Wireless Charging is Here! – Beam Me Up Scotty!

The phone is bleeping every 3 seconds and it’s about to shut down.  You rush to nearest cafe sit down and reach for… nothing. No need for a charger.  The wireless charging network being offered by the host cafe/office/airport/mall/public space will automatically charge your phone.

This will soon be a real scenario thanks to the innovative AND inventive research of Meredith Perry of UBeam. She claim that the wireless charging model being offered by her company will be as commonplace as wifi internet. Ubeam uses sound, technically ultrasound waves  emitting from a small panel to charge electronic devices.

Meredith goes as far to promise that this technology will remove the need for international adapters and eventually power outlets!

Comments on “The Invisible Women with Autism”

The Invisible Women with Autism” by Apoorva Mandavilli

  • “On average, girls who have mild symptoms of autism are diagnosed two years later than boys.”  The article goes on to note how diagnostic tests are based on observations of boys with autism, so there’s that. 
  • *Groan* “From the start, girls’ restricted interests seem more socially acceptable—dolls or books, perhaps, rather than train schedules—and may go unnoticed.”
  • “…scientists and service providers rarely acknowledge the additional challenges being female may bring, whether physical, psychological, or societal.” So true. 
  • “…but in autism, the fact that boys and girls are different is sometimes treated as if it’s a startling new discovery.”  Also   in the field of Education, sadly. Oh and the Workplace. 
  • “Are we more tolerant, at least in some Western societies, of a girl who is very, very quiet and socially aloof, compared to a boy? I don’t know; I suppose you could say we have higher expectations of women,” Resounding ‘YES’.

I salute Maya’s courage to share her autism diagnosis with employers.  The article makes an excellent case for the lack of support for women with non-traditional learning disorders / diagnosis; this is further compounded by the social stigma surrounded mental health diagnoses, including depression.

Nothing too profound here, but I will try to share my thoughts on the articles I read on here.

Did You Know This About Cerebral Palsy? #WorldCPDay2015

In observance of World Cerebral Palsy Day, which is tomorrow on Wednesday 7th October, I have signed up with the good folks over at Step Up Pakistan (a volunteer group) to spread awareness about CP.   I highly recommend you click over to the map to read the stories from around the world, from men and women with CP to friends and family members.

5 Facts for World Cerebral Palsy Day – 07.Oct. 2015

  1. Cerebral Palsy is a life-long physical disability due to damage of the developing brain.
  2. Globally, approximately 17 million people have Cerebral Palsy (CP).
  3. Early Detection has a tremendous positive effect on children with CP who receive treatment.  Cerebral Palsy, except in it’s mildest forms, can be evident in the first 12 to 18 months.
  4. It can range from weakness in one hand, to an almost complete lack of voluntary movement requiring 24 hour care.
  5. Cerebral palsy is an umbrella term for a group of disorders. It is a condition that is permanent, but not unchanging.*

*Source: Cerebral Palsy Alliance Website