Technology Enables Quadriplegic Child to Film WildlifeBy Conway, Doug; Conway, Tom; CSUN Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference - 21st Annual Conference, 2006,
Publication Date: March 2006
Paper discusses do-it-yourself assistive technology solutions created to allow a young man with a C6 spinal cord injury to film sporting events and wildlife. The young man’s father created a helmet mount for a camera, which allows the boy to film spontaneously – always a necessity when filming wildlife and sports. The young man has enough head strength and control to use a 2X telephoto converter on the camera, though this application makes the helmet heavier and less stable. They switched to a pan/tilt application that allows for remote control with stability and magnification while sitting 50 feet away from the camera, which is mounted on a tripod. The young man edits his footage with iMovie on his iBook, and hopes to someday create educational wildlife videos and film sporting events. A list of the consumer technology utilized by the father-son team is provided. This paper was presented at California State University, Northridge Center on Disabilities' 21st Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, which was held March 20-25 in 2006.
Published by: Center on Disabilities at CSUN (Website:http://www.csun.edu/cod/)