Affordable Digital Access for Persons with Disabilities: netClé
Tetra Society of North America has received funding to build and bring to market netClé (pronounced net-clay), an affordable and customizable device that provides simple access for people with disabilities into the digital economy.
netClé originated as SensAct in Ottawa at Bruyere Continuing Care Saint-Vincent Hospital (SVH) where their staff and volunteer team with assistance of experienced Tetra volunteers developed the hardware and software. In our national initiative, the technology will be applied to enable people with limited to severe physical disabilities to easily control a mouse and keyboard. The project will roll out in two phases, beginning with pilot projects through Tetra chapters in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and New Brunswick. Phase two will see national marketing and promotions, distribution through our chapter network and local community partnerships, and online sales.
Tetra coordinators and head office will be actively recruiting for the pilot teams (OT/SLP and tech support), as well as participants to use, test and provide feedback on the devices.
netClé comes with a variety of sensors so that users may signal their intent with touch or movement from a single digit (or more) to limbs and head, depending on their ability. At the heart of netClé is a hardware-printed circuit board attached to a common micro-controller that makes it possible to connect six or more input sensors to various outputs, allowing a user to connect with:
The significant innovation is in netClé’s software configurability, making it versatile for various needs, abilities and purposes, and supports the users’ sense of independence and activity.
For more information about netClé and the recruitment for pilot teams, please contact David Ostro, Program Coordinator: info@netCle.ca.
To sign-up as a participant in the pilot projects and for updates about the initiative, please complete the form below: