Passion to Empower Canadians with Disabilities.” Neil Squire has been revolutionizing the lives of Canadians with disabilities since 1984 through accessible technology. Our work is focused on four distinct areas: Innovation, Digital Literacy, Employment, and Assistive Technology. Our work enables people with disabilities to achieve their goals, reach their full potential and continue living life to the fullest. Makers Making Change, an initiative launched by Neil Squire in 2016, connects volunteer makers to people with disabilities who need assistive technologies.

For media inquiries:

Courtney Cameron
Regional Coordinator (Atlantic Canada)
Makers Making Change